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Two years ago, Bianca Andreescu (WTA 7) made a real sensation on the professional court. She won three tournaments, including the US Open (her first appearance was in a New York event). Health issues, which also haunted her in 2019, and the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the Canadian from playing a game last season. After 24 months, she returned to the place of greatest victory. Already in the first round, Andreescu faced a big problem. The winner was 7:5, 4:6, 7:5 Viktorija Golubić (WTA 47).
In the first set, the Canadian won four straight games of 3:5. In the second game, there was one breakout, which Golubić scored in 5:4. In the deciding edition, Andreescu came back from 2:4. She sent seven aces in the two-hour match. and 48 minutes. I sent 40 closing strokes for 36 non-forced fouls. The Swiss have 15 straight wins and 26 fouls. Both tennis players scored three breaks.
Aside from winning the 2019 US Open, Andreescu hasn’t made it past the second round in the remaining six Grand Slam matches. At this year’s Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon won one match in total. The Canadian’s other competitor will be Lauren Davis (WTA 98), who defeated 6:2, 2:6, 6:3 and Victoria Tomoa (WTA 117). In one hour and 43 minutes, the American scored 12 out of 14 netting points and four breaks.
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Petra Kvitova (WTA 11) crushed Bologna Herkog (WTA 86) 6:1, 6:2. Within 61 minutes, the two-time Wimbledon champion scored 26 of 32 points with her first pass. I blocked three break points and used all four breakout opportunities. In the second round, the Czechs will face fellow countryman Kristina Pliskova (WTA 115), who sent 13 aces and defeated Danka Kovinic (WTA 67) 6:4, 6:3.
Anastazga Pavlyuchenkova (WTA 15) 6:4, 6:2 beat Alison Riske (WTA 35) in 78 minutes. The finalist at Roland Garros this year used four of his eight break points. Another contender for the Russian is Anna Karolina Schmidlova (WTA 93), who won 7:5, 6:7 (3), 6:3 Ashlyn Krueger (WTA 649). The American led with 5:7, 3:5 for the third game after defending the match ball. There was one break in it, and Slovakia scored 3:1.
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Women’s Singles Match Round 1:
Bianca Andreescu (Canada, 6) – Victoria Golubek (Swagkaria) 7:5, 4:6, 7:5
Petra Kvitova (Czech 10) – Bologna Herkog (Slovenia) 6-1 6-2
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia 14) beat Alison Riske (US) 6:4, 6:2
Jessica Pegula (USA, 23) beat Anastazga Potapova (Russia) 6-2, 6-2.
Annette Kontaveit (Estonia, 28) – Samantha Stosur (Australia) 6:3, 6:0
Sarah Soribes (Spain) Karolina Mochova (Czech Republic 22), 6-2, 7-6 (3).
Sorana Kirstia (Romania) beat Wironika Kudermova (Russia 29), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-0.
Ludmila Samsonova (Russia) beat Katie Poulter (Great Britain) 6-3, 6-2
Su Wei Hsieh (Taguan) – Claire Liu (USA) 6:1, 6:4
Lauren Davis (US) beat Victoria Tomoa (Bulgaria, L.P.) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
Gilles Teichmann (Switzerland) beat Cristina Buxa (es, s) 6-3, 6-4
Misaki Doi (Japan) – Storm Sanders (Australia, WC) 7:6 (3), 6:3
Shelby Rogers (US) – Madison Pringle (US) 6:4, 6:0
Kristina Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Danka Kovenic (Montenegro) 6-4, 6-3.
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia, Q) beats Ashlyn Krueger (USA, WC) 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-3
Great Menin (Belgium, Los Angeles) v Nadia Podroska (Argentina) 6:4, 1-1, 6-3
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