Louisa defeats Stephanie favorites and qualifiers of the WTA 125 tournament in France – Sports

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After the initial elimination, still in the first round of the WTA 1000 in Madrid, Spain, Brazilian tennis player Louisa Stephanie entered the singles qualifier and won the favorite tennis player this Sunday, her place in the main key of WTO 125 in St. Malo Guaranteed. , France, event on clay with a prize of US $ 115 million (R $ 624 thousand).

Placed in the current 26th and singles 771st in the doubles world, Brazil beat Japanese Kurmi Nara, sixth seed and No. 153 in the WTA rankings, with 2 sets from 1 – 6/1, 1/6 and 6/4. Beat. , After 1 hour and 49 minutes. The Oriental tennis player has a career title – Rio Open 2014, in Brazil – and last in the United States in Washington.

Stephanie waits for an opponent in the main bracket that will only be revealed this Monday. “Very happy with the win, I didn’t even know it, but even better. I played the first set very well in my style, very different, using slices, drop-shots, hitting, drawing well, My unconventional game. The second set I lost in the beginning, but I went back to the third, better, smarter, the way I was supposed to play and it was great. The court, next “, analyzed.

In doubles, Stephanie and American Hayley Carter, the fifth-best partnership of 2021, head to Seed 1 and won the first round “bye”. They debut against Swiss winners Leoni Kung and Kurumi Nara between German Vivian Heisen and Swedish Cornelia Lister against the winners of Davis in the quarter-finals. There is still no set date for the couple’s debut.

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In Spain – a fantastic start to the season for Czech Karolina Muchova won another chapter. After performing brilliantly at the Australian Open, going into the semi-finals, this Sunday he beat the champions of the first Grand Slam of the year in the second round of the Madrid WTA 1000, scoring 6/4, 3/6 and 6 /. 1 part from Japanese Naomi Osaka.

The Czechs won the top 10 opponent this season and 10th overall in his career. It took him 1 hour 49 minutes to drop key 2 and advance to the round of 16. His next opponent will come from a clash between Greek Maria Sakkari and Estonian Annette Contevit.

Sunday had opposite sentiments for two former world number one in Madrid. While Romanian Simona Halep claimed the position of third favorite and recorded her second win in the competition, Belarusian Victoria Azarenka suffered a back injury and did not even enter the court leaving the tournament.

After making a good start in the quest for a third championship on clay from Madrid, Halep got another great result, defeating the Chinese Saisai Zheng in straight sets and deserved the “tire”, writing the final score of 6 hours in 1 hour. Took 20 minutes. / 0 and 6/4 which secured it in the round of 16.

The next obstacle on the road to the current number 3 in the world should be a lot more complicated than the previous two. She will face Belgium’s Alice Mertens, seeded 13th, who defeated Ukrainian Elena Rybakina by 7/6 (7/4) and 7/5 ends. Hallep has the upper hand against Mertens for wins in four of the last five games.

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Twice a finalist and 12th qualifier in Madrid, Azarenka was forced to withdraw from his match against Jessica Pegula due to a back injury. The American went ahead without playing and will now face another Belarussian, Seed 5 Arya Sabalenka, who beat Russian Daria Kasatkina in straight sets to double 6/3.

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