March 4, 2021

Juvan upsets Vondrouova in 1st spherical of Palermo Open – tennis

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

Vondroušová received the primary set in simply 29 minutes after which got here from 4-Zero down within the second to take a 5-Four lead and was simply two factors away from successful 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 profession win in opposition to a top-20 ranked opponent.

“She began off rather well and I used to be a bit of bit nervous, she’s my first top-20 participant,” Juvan mentioned in a video convention.

“The situations have been actually laborious however within the second and third set I calmed myself and I began taking part in significantly better.” The WTA event marks the return of tour-level tennis — males’s or girls’s — following a five-month break for the coronavirus pandemic.

A restricted variety of followers have been allowed into the 1,500-seat stadium court docket and needed to observe social distancing measures.

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

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

“Clearly we get examined quite a bit so I perceive their concern but it surely was really like an intuition,” Juvan mentioned. “All of us which are listed below are detrimental and so I used to be like ‘properly I acquired the outcome once more right this moment’ so I believed I would as properly give it to them. Yeah, possibly I received’t do it the following few days.” Juvan will subsequent face Camila Giorgi, who grew to become the fourth Italian to progress to the second spherical after beating Rebecca Peterson 7-5, 6-4.

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

Prime-seeded Petra Martić eased into the second spherical 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 protracted break and I don’t suppose anybody is aware of what to anticipate when the actual match comes,” Martić mentioned. “I actually simply tried to focus alone recreation and tried to get pleasure from the truth that we’re again on court docket once more and I feel I managed each.” Fourth-seeded Anett Kontaveit can be by way of after recovering from 3-Zero down within the second set to defeat Patricia Maria Țig 6-3, 6-3.

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

Fortunate loser Océane Dodin rallied from a set right 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