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Timea Bacsinszky and Ana Ivanovic Continue their Poor Start To The Year In Sydney

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Ana Ivanovic in action during the first round of the 2016 Apia International in Sydney. (image via zimbioo.com).

The opening day at the Apia International in Sydney saw its first major casualty when sixth seed Timea Bacsinszky lost 1-6, 6-1, 6-3, to world No.26 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

 

Bacsinszky, who reached the semifinals at last year’s French Open, appeared to be in good shape after tasking the opening set in just 31 minutes. Despite the encouraging first set, things started to fall apart for the Swiss world No.12 after dropping the second set with the same scoreline. The biggest issue for the sixth seed was her serve. After winning 80% of her service points in the first set, Bacsinszky buckled under the pressure from her opponent as she won only 33% during the second. As the final set approached the Swiss took the lead in the match twice when she broke Schmiedlova two consecutive times. The lead was short-lived as the Czech broke back immediately both times before grabbing a decisive third break to seal the match.

The loss in Sydney means that Bacsinszky will go into next week’s Australian Open without a win on the WTA Tour this year. Last week she lost in the first round of the Brisbane International to Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Another player yet to win a match this year is Ana Ivanovic. The Serbian received a wildcard into the tournament following her shock loss to Naomi Broady in the first round of last week’s Auckland Open. After narrowly missing out on being seeded, Ivanovic faced fifth seed Karoline Pliskova. The Serbian was unable to produce a shock win after being broken twice during the early start of both sets as Pliskova eased her way to take the match 6-4, 6-2.

Pliskova spoke of her delight following the win as she moves closer to a potential quarter-final clash with Simona Halep.

“I know she got the wildcard and obviously she’s a great player. She can beat anyone”. Pliskova said about Ivanovic.
“I was really expecting a tough match. I’m just happy it went a little bit more my way and I think it was a solid win for me today.”

Simona Halep’s first match of the year will be against Caroline Garcia in the second round. Last week Halep withdrew from Brisbane due to a leg injury. Garcia booked a second round showdown with the top seed after defeating compatriot Kristina Mladenovic 7-6(4), 6-4. It is the second consecutive week that Garcia has beaten Mladenovic after also winning their first encounter in Brisbane last week.

Tsvetana Pironkova spent exactly two hours on the court during her 7-6(6), 6-2, win over Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko. The Bulgarian currently has a strong record at the tournament after winning the title in 2014 and reaching the semi-finals last year (both as a qualifier).

In other matches on the first day of the tournament, former world No.2 Svetlana Kutznetsova required just over an hour to defeat Australian wildcard Tammi Patterson (6-2, 6-0) and Jelena Janovic dropped served only once during her 6-3, 6-4, win over Coco Vandeweghe.

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Andrey Rublev moves past Ilya Ivashka to reach the quarter finals in St. Petersburg

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Andrey Rublev overcame Ilya Ivashka 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 39 minutes to advance to the quarter finals for the third time in his career in St. Petersburg Open. 

 

Rublev fended off all seven break points and earned two breaks in the seventh game of the first set and in the third game of the second set. The Moscow native player fired 10 aces and won 84 % of his first service points. 

The eight-time titlist is aiming to win his third career title on home soil after his previous titles in Moscow 2019 and St. Petersburg 2020. 

Rublev set up a quarter final clash against either Sebastian Korda or Botic Van de Zandschulp.Karen Khachanov knocked out Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-3 after 1 hour and 25 minutes. Khachanov will take on 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, who eased past Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-2 6-3 after 1 hour and 23 minutes. Cilic leads 1-0 against Khachanov in their only previous head-to-head match in Cincinnati in 2018.

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Matteo Berrettini rallies from one set down to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in Vienna

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This year’s Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini came back from one set down to beat Nikoloz Basilashvlili 6-7 (5-7 ) 6-3 6-2 after 2 hours and 5 minutes reaching the quarter final at the Erste Bank in Vienna. 

 

Berrettini saved all three break points he faced and hit 22 aces, including two on the last two points of the match. 

Number 3 seed Berrettini had won three of his previous head-to-head matches against Indian Wells finalist Basilashvili, but they met for the first time on in indoor court. Berrettini had beaten Basilashvili in Winston Salem 2018, Halle 2019 and Rome 2021. 

Both players went on serve in the first set. Berrettini saved the only break point in the second game. Basilashvili earned a mini-break to take a 3-1 lead. Berrettini pulled back on serve to draw level to 3-3. Basilashvili earned another mini-break on the 10th point to earn two set points at 6-4 and converted his second chance to win the tie-break 7-5. 

Berrettini saved a break point to hold serve at deuce in the first game of the second set. The Italian player earned a break in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead and held his next service games before closing out the second set with a double break in the ninth game. 

Berrettini went up a 3-0 lead with a break in the second game of the decider. The Queen’s tournament champion faced a break point in the seventh game after a double fault, but he saved it with an ace. He served out the third set 6-3 with his 22nd ace. Berrettini set up a quarter final match against Spanish Next Gen player Carlos Alcaraz, who beat Andy Murray 6-3 6-4.

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Denis Shapovalov Battles Back To Reach The Quarterfinals In St Petersburg

The Canadian got off to a slow start in his first match but was able to recover nicely for a big three-set win.

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Denis Shapovalov (CAN) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Second seed Denis Shapovalov needed to go the distance at the St Petersburg Open to beat his Spanish opponent Pablo Andujar 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in one hour and 49 minutes.

 

The Toronto native didn’t have the best start to the match but was able to recover and pull off a comeback to take the win. Serving a total of 11 aces to reach the quarterfinals.

” It’s very tough to play Pablo (Andujar) first round of a tournament, he’s a great player and it was a tough start to the match,” said Shapovalov. “I didn’t feel so great but I just told myself to keep going because obviously there is still a lot of tennis to be played and I wanted to turn it around in the second set and I did a really good job.”

It was the Spaniard who got off to a better start, earning a breakpoint in the first game of the match before grabbing the early break and he was able to consolidate it. At 2-0, Andujar had two chances to go up a double break but the Canadian saved both and it stayed on serve until 4-2 when the world number 92 was able to earn another breakpoint. This time converted for the double break lead and served out the first set.

The second set stayed on serve until 2-1 when Shapovalov broke to love and that one break of serve was enough for him to serve it out and send the match into a decider.

The Canadian continued pushing as his level improved. In the first game of the final set, he broke the Spaniard with a perfectly timed cross-court winner to take an early 1-0 lead. After consolidating the break he was hungry for more and broke Andujar’s serve once again to go up a double break. Shapovalov closed the match out with a bagel set.

During his on-court interview, Shapovalov was asked how happy he was back to be in St Peterburg and he mentioned the amazing memories he had playing in the event last year.

” It always feels great to be back and I remember last year playing Andrey (Rublev) in the semifinals. I was one set up and I lost this match but I am happy to be here due to the fact I always get great support from the fans here”. He said.

Shapovalov will face Jan-Lennard Struff in the quarterfinals after the German upset seventh seed Alexander Bublik in straight sets (6-4, 6-3).

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