Sabalenka advances in Lexington as WTA Tour returns to US

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Aryna Sabalenka fended off Madison Brengle 6-1 6-7(5) 6-2 on Monday to advance to the second round of the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky, the primary WTA Tour occasion within the United States because the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the circuit in March. World no. 11 Sabalenka, who defeated two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in Doha in February, fired off eight aces and saved 11 of 15 break factors within the win over the American.

Rounding out the day’s motion on the outside, hardcourt event, Czech Republic’s Marie Bouzkova upset world no. 15 Johanna Konta 6-Four 6-4.

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Serena Williams is predicted to return to competition for the primary time because the novel coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday with a first-round conflict in opposition to fellow American Bernarda Pera.

Her sister Venus, a seven-times Grand Slam winner, will face off in opposition to two-time Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka.

American teenagers Amanda Anisimova and Coco Gauff are additionally taking part in on Tuesday. Gauff, who rocketed to fame after defeating Venus Williams eventually yr’s Wimbledon, performs Caroline Dolehide whereas Anisimova faces compatriot Catherine Bellis.

The Cincinnati Masters is scheduled to be performed at Flushing Meadows, New York from subsequent week, adopted by the U.S. Open, additionally at its ordinary Flushing Meadows residence, from Aug. 31-Sept. 13.

[Attribution HT.]

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