London | WTA Roundup – Kontaveit hosts at home 

Tallinn, Estonia, and Parma, Italy see action in two WTA 250 tournaments this week.

Tallinn – WTA 250 Tallinn Open

Three Britons competed in qualifying for Anett Kontaveit’s hometown tournament that has attracted a strong field.

Jodie Burrage, Heather Watson and Katie Boulter, the British Nos 4, 5 and 6, experienced mixed fortunes over the weekend, and only Boulter, the 11th seed, made it into the main draw, with wins over American wild-card Ingrid Neel, 6-0 6-2, and Daria Snigur, the 5th seed from Ukraine, 1-6 6-4 6-3.

5th-seeded Watson dispatched local Estonian wild-card Liisa Varul easily enough, 6-1 6-1, but faded against Linda Noskova, seeded 4 and one of the talented young group of Czechs coming through the ranks, 6-1 7-6(0).

Burrage , the 7th seed in qualifying, fell at the first hurdle against Frenchwoman Jessika Ponchet, 2-6 6-3 6-4.

The main draw includes Kontaveit, Olympic champion Belinda Bencic, former US Open finalist Madison Keys, French Open winners Jelena Ostapenko and Barbora Krejickova and fast-rising Beatriz Haddad-Maia.

Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina was also among the entry list but withdrew through illness.

The 2022 Tallinn Open is the first WTA 250 event in Estonia, and Kontaveit, the top seed, is the best Estonian player, with veteran Kaia Kanepi another home favourite in the field.

Katie Boulter came through qualifying in Tallinn and meets Jaqueline Cristian in the 1st-round of the main draw of the WTA 250 event

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Kontaveit pushed hard for her country to get the chance to stage the event, and now she sees her dream come true this week.

She kicks off her home campaign against Xiyu Wang from China, and could advance to meet either lucky loser Mirjam Bjorklund from Sweden or Czech Tereza Martincova.

The 2nd seed is Swiss Belinda Bencic, who opens against local wild-card Elena Malygina, and could see a round two encounter with either Jacqueline Christian from Romania or Boulter.

Haddad Maia is the 3rd seed and she will face another Chinese, Wang Xinyu, with, possibly, Diane Parry from France of qualifier Noskova.

Some of the other interesting match-ups include Kanepi against Ostapenko and Krejcikova against Australia’s Alja Tomljanovic.

Maria Sakkari is the No 1 seed in Parma

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Parma | WTA 250 Parma Ladies Open

The second edition of the Parma Ladies Open presented by Iren SpA, sees WTA action shift back onto clay, at least in the short term, and the field this week features Maria Sakkari, the World No 7 from Greece, as a top seed, with local favourite Martina Trevisan seeded 2, Irina-Camelia Begu from Romania at No 3, and American Sloane Stephens, as the 4th seed.

The most important women’s tournament in the Emilia-Romagna Region, Parma is the 3rd event in Italy after the Internazionali BNL in Rome and the Palermo Ladies Open.



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