Prague | Selekhmeteva upsets Cirstea as Kontaveit and Krejcikova cruise

While defending champion Barbora Krejcikova and top seed Anett Kontaveit cruised into the 2nd-round of the Livesport Prague Open on Tuesday, 4th-seeded Sorana Cirstea was upset by 19-year old qualifier Oksana Selekhmeteva.

In the biggest upset of the week so far, the young Russian scored both her first WTA main-draw win, at her 3d attempt, and her first Top 50 victory, beating the Romanian, 7-5 6-4, in in an hour and 38 minutes.

Selekhmetova’s opponent in the next round will be Chloe Paquet from France.

Kontaveit, the World No 2 from Estonia, who was a finalist in Hamburg last week, stormed past Ekaterine Gorgodze, 6-0 6-1, in just 48 minutes to advance to a meeting with Lucie Havlickova, a 6-2 7-6(5) over Barbora Palicova after an all-Czech encounter at the outdoor WTA 250 hard-court tournament at the Sparta Prague Tennis Club.

The Estonian won 77% of her first-serve points to her opponent’s 45%, and 86% points on return on the latter’s second serve, while Kontaveit faced no break points and converted 6 of the 10 break points she had on Gorgodze’s serve..

Krejcikova, who was quarter-finalist at the US Open last year after winning the French Open in 2020, reached the 2nd-round by beating Russian Anna Blinkova, 6-3 6-1.

Now ranked 18, Krejcikova took an hour and 17 minutes, losing her serve twice across the match while converting all 6 break points she created on Blinkova’s serve, to set up a 2nd-round contest with Japan’s Nao Hibino next.

5th-seeded Alizé Cornet, who eliminated top-ranked Iga Swiatek in Wimbledon’s 3rd-round, defeated Anastasia Zakharova of Russia, 6-2 6-3, while another Russian, 7th-seeded Anastasia Potapova, advanced with a 6-1 6-2 victory over China’s Wang Xinyu.

Two more Czechs, 18-year-old qualifier Dominika Salkova and 17-year old Linda Noskova ensured more home players’ presence in round 2 of the draw.

Salkova ousted Swiss Ylena In-Albon, 6-1 6-4 in their first-round clash and Noskova, who received a main draw wild-card, advanced after her opponent, Russian lucky loser Natalia Vikhlyantseva retired midway through their match, with the Czech leading 6-2, 3-1 at the time.

While Noskova has set up a meeting with Cornet, Salkova plays compatriot, 8th-seeded Marie Bouzkova next.

Lastly, Bulgaria’s Viktoriya Tomova won 6-4 6-2 against Daria Snigur from Ukraine, and will play Poland’s Magda Linette next.



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