WTA Roundup | Muguruza toppled in Rabat, but no upsets in Strasbourg

WTA 250 – Grand Prix Sar La Princesse Meryem, Rabat, Morocco

Top seed Garbiñe Muguruza let a firm grip go against Italy’s Martina Trevisan and the Spaniard paid the price of early loss at the Grand Prix Sar La Princesse Meryem in Rabat, Morocco, on Wednesday.

Trevisan was outpaced in the first set and lagged behind in the second until she clawed her way into a tight lead and then romped away with the third, converting 6 of 9 break points en route to a 2-6 6-4 6-1 2nd-round upset.

She lost 9 of the first 12 games before beginning her turn-around, which saw her win 11 of the final 13 games, including the first 5 games of the third set as part of the run.

Muguruza won 62% of her second-serve points to Trevisan’s 28% in the opening set, and saved 3 of the 4 break points she faced while converting 3 break points on her opponent’s serve but, across the latter 2 sets, Trevisan upped her level and the Spaniard was unable to hold her own.

In the deciding set, the World No 85 did not face a break point, while Muguruza failed to save both break points she faced.

In the quarter-finals, Trevisan will play 7th seed Arantxa Rus, after the Dutchwoman defeated Hungarian Dalma Galfi, 6-4 6-2, in her 2nd-round match.

Claire Liu saved a match point to defeat Mayar Sherif to reach the quarter-finals of the Morocco Open


American Claire Liu stared down defeat and pulled off an upset of 4th-seeded Mayar Sherif of Egypt, 4-6 7-6(5) 6-1, in 2 hours 45 minutes, and will play Australia’s Astra Sharma next.

The Egyptian served for the match at 6-5 in the second set but was pushed into a tiebreak ahead of being outrun in the decider.

Anna Bondar filled the last quarter-final berth at the Rabat Open after the 5th seed from Hungary clinched a 6-3 6-3 win over Kristina Kucova from Slovakia in in an hour and 24 minutes, and she will play another Aussie, 2nd-seeded Ajla Tomljanovic, for a chance to reach the semi-finals.

Nuria Parrizas Diaz, the No 3 from Spain, notched up a 4-6 6-3 6-0 win over Kristina Mladenovic, dropping her serve 4 times while making good on 8 of the 11 break-point chances that came her way on the Frenchwoman’s serve.

Looking to reach the semi-finals, Parrizas Diaz will play Italy’s Lucia Bronzetti, who had upset 8th seed Anna Kalinskaya in the 1st round, and beat Clara Burel of France, 6-3 6-2.

Top seed Karolina Pliskova fired 7 aces in the first game alone to get past Bernarda Pera at the Internationaux de Strasbourg on Wednesday


WTA 250 – Internationaux de Strasbourg

Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic delivered 16 aces and saved 12 of 15 break points to get past American Bernarda Pera, 6-3 1-6 6-1, in the 2nd-round of the Internationaux de Strasbourg in France.

The tall Czech has quashed doubts regarding her fitness with a decent run to the quarter-finals and will be looking to make it 3 wins in a row for the first time since last year’s US Open against Belgian Maryna Zanevska who came into the tournament with fresh concerns regarding her back injury which resurfaced at last week’s WTA 125K event in Saint-Malo.

It meant that the World No 65 has been forced to either retire or withdraw from a match for the 3rd time this season.

Pliskova has used her serve as a cornerstone to everything good she has done this week, hammering 18 aces in 2 matches and saving a whopping 15 break points.

She set the tone with 7 aces in the first game on Wednesday, and continued the barrage throughout the match, while Pera recorded 7 aces in the match.

Second-seeded Angelique Kerber from German battled past Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, 6-2 3-6 6-4, and will take on Magda Linette, who is taking some stopping this week, having breezed past Heather Watson, 6-1 6-1, in just 69 minutes, to back up her routine first-round win over Varvara Gracheva.

The Pole, though, now faces her toughest test yet when she meets the left-handed 3-time Grand Slam winner as the 34-year-old Kerber’s win over Sasnovich in the quarter-finals has warmed her up nicely to combat Linette’s aggressive ball striking.

Elise Mertens squeezed past Anna-Lena Friedsam to make her 2nd quarter-final of the year in Strasbourg


4th-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium also advanced with a 7-5 7-5 win over another German, Anna-Lena Friedsam.

Elsewhere, No 9 seed Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland cruised to a 6-4 6-2 victory over France’s Fiona Ferro. Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan scored a 6-2 6-3 win over Bosnian Nefisa Berberovic and France’s Oceane Dodin rolled to a 6-2 6-1 win over Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.

Juvan, who has won 21 matches across all levels this season, faces Mertens next and the Belgian will need to clean up her act, which has looked rusty in the early couple of rounds, after being sidelined for nearly a month due to injury.

25-year-old Dodin, who took out Croatia’s Ana Konjuh in round 1, meets Golubic in the quarters and while the 9th seed has the variety to disrupt the Frenchwoman’s rhythm, home hopes would love to see her advance into the semi-finals on Thursday.



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