Petkovic annoys Muguruza. Scary rolls in Berlin

Andrea Petkovic confirmed her German presence in the second round of the tournament after defeating number 5 seed Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (8), 6-4 on Tuesday in Berlin.

The former top ten player Petkovic took 2 hours and 6 minutes to achieve two tough sets against former world number one Muguruza. Petkovic is now 4-1 against Muguruza.

“I really think that in these really close matches, just a little shift and a little bit of energy can make all the difference,” Petkovic said after her home win. “If you have the audience on your side, and they are willing to win in some way, I think that can really make a difference.”

59th seed Petkovic had been 0-9 against the top 20 players on grass before her last win over Muguruza. It is also Petkovic’s first top-10 win since she defeated Petra Kvitova, seeded No. 6 at the time, at the 2019 US Open.

On Tuesday, Muguruza returned from an early break to reach the first set tiebreak, holding two set points at 6-4. But a double fault and two misses gave Petkovic his first of three set points, and the German eventually clinched the set with a falling shot.

Highlights: Petkovic’s victory. Muguruza

Petkovic broke Muguruza with a first-half win of the second set, and the German saved four break points while strengthening 2-0. Muguruza erased four match points with a 5-3 score with solid play, but Petkovic served the match with love in the next game.

Next time Petkovic will meet Alexandra Sasnovic for a place in the quarter-finals. Petkovic won their first meeting easily in 2017, but Sasnovic won the next two in straight sets, including in the Rome qualifiers last month.

“Mine, [Sasnovich is] Petkovic said: “A very uncomfortable opponent, I’ve lost to them the last few times. I hope to find a better solution this time and change a few things, just talk through it with my team and be ready.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Greek No. 2 seed Maria Skari quickly moved into the second round with a 6-3 6-2 victory over French qualifying Julia Gangin.

In their only previous encounter, Gangin triumphed when they faced off at an ITF Challenger event in 2013, while both were ranked outside the top 500. But Scary, who is now in the top 10, retaliated nine years later with an overall 83-minute period. win over.

Gangin experienced a stunning event just weeks ago when she stunned top ten player Karolina Pliskova en route to the third round of Roland Garros, her home of the Grand Slam, as a substitute. This result propelled Jinjin to a new high-ranking world rank of 149th.

But Scary didn’t let Jangen add another surprise to her resume on the grass in Berlin. Scary won an astonishing 92% of her first serve points and had no downtime all day.

Scary will meet Australian Daria Savile in the second round. Scary and Savile split off the former Top 20 in their previous meeting, with Scary winning their last game by retiring at Indian Wells earlier this year.

BERLIN: 2nd seed Scary beats Gangin in the opening round

2022 Berlin

Belinda Bencic, last year’s Olympic gold medalist, had to work even harder to book her place in the second round. Switzerland, seeded No. 8, beat German substitute Julie Niemeyer 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in the rematch for the first time. Saddam’s tour from last year.

Highlights: Bencic defeated. Niemeyer

Bencic, who finished second to Lyudmila Samsonova in Berlin last season, converted five of his nine break points on the same day, as she withstood a barrage of 15 aces from Amal Niemeyer, who made her debut in her first 100 matches. Last month.

The Swiss eventually triumphed in two hours and 22 minutes, preventing Niemeyer from claiming her first Top-20 win. Bencic will now face another wildcard, Anna Kalinskaya, in the second round. Bencic beat Kalinskaya in the same round at S-Hertogenbosch last week.

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