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Putintseva topples Andreescu; Krejcikova rolls in Abu Dhabi

Putintseva topples Andreescu; Krejcikova rolls in Abu Dhabi

Qualifier Yuliya Putintseva defeated the 2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu.

In their first meeting on the Hologic WTA Tour, world No. 45 Putintseva of Kazakhstan defeated No. 37 Canada’s Andreescu in one hour and 40 minutes. Putintseva had 21 winners and 16 unforced errors as she converted five of her nine break points.

“I think the first set was a very intense match, we played very, very hard,” Putintseva said afterward. “I felt more confident in the second set, and I thought, ‘You’ve got to apply pressure now,’ and it went well.”

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Six of the first eight games were at receiver, but the players held serve more easily as they approached the first-set tiebreak. On the break point, Putintseva used the lob and cut the ball to play well, leading 6-0. Putintseva changed her third set point with her second ace of the day.

Putintseva continued her momentum in the second set, leading 4-0. Serving at 5-2, Putintseva fended off a break point before wrapping up the victory.

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Putintseva is booked for a second-round match against No. 6 seed Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil. World No. 14 Haddad Maia beat Marie Bouzkova 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in two-and-a-half hours to secure her first-round victory.

“I have to keep my head down and get ready for a tough fight,” Putintseva said, looking ahead at Haddad Maia.

Czech Republic’s 2021 French Open champion Barbora Kryckova also won her first-round match on Tuesday, comfortably beating Romania’s qualifier Elena Gabriel 6-1, 6-4. La Rousse.

Krejcikova won 80 percent of her first serve points and converted five of her seven break points into victory in 1 hour and 14 minutes. Krejcikova won their last match in Bucharest 2019 in three sets, beating Ruse 2-0.

Kreckova’s singles record this year is 5 wins and 2 losses, and she reached the last 16 of the Australian Open last month. Krycikova also won her seventh Grand Slam doubles title with Katerina Siniakova in Melbourne.

Also Tuesday, two top-20 players, Liudmila Samsonova and Karolina Pliskova, defeated lucky losers in the first round .

No. 8 seed Samsonova reversed Hawick Lau 3-6, 6-2, 6-0. Despite dropping a set, world No. 19 Samsonova won 86 percent of her first serve points, beating Paola Badossa, who replaced her when she retired with an upper respiratory illness. Sa’s Liu Xiang.

Samsonova will next face Krycikova in the second round.

World No. 20 Pliskova quickly advanced to the second round with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Isaline Bonaventure. Former world number one Pliskova never faced a break point in her 47-minute win over Wendt, who replaced another former world number one, Garbinhe Mu, in the tie. Guruza.

The highest-ranked unseeded player in the draw, Pliskova, will now face this year’s Australian Open runner-up and No. 3 seed Rybakina in the second round.

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