Angelique Kerber suffered a huge scare against veteran Francesca Schiavone in the opening round of the Monterrey Open, eventually coming through in three sets as she progressed to the second round where she would face Mandy Minella.
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Tuesday, 4 April 2017
Russian Daria Kasatkina stopped her four-match losing streak at the Volvo Car Open as she defeated another struggling player in Danka Kovinic, whose losing streak got extended to eight matches. It was truly an excellent performance from Kasatkina, who sealed a meeting with Monica Puig in the second round.
|Daria Kasatkina in action at Dubai | Photo: Tom Dulat/Getty Images Europe|
The first day of action at the Volvo Car Open was filled with excitement and good matches as half of the first round matches were completed, before rain halted play for the rest of the evening which caused a total of 5 matches to go uncompleted entering the second day.
A notable match is definitely between Laura Siegemund and Lesia Tsurenko, which was decided in a final set tiebreak that went in the favour of the German. Tsurenko was visibly affected by an injury but she persevered on and managed to lead by a break in the final set before crumbling to an inspired Siegemund.
Naomi Osaka got through a huge scare against Johanna Larsson in three sets after losing the tight opening set in a tiebreak. She managed to regain her composure and bounce back from the disappointment by comfortably winning the next two sets, sealing a place in the second round.
Jelena Jankovic looked to be playing her best as she defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova in straight sets in her opening round match, which included a bagel in the first set. Jankovic looked solid throughout the match, breaking serve six times in the process of sealing a blockbuster meeting against Samantha Stosur in the second round.
Other results include Andrea Petkovic comfortably winning her match against Lara Arruabarrena in straight sets, while Alison Riske suffered a huge scare against the dangerous wildcard Kayla Day, eventually triumphing in three sets. Lucky-loser Ons Jabeur also made good use of her second chance as she strolled to a routine victory over Marina Erakovic, losing just five games in the process. Jelena Ostapenko and Kateryna Bondarenko were the other winners of the day.