Juvan upsets Vondrouova in 1st round of Palermo Open

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Slovenian qualifier Kaja Juvan upset second-seeded Markéta Vondroušová of the Czech Republic 1-6, 7-5, 6-Four within the first round of the Palermo Ladies Open, the primary official tennis match since March.

Vondroušová received the primary set in simply 29 minutes after which arrive from 4-Zero down within the second to take a 5-Four lead and was simply two factors away from profitable the match earlier than Juvan recovered. Juvan took one other 4-Zero lead within the third set and secured the match when Vondroušová hit a forehand into the web. It was her first career win in opposition to a top-20 ranked opponent.

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“She started off really well and I was a little bit nervous, she’s my first top-20 player,” Juvan stated in a video convention.

“The conditions were really hard but in the second and third set I calmed myself and I started playing much better.” The WTA match marks the return of tour-level tennis — males’s or girls’s — following a five-month break for the coronavirus pandemic.

A restricted count of followers had been allowed into the 1,500-seat stadium court docket and needed to comply with social distancing measures.

There are additionally strict guidelines for the players, similar to dealing with their very own towels, not shaking arms with their opponents, and no autographs or images with followers.

Juvan was spoken to by the umpire after throwing objects together with her visor and wristbands to the group.

“Obviously we get tested a lot so I understand their concern but it was actually like an instinct,” Juvan stated. “All of us that are here are negative and so I was like ‘well I got the result again today’ so I thought I might as well give it to them. Yeah, maybe I won’t do it the next few days.” Juvan will subsequent face Camila Giorgi, who turned the fourth Italian to progress to the second round after beating Rebecca Peterson 7-5, 6-4.

Sara Errani, Elisabetta Cocciaretto and Jasmine Paolini received their first-round matches on Monday.

Top-seeded Petra Martić eased into the second round with a 6-0, 6-Three win over Alison Van Uytvanck. The Croatian will face Russian qualifier Ludmilla Samsonova, who beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 6-2.

“It’s been such a long break and I don’t think anyone knows what to expect when the real match comes,” Martić stated. “I really just tried to focus on my own game and tried to enjoy the fact that we are back on court again and I think I managed both.” Fourth-seeded Anett Kontaveit can also be by way of after recovering from 3-Zero down within the second set to defeat Patricia Maria Țig 6-3, 6-3.

But fifth-seeded Elise Mertens misplaced 6-4, 6-1 to Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who will subsequent play Paolini.

Lucky loser Océane Dodin rallied from a set all the way down to beat Tamara Zidanšek 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, and Fiona Ferro triumphed 6-2, 6-1 over Nadia Podoroska.(AP) APA APA

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