The first day of play at the Bad Homburg Open on Sunday saw the upset of third seed Sorana Cirstea. Home player Andrea Petkovic ousted the Romanian in the first round 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 22 minutes.
Petkovic made good of four of the six break points she had and rallied from down a break in the second set to pip the in-form Cirstea. In her post-match presser, Petkovic shared, “I was happy with my performance, I have to say. I served really well, I got broken only once – which is a surprise for me sometimes! I think I returned well when I needed to. It’s the same game, the same story on grass: who can play the first aggressive shot is always in the advantage, and I think I was able to do that a tad more often today.”
In the second round, Petkovic will take on Amanda Anisimova. The American defeated Danka Kovinic 6-2, 6-1 in their opening-round match.
Bad Homburg Open: Germans have a mixed day
Katarina Siniakova also advanced to the second round. The Czech defeated Russia’s Varvara Gracheva 6-3, 6-2 in the opener. In the second round, Siniakova will play either Amandine Hesse or third seed Jessica Pegula.
Misaki Doi won her first-round match against Kazakhstan’s Anna Danilina. The Japanese came through 6-2, 6-2 in 58 minutes. In the second round, Doi could face either seventh seed Sara Sorribes Tormo or Martina Trevisan.
Tamara Korpatsch was the other German to make a successful start in Bad Homburg on Sunday. Korpatsch won against Sweden Rebecca Peterson 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(5). In the second round, Korpatsch could either face fellow German and eighth seed Laura Siegemund or Sloane Stephens.
Lastly, Nadia Podoroska was the only seed to make it through to the second round of the Bad Homburg Open on Sunday. The fifth seed from Argentina beat German wildcard Mara Guth 6-0, 6-3 in their opener. In the next round, Podoroska will play Patricia Maria Tig. The Romanian defeated another German wildcard, Mona Barthel 7-6(4), 6-3) in their opening-round match-up.