WTA250 Istanbul Cup gets under way

The TEB BNP Paribas Tennis Championship, also known as the İstanbul Cup, got under way on Monday in Turkey on the outdoor clay courts of the TTF Istanbul Tennis Center, where former junior World No 1 Ana Konjuh advanced to the second round by defeating the experienced Sara Errani from Italy, 7-5 6-2.

In January, Konjuh lost to Errani in the final round of Australian Open qualifying but, fresh off a run to the Miami 4th round, the Croatian, who received a wild card to play the WTA250 event, was able to avenge that defeat.

Czech Katerina Siniakova defeated Spain’s Cristina Bucsa, 7-6 3-6 6-3, while China’s Qiang Wang also took 3 sets to outrun Russian Anastasia Gasanova, 4-6 6-1 6-2 to make the last 16.

Swiss Viktorija Golubic had a tougher time, winning over qualifier Nuria Parrizas Diaz from Spain, 6-4 2-6 6-3.

Heavy rain on Monday affected an all-Russian contest between Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the 6 seed and Anastasia Potapova in a match that went to tiebreak in both sets and saw the 20-year old cause the tournament’s first upset.

A former junior No 1 and the 2016 Wimbledon Championships girls’ singles champion, Potapova won through, 7-6(2) 7-6(8) in what was a very tight affair that was not resolved until the following day, Tuesday.

Potapova next takes on Sorana Cristea from Romania, who beat Russia’s Kateryna Kozlova, 6-4 7-6(6).

Elise Mertens, the top seed at the TEB BNP Paribas Tennis Championship in Istanbul this week, advanced on Tuesday over Lara Arruabarrena

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Tuesday’s play saw World No 17 and top seed Elise Mertens from Belgium lose just 2 games in defeating Spanish qualifier Lara Arruabarrena, 6-2 6-0, but it took her an hour 29 minutes to do so, and she now will meet Golubic in round two.

Second seed Petra Martic from Croatia, however, was upset by France’s Fiona Ferro, 7-5 6-2, who will meet Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva next, a 6-3 6-3 winner over Slovakia’s Polona Hercog.

Veronika Kudermetova, the No 3 seed from Russia, survived a lengthy scrap with American Bernada Pera, 6-4 3-6 7-6(4). in a match that lasted 3 hours and went down to the wire.

Meanwhile, 5th-seeded Barbora Krejcikova came from a tight set down to blast past Turkish wild card Cagla Buyukakcay, 6-7(8) 6-2 6-0.



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