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31st Palermo Ladies Open Day 1 Recap
The first day of main draw play at the 31st Palermo Ladies Open was a blessing in disguise. We missed WTA tennis and we’re happy it’s back.
Make sure to check out the results below and read all the way to the bottom to find out how to keep up with the tournament and stay connected with The Tennis Advocate.
31st Palermo Ladies Open Day 1 Results
Laura Siegemund vs. Irina-Camelia Begu
In her Round of 32 match against Irina-Camelia Begu, the WTA 65th ranked Laura Siegemund would get off to a solid start at the 31st Palermo Ladies Open.
Siegemund would take the first set, 6-3, breaking Begu’s serve twice. In the second set, Siegemund would once again defeat Begu, only needing to break her once to win the set 6-4 and the match 6-3, 6-4.
Arantxa Rus vs. Donna Vekic (6)
In her first WTA match since the tour shutdown earlier this year in March, the 24th ranked Donna Vekic would handle Arantxa Rus easily.
Vekic, the sixth seeded player in the 31st Palermo Ladies Open, would break Rus’ serve three times in the opening set on her way to a 6-1 set victory.
In the second set, despite breaking Vekic once, Rus would fall short once again and Vekic would win 6-2 to take the match 6-1, 6-2.
Sara Errani (wc) vs. Sorana Cirstea
The former World No. 1, granted a wild card entry into the tournament, Sara Errani, would put up a good showing against Sorana Cirstea.
In the first set of their match, Errani and Cirstea would go back-and-forth a lot, but in the end, Errani would take the set 7-5. In the second set, Cirstea would fight back and break Errani’s serve three times, only allowing her to win one game, and would take the set 6-1.
The deciding set would prove to be very tight, but Sara Errani would break Cirstea in the tenth game to win the match 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.
Polona Hercog vs. Elisabetta Cocciaretto (wc)
Despite being the lower-ranked of the two players, Elisabetta Cocciaretto would get a big win against Polona Hercog today.
Cocciaretto would take the first set in a tiebreak, 7-1, to take a one set lead. In the second set, Hercog would not put up as much of a fight as Cocciaretto cruised to a 6-3 set victory.
With this, Elisabetta Cocciaretto would win the match 7-6 (7-1), 6-3.
Ekaterina Alexandrova (8) vs. Kristina Mladenovic
The 42 ranked WTA player, Kristina Mladenovic would take the first set from the 27th ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova. Mladenovic would break Alexandrova’s serve an astonishing five times in the opening set, taking it 7-5.
In the second set, Alexandrova would battle back in a big way. She would break Mladenovic three and hold her serve at love once en route to a 6-0 set victory.
In the deciding set, Alexandrova would once again have her way with Mladenovic, defeating her 6-1 to take the match 5-7, 6-0, 6-1.
Jasmine Paolini vs. Daria Kasatkina
In a match between two Top 100 WTA players, Jasmine Paolini and Daria Kasatkina would play a tight first set.
After breaking Paolini twice, Kasatkina would eventually take the opening set 7-5. In the second set, Paolini would level the match at one set apiece by defeating Kasatkina 6-4.
In the deciding third set, Jasmine Paolini would finish off one of the biggest victories of her career, defeating Daria Kasatkina 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
Dayana Yastremska (7) vs. Sara Sorribes Tormo
The WTA 25th ranked Dayana Yastremska would take the opening set easily against opponent Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Yastremska would break Tormo three times, while only being broken once, on her way to a 6-3 set victory. In the second set, Yastremska would go down 0-4 quickly, but would win six games in a row to take the match 6-3, 6-4.
Kristyna Pliskova vs. Maria Sakkari (3)
Taking on the third-seeded Maria Sakkari, Kristyna Pliskova would get a big set win to open the match. In the opening set, Pliskova would break Sakkari in the first game, and that would be all she would need to take the set 6-4.
In the second set, Pliskova would would once again break Sakkari in the first game, and once again, would defeat Sakkari 6-4 to take the match 6-4, 6-4.
V.Heisen / E.Webley-Smith vs. G. Minnen / A. Uytvanck
In the first WTA doubles match since the tour suspension, Greet Minnen and Alison Van Uytvanck would team up for a win.
Minnen and Uytvanck would play solid tennis, defeating the team of Vivian Heisen and Emily Webley-Smith with relative ease, 6-4, 6-4.
E. Bogdan / R. Jani vs. U. Eikeri / E. Lechemia
In the second doubles match, Ulrikke Eikeri and Elixane Lechemia would join forces to face Elena Bogdan and Reka-Luca Jani.
In the first set, Eikeri and Lechemia would break Bogdan and Jani twice, while only being broken once, to take the set 6-3. In the second set, Eikeri and Lechemia would take care of business, winning the set 6-2 and the match 6-3, 6-2.
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