Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova were the first favorites to qualify for the third round of Wimbledon after solving their commitments very differently against Gasparyan and Puig, respectively.
Svitolina (8th) was lucky, because he was having a bad time against an opponent, the Russian, who had won him very recently in Birmingham and who dominated by 7-5 and 5-6 when he had to leave due to injury. Anyway, the Ukrainian, who put the last Monday to a three-game losing streak, will face for a place in the second round to the Greek Maria Sakkari, who beat the Czech re-peat Marie Bouzkova (6-4 and 6-1) .
Pliskova (3ª), on the other hand, passed over the Puerto Rican Mónica Puig, especially in the first set (6-0 and 6-4 in 60 minutes). With nine aces, he only lost once in the second set when he already had the victory rather than on track. Now they will be seen with the dangerous Taiwanese Su-Wei Hsieh, who beat the Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 7-6 (3) and 6-3. Pliskova is, along with Barty, Kvitova and Mertens, one of the four tennis players who fight for number one and had beaten Puig in their only previous showdown on grass, heading to Nottingham three years ago.
Anett Kontaveit (20th) won one of the British hopes that did not quite take off, Heather Watson by 7-5 and 6-1, and I come the defeat against her at Roland Garros 2014 to be able to face in the next phase the Czech Karolina Muchova, who could with the American Madison Brengle (6-3 and 6-4).
Simona Halep suffered to overcome her Romanian compatriot Mihaela Buzarnescu, whom she faced in an ITF tournament when she was 16 years old. It was the first time they crossed paths in a WTA and Grand Slam match, and the ex-number one of the world won in three sets: 6-3, 4-6 and 6-2. She will face in the third round another who was leader of the world ranking, the Belarussian Victoria Azarenka, who seems again in good shape and who won the Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2 and 6-0.
This Friday he will look for a place in the final against the Italian Lorenzo Sonego, executioner of Adrian Mannarino by 3-6, 7-6 (3) and 6-3. It should be remembered that Carreño, one of the 10 Spaniards in the Wimbledon men’s singles, the third ‘Grand Slam’ that starts on Monday at the All England Club tracks, will form in doubles with Feliciano Lopez, the new champion of everything at Queen’s. The penultimate round of Antalya allows him to ascend ten places in the ranking, from 59 to 49. At 27, the tennis player who trains at the Equelite Academy Juan Carlos Ferrero has room to recover positions in the second part of the season.
- An eternal Rafa Nadal defeats Djokovic in Rome
- Djokovic loses the roles and breaks the racket at the start of the third set
Rafael Nadal, who conquered his ninth crown in Rome after beating Serbian Novak Djokovic on Sunday, assured that winning the title again at this Masters 1000 fourteen years after the first time, “means a lot” to him. “First congratulations to Novak For his career and for the season he is doing, congratulations for Madrid and luck for Paris next week, for me it is an incredible week, the city is one of the best in the world, “said Nadal during the award ceremony at the center Foro Italico “It’s an honor, I always remember the first time I came here in 2005 and many years later winning this cup again means a lot.” Thanks, “he continued. It’s the first title of the year for Nadal, which he had lost precisely against Djokovic the final of the Australian Open, and the Balearic celebrated with his team. “Winning a title is important, but the most important thing is to feel competitive, then if I have this level, I know I have my options, it was a great game, I played well and now I enjoy it,” he said.
Rafa has been too strong today ”
For his part, Novak Djokovic acknowledged that the Spaniard was “too strong”. “Rafa was too strong today, congratulations to him and his team, I was able to win a set at the end, and I hope the public enjoyed a good match, as always Rome gives me a lot of emotions, thanks for the support,” he said. Serbian during the award ceremony.