Ostrava Open: Angelique Kerber ousted in 1R; Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova wins

All but one of the seeded players made it through to the second round on the opening two days of the Ostrava Open. On Tuesday, three seeded players played their first-round matches while on Monday, ninth seed Paula Badosa was the only seed to start off the tournament.

The Spaniard defeated Russian lucky loser Varvara Gracheva 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 13 minutes. In the second round, Badosa will play Anett Kontaveit. The Estonian won against Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 29 minutes on Monday.

Badosa’s compatriot, Sara Sorribes Tormo also reached the second round on Monday. Sorribes Tormo defeated Russian qualifier Anastasia Zakharova 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 37 minutes. For a place in the quarter-finals, Sorribes Tormo will take on third seed Belinda Bencic. The Swiss received a first-round bye in the Czech city.

Russia’s Anastasia Potapova, who also qualified for the main draw, took down French wildcard, Caroline Garcia on Monday. Potapova won 6-2, 7-6(6) in an hour and 46 minutes. In the second round, Potapova will play second seed Petra Kvitova.

Garcia’s fellow countrywoman, Oceane Dodin also crashed out in the first round. In a battle of two qualifiers, Pole Magda Linette defeated Dodin 6-2, 7-6(3) in an hour and 29 minutes.

Linette will play seventh seed Elena Rybakina. The Kazakh defeated Veronika Kudermetova 6-1, 6-3 in an hour and 17 minutes in their first-round clash on Tuesday.

Ostrava Open: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova joins other Russians in 2R

Fifth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also reached the second round. The 2021 French Open finalist needed an hour and 33 minutes to complete a win over Croatian qualifier Ana Konjuh 7-6(3), 6-1. For a place in the quarter-finals, Pavlyuchenkova will take on Tereza Martincova.

In what was a thrilling Czech and wildcard derby, Martincova downed Katarina Siniakova coming from a set, and two breaks and a match point down in the deciding set. Siniakova led her compatriot 5-0 in the third set and even had a match point before Martincova turned the match around to her side. After three hours and six minutes of play, Martincova completed a 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(7) win.

Yulia Putintseva also survived a similar roller-coaster against Shuai Zhang in her opener. The Kazakh prevailed over the Chinese 5-7, 6-7(7), 6-4 in three hours and 24 minutes. Next up for Putintseva is top seed Iga Swiatek.

The lone upset at the Ostrava Open so far came at the hands of Jil Teichmann. The Swiss defeated sixth seed Angelique Kerber 6-2, 6-3 in an hour and 12 minutes. Teichmann awaits either Alison Riske or French qualifier Fiona Ferro next.

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