Martic advances in Palermo, Vondrousova ousted by qualifier Juvan

Palermo (Italy), August 5

The high seeds on the Palermo Ladies Open had a day of blended fortunes as Croatia’s Petra Martic superior in straight units, whereas second seed Marketa Vondrousova was ousted by Slovenian qualifier Kaja Juvan within the first spherical.

Martic beat rusty Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 6-Zero 6-Three in her first match again on the tour in 5 months after the novel coronavirus pandemic suspended tennis worldwide, wrapping up the competition in 65 minutes with 4 breaks of serve on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Croatian checked out house on the clay and began the match aggressively, needing solely 23 minutes to take the opening set as Van Uytvanck struggled to seek out solutions to her opponent’s superior courtroom protection.

“I think I felt my nerves a little bit more, because the break was so long,” Martic instructed reporters in a digital information convention. “It’s such a giant uncertainty occurring the courtroom not figuring out how you are going to be.”

“I played well before the break, so I was happy with the rhythm, but obviously five months off disrupts everything. Once the match started, I kind of let go and just played.”

In the opposite half of the draw, Juvan got here from behind to beat the Czech Republic’s Vondrousova 1-6 7-5 6-Four to notch up the largest win of {the teenager}’s profession.

Juvan, who performed three qualifying rounds to get into the principle draw, is ranked greater than 100 locations beneath the 18th-ranked Vondrousova and overcame her nerves within the opening set to mount a memorable comeback.

“It was pretty hard to play, she’s obviously a great player,” Juvan stated. “She began off rather well and I used to be a little bit nervous.

“The conditions were pretty hard but then in the second and third set I calmed myself down and I started to play much better.”

The 19-year-old Juvan took a 4-Zero lead within the second and almost misplaced her benefit when Vondrousova received 5 video games in a row however fought again to clinch the second set earlier than breaking the Czech twice within the third to win in 2-1/2 hours. Reuters

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