The South American clay court circuit having moved from Cordoba to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, where no home player has won in the past 13 years, saw six of the local nine competing in this year’s field, make first round exits.
The tricolour of France flew brightly as Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic bounced back from early exits in Australia to advance to the second round of the Open 6ème Sens - Métropole de Lyon on Tuesday.
Two Americans advanced at the Qatar Total Open on Tuesday, Madison Keys, who upset No 6 seed Belinda Bencic, and Jessica Pegula, with an impressive win over Qiang Wang, while Ons Jabeur and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova got past qualifiers to also reach the second round.
With the reigning Rotterdam champion of the past two years, Gael Monfils, absent and only two other former title holders in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament’s field, the race to lift the trophy this year is on.
On a cloudy day in Doha, Australian Open finalist Jennifer Brady was knocked out in the first round of the Qatar Total Open by Anett Kontaveit, while Victoria Azarenka, Garbiñe Muguruza, Jelena Ostapenko and Angelique Kerber all won their opening-round matches.
The Original 9, who laid the groundwork for the WTA Tour, are the first group elected together to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, joining Lleyton Hewitt and Dennis Van der Meer in the class of 2021.