Tennis – WTA – Rome: Kontaveit and Ka.Pliskova, Sakkari and Sabalenka entry exits without force

Posted May 11, 2022 at 3:40 pm – Updated May 11, 2022 at 3:42 PM

Marie Mahe

Anett Kontaveit was defeated at the entrance to Rome by Petra Martic, as was Karolina Pliskova by Jil Teichmann. For her part, Aryna Sabalenka easily validated her ticket for the eighth, as did Maria Sakkari.

Anett Kontaveit is already taking the door. This Wednesday, the Estonian, 5th player in the world and number 5 seed, was eliminated in the second round of the WTA 1000 tournament in Rome, Italy, on clay, by the Croatian Petra Martic, 47th player in the world and the classifications, in two sets (6-2, 6-3) and 1h22 of play. In the first round, however, it was the Estonian who had made the break first, and at the start, after her fourth attempt. Before breaking up completely, losing the last six games of this set, including his last three serves, to drop that first set in a final bleach (6-2). Finally, in the second and final round, after a break point for each of the two incoming players, the game became much more disarticulated. From 1-1 to 3-3, no player managed to win his service. And if the Croatian recovered perfectly, it was not the case of his rival. Again broken with the 3-3, despite the first two balls saved, Anett Kontaveit then dropped a final serve, synonymous with winning the game of Petra Martic (6-3).

Ka.Pliskova surrendered

A little twist and then he leaves. Czech Karolina Pliskova, 6th in the world and No. 6 seed, was eliminated in the second round by Swiss Jil Teichmann, 29th in the world, in three sets (6-2, 4-6, 6-4 ) and 2:42 of the match. In the first set, the Czech saved four breaks, but still lost all four matches. At the same time, Karolina Pliskova turned two into five breaking points. But not enough to take the lead in this round (6-2). In the second set, both players fought for service again. But thanks to another break, the 6th player in the world was able to tie a set everywhere (6-4). Finally, in the third and final round, everything really came to an end, when the No. 6 seed gave up his last two services, before finally giving up his arms, despite a break between the two (6-4).

Sakkari did not force

The logic was followed. The Greek Maria Sakkari, 4th player in the world and No. 4 seed, qualified for the eighth, after her victory over the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, 31st player in the world, in two sets (6-3, 6 -2) and 1h19. game. In the first set, with 2-1, the Greek got a first break point, before saving one in turn, calmly. Finally, at 4-3, or at the best of times, Maria Sakkari made the white break, before, just after, doing it twice before concluding (6-3). Finally, in the second and final round, the Russian lost her first three matches, not without having erased, with 0-3, one of her handicaps. Little to prevent the 4th player in the world from putting an end to this match, in her second match point (6-2).

Sabalenka had fun

I had no time to waste. Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, 8th in the world and No. 3 seed, quietly qualified for the eighth after her victory over China’s Shuai Zhang, 42nd in the world, in two short sets (6-2 , 6-0) and only 51 minutes of play. In the first set, the Belarusian broke his rival rival, before falling back, in white play, with the 3-1. To conclude later with a last white match (6-2). Finally, in the second and final round, Aryna Sabalenka broke her entry competitor again, before trying four times to do so again calmly, then twice to continue her raid just after and conclude with a bicycle wheel (6-0).

Pegula, Gauff and Azarenka classified, Bencic eliminated

Classification also for the American Jessica Pegula, 11th player in the world and No. 13 seed, who took advantage of the withdrawal of the Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina, 36th player in the world, by her compatriot. Cori Gauff, 15th player in the world and number 15 seed, against another of her compatriots, Madison Brengle61st player in the world and lucky loser, in two sets (6-2, 6-4) and 1h15 of play and by the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, 16th player in the world and No. 16 seed, against the Colombian Maria Camila Osorio Serrano , 58th player in the world, in two sets (6-2, 6-4) and 1:29 of play. . of the American Amanda Anisimova, 32nd player in the world, in two sets (7-6 (5), 6-1) and 1:46 of play.

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