Cleveland – WTA 250 Tennis in the Land presented by motorola edge
America’s Sofia Kenin showed some of the form that brought her the Australian Open title in 2020 when she upset 5th-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu from Romanian at the Tennis in the Land tournament on Tuesday.
I feel like everything is slowly falling into place, and gives me some confidence. I’m super happy with the way I played, and I’m proud of myself. Sofia Kenin
Advancing to the quarter-finals of a WTA event for the first time since January, Kenin beat Begu, 6-3 6-2, taking an hour 12 minutes on Monday night.
Begu, ranked 34, never led in the match, while Kenin won the final 3 games in each set, taking a 5-2 lead in the second with a drop-shot that left the Romanian visibly frustrated.
“I served pretty well and I played my ‘good game’ that I wanted to play today,” Kenin said. “Irina is a very good player, so I had to do that to come out on top.”
Having suffered setbacks since winning her biggest title in Melbourne, including illness and injuries, Kenin endured back-to-back 1st-round exits at her last two US Open tune-up events, but is looking happier on the hard courts in Cleveland, Ohio, winning 70% of her first serve points, and saving 4 of the 5 break points she faced against the Romanian.
“I feel like everything is slowly falling into place, and gives me some confidence,” said Kenin, who has dropped to No 415 in the world after losing 8 straight matches prior to receiving a wild-card into Cleveland and beating qualifier Dalayna Hewitt, also from the USA, in the 1st-round.
“I’m super happy with the way I played, and I’m proud of myself,” she added.
The 23-year-old hopes to get a good run going after the series of injuries that have plagued her since claiming the title in Melbourne.
Kenin, whose father Alex returned to her coaching team earlier this year, will next face either top-seeded 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova or American Bernarda Pera in the quarter-finals, who play on Wednesday.
In other results on Tuesday, Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich, seeded 7th, outlasted Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo, 4-6 6-3 6-3, while Poland’s Magda Linette saw off Sorana Cirstea from Romania, 6-4 6-2, and France’s Alize Cornet found her way past Denmark’s Clara Tauson, 6-3 7-6(1), all making their places in the Last 8.
Meanwhile, Ludmilla Samsonova advanced by dismissing her Russian compatriot, lucky loser Iryna Shymanovich, 6-1 6-0, to complete the 2nd-round line-up.
The Tennis in the Land event was inaugurated in 2021 and is part of the US Open Series, taking place a week prior to the US Open (a Grand Slam event) at Cleveland’s iconic Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Flats West Bank.
Granby – WTA 250 Championnats Banque Nationale de Granby
On a rain-soaked day in Quebec, Spain’s Nuria Parrizas Diaz, the No 5 seed, defeated Britain’s Harriet Dart, 6-2 6-4, to reach the quarter-finals of the Les Championnats Banque Nationale de Granby on Tuesday evening.
Parrizas Diaz, ranked No 64 and the only woman to advance on Day 2, will face the winner of the match between Russian Daria Kasatkina, the top seed, and Pole Magdalena Frech next.
Before the schedule was washed out, 4 singles matches were on the schedule for Tuesday, but only the one was completed due to the inclement weather in Granby.
Parrizas Diaz and Dart were initially scheduled to begin their 2nd-round match at 10am, but only took to the court at 2.30pm after the rain pushed back their start time by over 4 hours.
When they finally got underway, it was the Spaniard who found her groove first, breaking twice in the opening set as part of a 4-game run.
The pair were out on court for 72 minutes when they were forced to take cover as the rain returned at 2-2 in the second set.
On the restart, Parrizas Diaz looked as though she wanted to get back to the locker room as quickly as possible, winning the first 3 games out of the delay to move within one of victory.
Closing out the match proved difficult, though, as she was broken serving for the win despite 2 match points, and then needed 5 in total to seal the deal, finally breaking Dart to close out the straight sets win.
Top seed Kasatkina, the World No 10, was so close to the quarter-finals she could taste it, leading Magdalena Frech 6-3, 5-0 when the rain returned around 9 pm, and the match was officially postponed at 9.20 pm.
After struggling to find her rhythm in the 1st-round, Kasatkina was dialled in on Tuesday, breaking serve in 5 of her 7 return games, including 5 straight before rain stopped play as Frech prepared to serve to stay in the match.
Now the top seed will have to come back on Wednesday to try and win one more game to book her place in the Last 8.
The other six 2nd-round matches are also all on Wednesday’s schedule.