Palermo (Italy), August 4
The stadium announcer on Monday night wished a heat and welcome return to tennis lovers because the WTA match in Italy began 5 months after the final one, with bottles of hand sanitiser hooked up to the nets.
The occasion comes simply weeks earlier than the US Open and Roland Garros double-header however misplaced authentic prime seed Simona Halep to well being issues whereas a participant withdrew from qualifying after testing constructive for coronavirus.
There had been some 350 followers allowed right into a venue that holds 1,500. The line judges and umpire had been masked and the gamers needed to stand behind a social distancing line to strategy them. The stands are cleared and disinfected after every match.
When Croatia’s Donna Vekic and the Netherlands’ Arantxa Rus took to the claycourt, they weren’t carrying face masks. The sixth seed claimed the primary WTA fundamental draw victory of the day, profitable 6-1 6-2.
Kristyna Pliskova clinched the largest upset of the opening day as she knocked out third seed Maria Sakkari 6-Four 6-4, to succeed in the second spherical of the claycourt occasion.
The first day had the grind of tennis again in addition to Sara Errani and Sorana Cirstea battled for nearly three hours earlier than the Italian received 7-5 1-6 6-4. — Agencies