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Sport Martic advances in Palermo, Vondrousova ousted by qualifier Juvan

01:30  05 august  2020
01:30  05 august  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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PALERMO , Italy - Slovenian qualifier Kaja Juvan scored the biggest win of her career to upset No.2 seed Marketa Vondrousova and move into the second round at the Palermo Ladies Open. Juvan , who had already played three grueling matches in Palermo as she battled through the qualifying

Markéta Vondroušová (Czech: [ˈmarkɛːta ˈvondrouʃovaː], born 28 June 1999) is a Czech professional tennis player. She has a career-high Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranking of world No. 14. Vondroušová finished runner-up at the 2019 French Open

(Reuters) - The top seeds at the Palermo Ladies Open had a day of mixed fortunes as Croatia's Petra Martic advanced in straight sets, while second seed Marketa Vondrousova was ousted by Slovenian qualifier Kaja Juvan in the first round on Tuesday.

Petra Martić hitting a ball with a racket: FILE PHOTO: WTA Premier - Dubai Tennis Championships © Reuters/Christopher Pike FILE PHOTO: WTA Premier - Dubai Tennis Championships Belinda Bencic hitting a ball with a racket: FILE PHOTO: Tipsport Elite Trophy tennis tournament © Reuters/DAVID W CERNY FILE PHOTO: Tipsport Elite Trophy tennis tournament

Martic beat rusty Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 6-0 6-3 in her first match back on the tour in five months after the novel coronavorus pandemic suspended tennis worldwide, wrapping up the contest in 65 minutes with four breaks of serve.

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The 29-year-old Croatian looked at home on the clay and started the match aggressively, needing only 23 minutes to take the opening set as Van Uytvanck struggled to find answers to her opponent's superior court coverage.

"I think I felt my nerves a little bit more, because the break was so long," Martic told reporters in a virtual news conference. "It's such a big uncertainty going on the court not knowing how you're going to be.

"I played well before the break, so I was happy with the rhythm, but obviously five months off disrupts everything. Once the match started, I kind of let go and just played."

In the other half of the draw, Juvan came from behind to beat the Czech Republic's Vondrousova 1-6 7-5 6-4 to notch up the biggest win of the teenager's career.

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Martic will kick off her Palermo campaign against the tricky Alison Van Uytvanck, and could face No.5 seed Elise Mertens should they both advance to the In photos: Perfect in Palermo : From Szavay to Teichmann. Vondrousova , the No.2 seed, could face Dayana Yastremska in the quarterfinals, while

Juvan vs Vondrousova predictions, match preview and betting tips by StarLion on Tuesday, 4 August 2020 Kaja Juvan is one of the most talented girls on the circuit and doesn't play as regularly as she is She has won all her 3 qualifiers here and though will feel some exhaustion coming here, she will

Juvan, who played three qualifying rounds to get into the main draw, is ranked more than 100 places below the 18th-ranked Vondrousova and overcame her nerves in the opening set to mount a memorable comeback.

"It was pretty hard to play, she's obviously a great player," Juvan said. "She started off really well and I was a little nervous.

"The conditions were pretty hard but then in the second and third set I calmed myself down and I started to play much better."

The 19-year-old Juvan took a 4-0 lead in the second and nearly lost her advantage when Vondrousova won five games in a row but fought back to clinch the second set before breaking the Czech twice in the third to win in 2-1/2 hours.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)


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