This is just a quick Roundup post to wrap up Day 1 of a brief clay court swing, featuring tournaments in Bucharest and Gstaad. Note that I will be focusing on Bastad next week where there will be predictions, tournament preview and more!
Wimbledon is officially in the books as the Bucharest Open in Romania kicked off with Cagla Buyukakcay recording just her third WTA win this year, ousting Polona Hercog in a three-set epic having come from a set and break down. During this period last year, Buyukakcay was ranked 67 but after suffering from bad results she has dropped all the way to No.176. She will face a Romanian in the second round, either Ana Bogdan or Sorana Cirstea.
Highlights of the match are linked below.
Carla Suarez Navarro is now at No.27 in the rankings, but that doesn’t mean her level on clay has dropped as she produced a devilish display to inflict a 6-0, 6-1 scoreline on Annika Beck. Beck didn’t hold serve a single time and only won 26% of first serve points throughout the whole match! Her serve has disintegrated this year and she is ranked outside of the Top 100 now.
Other players who claimed wins in Bucharest were Romanian wildcard Jaqueline Cristian, Nadia Podoroska, Ekaterina Alexandrova and Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Sasnovich is one of my favourite up and comers and she has been in decent form so far, her last four losses having come to Top 30 players (excluding Mallorca).
Over to Gstaad, second seed Kiki Bertens snapped a five match losing streak to beat Aleksandra Krunic 6-3, 6-1, handling the conditions better and winning 85% of first serve points.
I watched one game of Anna Kalinskaya taking on last year’s semifinalist Rebeka Masarova. Masarova’s serve was impressive and I was convinced she was going to win, but there was no repeat of last year’s run as she lost, 7-5 6-7(9) 7-5.
Meanwhile, Two seeded Germans had different fortunes on Monday as Carina Witthoeft ousted Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-3, 7-6(5), while Mona Barthel fell to Greece’s Maria Sakkari 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Day 2 of the tournaments will be more exciting with the turn of top seeds Caroline Garcia, Anett Kontaveit and defending champion Viktorija Golubic to take to the court. Golubic is out of the Top 100 after claiming the trophy last year and she’ll need a good performance to get back in!
Bucharest isn’t exactly the same tournament as last year with Simona Halep not coming back to defend her title and also with the many withdrawals. There is still a decent line-up though, with Romanians and top seeds playing tomorrow.
The line-up for the Connecticut Open in New Haven is out, with seven Top 20 players in the few including defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska, three-time champion Petra Kvitova, Dominika Cibulkova, Kristina Mladenovic and more.
Finally, you can vote for the WTA Shot of the Month in June on the WTA website… my vote went to Lucie Safarova. That rally was an epic!
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