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Anastasia Potapova Records First Top 10 Win To Stun Kerber At Roland Garros

Anastasia Potapova recorded her first top 10 win of her career with a straight sets win over Angelique Kerber.

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Anastasia Potapova has won her first ever match against a top 10 player after stunning Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-2 to reach the second round at Roland Garros.

 

The Russian was too good for the fifth seed as she didn’t look like she had recovered from her foot injury in time. As a result Kerber’s quest for the career grand slam has ended.

This now means the German has lost in the first round at Roland Garros for three of the past four years as she will have to wait to win the one slam that has eluded her.

As for Potapova it is the biggest win of her career and will play Yafan Wang or Marketa Vondrousova in the second round.

It was a slow start from the Wimbledon champion as she conceded the early break to Potapova after some big hitting from the Russian.

The German was trying to feel her groove after playing her first tournament since the foot injury she suffered in Madrid a few weeks ago.

Early rustiness was soon settled as she forced some errors with some good forehands to recover the early break in the opening set.

Despite the setback the 18 year-old continued to hit with aggression and precision as she tested Kerber’s rusty movement.

Another share of breaks happened in the sixth and seventh games as both had moments of great shot-making but also costly errors.

The set was going to boil down to who would crack first and eventually it would be the fifth seed as she blew a 40-0 lead.

Some power hitting saw Potapova capitalise on a poor service game from Kerber as she won five points in a row to break for the set to take a 6-4 lead.

There was no stopping the talented and confident Russian as she dominated a lacklustre and unmotivated Kerber as she broke twice with ease.

A 4-0 lead seemed to install some aggressive play in the German who wanted to at least narrow the scoreboard as some powerful forehands saw her get one of the breaks back.

However this was only preventing the inevitable as Potapova scored the biggest win of her career to reach the second round for Roland Garros.

A fantastic win which showed how confident she is as a player taking the match to the Wimbledon champion without any nerves or fear.

As for Kerber her quest for a career grand slam ends as she looks to rest her ankle for her Wimbledon title defence as she simply didn’t look happy.

The Russian will now play Yafan Wang or Marketa Vondrousova in the second round. In other results so far, there were wins for 31st seed Petra Martic and Johanna Larsson.

As for Martic, she dispatched Ons Jabeur 6-2 6-1 in convincing fashion as she could pose a dangerous threat to Karolina Pliskova’s Roland Garros hopes.

While Johanna Larsson was a 6-3 6-4 winner over Magdalena Rybarikova and could face Garbine Muguruza in round two.

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Rebecca Peterson clinches her maiden WTA title

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Twenty-four year-old Swedish player Rebecca Peterson lifted the first title of her career at the Jangxi Open in Nanchang after beating Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina 6-2 6-0.

 

The world number 78 Petterson, who had reached only a quarter final so far this season, has become the 14th first-time winner on the WTA Tour so far in 2019.

Peterson reeled off nine consecutive games from 3-2 in the first set to clinch the win, breaking serve four times.

Peterson dropped only nine points in her service games and did not face any break points. The Swede earned her first break in the first game after a double fault from Rybakina. Peterson consolidated the break by holding serve at love and opened up a 4-2 lead, when Rybakina sent a forehand long.

Peterson broke serve in the seventh game to race out to a 5-2 lead, as Rybakina made a backhand error. Peterson sealed the first set with a forehand crosscourt winner in the eighth game.

Peterson earned an early break, after Rybakina sent a forehand long, and went up a 3-0 lead. Rybakina did not win a single game point and sent Petersen to deuce in the fifth game of the second set, but she dropped serve. Petersen wrapped up the match with a bagel thanks to a service winner on her first championship point.

Rybakina, who scored two three-set wins against Viktoria Golubic in the quarter final and Peng Shuai in the semifinal, hit 3 winners to 11 unforced errors. She had won her maiden title in Bucharest last July.

 

 

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Karolina Pliskova lifts her fourth title of the season in Zhengzhou

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Number 1 seed Karolina Pliskova cruised past number 7 seed Petra Martic 6-3 6-2 after 1 hour and 36 minutes in the final of the Zhengzhou Open, an inaugural WTA Premier tournament. The final was postponed by six hours after torrential rain.

 

Pliskova came back from 0-2 in the first set by winning 12 of the next 15 games to win her fourth title this season after Brisbane, Rome and Eastbourne. The Czech player is the fifth top seed to win a tournament this season after Aryna Sabalenka in Shenzhen, Alison Van Uytvanck in Budapest, Caroline Garcia in Nottingham and Anastasjia Sevastova in Jurmala.

Pliskova took a re-match against Martic, who beat the Czech player in four of their previous five head-to-head matches and won their third round clash at Roland Garros.

Pliskova saved two of her three break points and converted four of her eight break points.

Martic earned an early break with a forehand return winner to open up a 2-0 lead in the first set. As the match resumed after a rain delay Martic did not convert a double break point. Pliskova broke back in the fourth game with a forehand winner to draw level to 2-2.

Pliskova saved a break point chance in the seventh game with a forehand down the line. The Czech player broke serve in the eighth game, when Martic made a forehand error and sealed the first set 6-3 with a service winner.

Pliskova dropped only six points on her first serve in the second set and broke serve in the third game when Martic sent a backhand slice wide. The former world number 1 player held her serve with an ace before breaking for the second time in the fifth game. She hit four winners to seal the win, as she was serving for the match at 5-2.

“I think I played good matches. Of course, not all the matches were perfect, the week never can be really perfect because it’s so many days and so many things can be just different every day. I beat tough players, which I maybe lost to a couple of times before. I think that was the biggest plus of this week, especially with Petra. These wins are always important. It doesn’t matter where you play, which tournament you play, but it’s always important. To get the trophy is always special. It does not matter really which tournament or how big the tournament is, it’s always good”, said Pliskova.  

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Nao Hibino beats Misaki Doi in all-Japanese final in Hiroshima

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World Number 146 Nao Hibino beat Misaki Doi 6-3 6-2 in the all-Japanese final of Haa-Cupid Japan Open in Hiroshima.

 

Doi broke serve at 15 in the second game with a deep return, but she dropped her serve at love in the third game. Dou earned another break with a forehand to open up a 3-1 lead. Hibino pulled the break back in the fifth game, when Doi sent her backhand long.

Hibino reeled off nine consecutive games from 1-3 down to build up a 6-3 4-0 lead with two consecutive breaks in the seventh and ninth games of the first set and two more breaks in the first and third games of the second set. Doi dropped her serve in six consecutive service games and hit 8 winners to 14 unforced errors. Doi pulled back one break in the fifth game. Hibino broke for the third time at deuce to win the second set 6-2.

Hibino claimed both the singles and the doubles titles at the same tournament for the first time in her career. She teamed up with Doi to clinch the doubles title with a 6-3 4-6 10-4 win over Christina McHale and Valeria Savinykh.

“I was so nervous today, so much more than the semifinals, but because I experienced being nervous in the semifinals, I knew what to expect. I was able to stay positive during the match today”, said Hibino.

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