Azaranka Advances, Pliskova Upset, Players Withdraw At WTA 1000 Guadalajara

by Staff | September 19th, 2023, 11:27 am
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Day two at the WTA 1000 level event in Guadalajara saw two former Grand Slam winners advance.

Victoria Azarenka rolled past American Robin Montgomery 6-1, 6-1. The 34-year-old Azarenka lost just one point on first serve. Fellow Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin cruised past Canadian qualifier Carol Zhao 6-4, 6-3.

Former No. 1 Karolina Pliskova fell in the match of the day, losing a 5-2 third set lead and match point to young American Hailey Baptiste 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(4).

Pliskova held match point at 5-3 before the 21-year-old came back in 2 hours, 49 minutes.

Seventh-seeded Veronika Kudermetova advanced past 29-year-old Eugenie Bouchard in three 6-2, 6-7(4-7), 6-4.

Belinda Bencic had to withdraw due to a stomach illness while Beatriz Haddad Maia had to pull out after getting cut in the shower.

Colombia’s Emiliana Arango bounced No. 11 seed Anastasia Potapova 6-4, 6-3. The Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk eliminated Stacey Fung of Canada 6-3, 2-6, 6-0. Camila Giorgi of Italy upended the 14th-seeded Mayar Sherif 7-5, 6-3.

Sachia Vickery advanced when Danielle Collins withdrew with a back injury down 7-6(9-7).

Martina Trevisan upset 15th-seeded countrywoman Jasmine Paolini 7-5, 6-2. Caroline Dolehide battled past compatriot Peyton Stearns in a match that went the distance 6-7(1-7), 7-6(7-5), 7-6(7-2). Emma Navarro enjoyed an easy win over Maria Mateas 6-0, 6-4. Magdalena Frech routed Camila Osorio 6-1, 6-2. and Storm Hunter overcame Iryna Shymanovich 6-3, 6-4.

On Tuesday, the higher seeds take the court and that includes No. 1 Ons Jabeur locking up with Alycia Parks for a third time. Jabeur leads 2-0.

No. 2 Maria Sakkari will meet Hunter in a first-time tour-level meeting. No. 3 Caroline Garcia tests Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Garcia leads 5-0.

No. 4 Madison Keys battles Navarro, No. 6 Jelena Ostapenko collides with Kostyuk, No. 8 Ekaterina Alexandrova faces Frech, Azarenka gets Dayana Yastremska, No. 12 Anhelina Kalinina clashes with Kenin, and No. 13 Elise Mertens faces Leylah Fernandez.

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