In a role reversal of weather, conditions deteriorated in Bad Homburg on Tuesday but, despite the chill and rain, Victoria Azarenka and Amanda Anisimova both cruised into the second round as they prepare for Wimbledon.
Second-seeded Azarenka of Belarus defeated countrywoman Yuliya Hatouka, 7-5 6-0, saving 7 of 10 break points and winning 74 percent of her first serve points in the remaining first-round match at the Bad Homburg Open, taking an hour 17 minutes encounter.
Azarenka, who took a wildcard into the event, won almost 74% of her first-serve points and converted 7 of the 11 break points she had.
The Belarusian, who won the doubles title with compatriot Aryna Sabalenka in Berlin on Sunday, struggled in rainy conditions in Germany as she was broken 3 times in the first set.
The World No 14 faced a tough test and couldn’t shake off the world number 271 until late in the opener when, after saving break points, she finally broke Hatouka in her following two return games to seal the set in 53 minutes.
The second proved a much easier affair as she didn’t concede a single break point and won all 6 games to advance into round two of the inaugural Bad Homburg Open presented by Engel & Völkers.
Azarenka plays Alizé Cornet for a place in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, 19 year-old Anisimova is hoping for a good grass court season to lift her back up from No 81 in the world, and the American sealed a convincing win over German veteran Andrea Petkovic, 6-1 7-5, as she moved into the last eight.
Anisimova produced a high-quality first set as she stormed into a 4-0 lead and sealed it in just 24 minutes, continuing her momentum into the second by breaking in the German’s opening game of the set.
Nevertheless, Petkovic showed good performances on the grass, and remained resilient to break back for 4-4.
Despite that setback, the American broke in the 11th game and closed out the match to love.
Anisimova broke Petkovic 4 times while getting her serve broken once, and finished with 65 points to Petkovic’s 38.
Anisimova will play either Angelique Kerber or Anna Blinkova next, who play on Wednesday.
Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic took down another American, No 3 seed Jessica Pegula, 6-3 5-7 6-4, but it took her 2 hours 9 minutes complete the upset and advance to play Laura Siegemund next.
Siniakova won about 70% of her first-serve points to the American’s 65%, converting 5 of the 7 break points she had while saving 6 of the 9 break points, she faced.
The World No 76 finished with 102 points to Pegula’s 99 for the match.
Siegemund, the No 8 seed, cruised past fellow German Tamara Korpatsch, 6-2 6-2, in an hour and 41 minutes, while the 5th match of the day suspended due to darkness, with Spanish No 7 seed Sara Sorribes Tormo leading Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-4, 2-3.
Siegemund made good on 5 of the 10 break point opportunities she had in the match, while saving 6 of the 7 break points, she faced.
The 55th ranked Siegemund finished with 70 points to Korpatsch’s 53 for the match.
The last-8 match between Siniakova and Siegemund will be the second career meeting between the two. In their only previous match, in the final of the 2016 Bastad Open, the latter edged Siniakova in straight sets.