Prague: World No. 2 Simona Halep made a rusty begin on her return from the Covid-19 shutdown as she edged a seesaw battle towards Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-1 1-6 7-6(3) within the opening spherical of Prague Open immediately. Second seed Petra Martic, who suffered a semifinal defeat in Palermo final week, rebounded with a 7-6(2) 6-Three win over Varvara Gracheva. Wildcard Eugenie Bouchard sailed previous eighth seed Veronika Kudermetova 6-Zero 6-3.
Sabalenka wins as WTA Tour returns to US
Aryna Sabalenka fended off Madison Brengle 6-1 6-7(5) 6-2 to advance to the second spherical of the Top Seed Open, the primary WTA Tour occasion within the United States because the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the circuit in March. Marie Bouzkova upset world No. 15 Johanna Konta 6-Four 6-4. The third-seeded Briton wanted medical consideration simply minutes into the competition earlier than she felt properly sufficient to proceed. Konta later mentioned she suffered coronary heart palpitations.
Indian-American Gupta shoots 64, shares lead
Aman Gupta, a 21-year-old American of Indian origin, made probably the most of a last-minute entry into the US Amateur Championship by taking pictures a bogey-free 64, taking a share of the primary spherical lead. Four days earlier than the occasion, Gupta didn’t have a confirmed place within the subject. Gupta received in after the world No. 2 beginner, Ricky Castillo, withdrew. On Monday, Gupta fired a 7-under 64 to share the lead with McClure Messner. Agencies