Kristina Mladenovic has reached the second round of the WTA tournament in Linz. The Frenchwoman prevailed against Harriet Dart from Great Britain with 6: 3, 6: 4. Thus she finished a series of four defeats in a row.
"In the past, I've always played in Asia, I do not really know why," Mladenovic said after the match. "I enjoyed it very much." The current number 48 of the world started very badly in the game and had to accept a break in their first serve. But with her swift, flattened forehand she made increasing pressure and the backlog. After 41 minutes, Mladenovic converted her first set ball with an ace.
The 22-year-old Dart was equipped by the tournament organizers with a wild card after Julia Grabher had to cancel because of injury. An agreement with the British Tennis Association brought the Briton her third main field campaign in 2018. Mladenovic knew how to skilfully take the momentum in the second half. With a break to 2: 1 succeeded early in the preliminary decision. In the second lap, she meets her twin partner Timea Babos, who defeated Donna Vekic in two straight sets, "You do not have many good friends on the tour, but she's really one of them," Mladenovic said of her next opponent. "We also get along well off the field, we have to make the best of it."
WTA Linz: Tatjana Maria now against Görges or PetkovicTatjana Maria has reached the second round after a tough fight. The Germans were struggling with the aggressive style of the Russian qualifier Anna Blinkova at the beginning and lost the first set 2: 6.Danach, however, from time to time grabbed Maria again her finest tennis, brought in the defensive many balls with her backhand-slice and The second set went with the same result to Maria, after 0: 2 in the final set she took six of the next seven games. In round two it comes now to a purely German duel: The winner of the Mallorca meets Julia Görges or Andrea Petkovic.Belinda Bencic: Negative run continuesBelinda Bencic had to surrender somewhat surprisingly Vera Lapko from Belarus. The Swiss, currently number 41 in the world, won the first set clear 6: 1, but made subsequently only one game.Dabei used Lapko weaknesses at the serve skillfully, hit some return winners and pulled their opponent with increasingly Zahn. "I was surprised to hear the first sentence," Lapko said after the match as she was actually feeling good. "My coach then helped me find my way back to my game and he told me to stay calm and keep playing, luckily it got better." It was Bencic's fifth first-round defeat in a row and her last victory was in New England at the end of August Haven, where she reached the quarterfinals. After all, she succeeded in the early evening together with Barbara Haas a double success.
© GEPAWTA Linz: Camila Giorgi sovereign, Teichmann surprisedA compatriot of Bencic celebrated a surprise victory. Left-back Jil Teichmann, who struggled through qualifying on the weekend, beat Sorana Cirstea 6: 4, 6: 2 and now faces number five in the tournament, Camila Giorgi. The Italian eliminated Pauline Parmentier from France.WTA Linz: Further results from Tuesday: WinnerResult resultJohanna Larsson (SWE) Stefanie Vögele (SUI) 6: 2, 4: 6, 6: 4Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) Fiona Ferro (FRA) 6: 2 , 6: 3Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) Valentini Grammatikopoulou (GRE) 6: 4, 6: 2Timea Babos (HUN) Donna Vekic (CRO) 6: 1, 6: 1Monica Puig (PUR) Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) at 20.30