Lausanne | Young Russians advance to round 2 in Switzerland

One of three WTA 250 events taking place this week, the Ladies Open Lausanne kicked off in Switzerland on clay courts with wins by two young Russians, 16-year old Mirra Andreeva and 20-year old Elina Avanesyan, while Jil Teichmann kept the Swiss flag waving high on opening day.

In the beginning of the year, I wanted to do Top 70. Til the end of the year, to be top-50. If I can do it, that would be amazing for me, for sure. If not, I have maybe 20 more years to do that! Mirra Andreeva

Playing her first tournament since her Wimbledon round-of-16 exit, Andreeva, seeded 6 here, won her 1st-round match against Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska, 6-0 6-2, after just 65 minutes of play.

Andreeva won 65% of her first-serve points and 67% points on returning Yastremska’s first delivery.

Both won a fraction of their second-serve points, with Andreeva taking 9 of the 21 points played on her’s while Yastremska scored 8 out of 22.

The World No 64 faced 3 break points, and saved one of them, while converting 7 of 10 break points on the Ukrainian’s serve.

“I’m really happy with my win today,” Andreeva said in her on-court interview. “I showed some great level, I think.. you may have to ask my coach after. I just try to play as I play. I just try to play my game.”

Asked about her goals, she said: “In the beginning of the year, I wanted to do Top 70. Til the end of the year, to be top-50.

“If I can do it, that would be amazing for me, for sure. If not, I have maybe 20 more years to do that!” she added with a grin.

Andreeva needed only 6 tournaments and 4 months to rocket from No 312 in April to her current No 64, including breakout runs at Roland Garros, where she reached the 3rd-round, and Wimbledon in making the 4th.

At the latter, her ability to adapt to grass so well in her first event on the surface was the story, while her in Lausanne, Andreeva once again demonstrated mastery of her native clay.

The Russian’s next opponent is Anna Bondar, after the Hungarian beat Spain’s Aliona Bolsova, 6-1 6-3, in an hour and 27 minutes.

Eighth seed Avanesyan also reached the 2nd-round after her opponent, compatriot Evgeniya Rodina retired from their match after just 38 minutes of play.

Avanesyan was leading 6-2, 2-0 when Rodina’s mid-match retirement gave her a passage into the next round.

Argentine Julia Riera advanced after the World No 143 defeated Romanian Patricia Maria Tig, 6-2 6-1, in 71 minutes, and she will take on either Swiss wild-card Celine Naff or second seed, Italy’s Elisabetta Cocciaretto, in round 2.

Meanwhile, Teichmann, another Swiss, made it through by defeating Mirra’s older sister, 19-year old Erika Andreeva, 6-2 6-2, in an hour and 17 minutes.

Teichmann won 80% of her first-serve points and saved all 3 break points she faced, while she also converted 4 of 6 break points she had on Andreeva’s serve.






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