In the round of 16, on a date to be defined by the organization, Stephanie and Carter take on Rome’s leading No. 2, Czech Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Sinakova, who were champions in the WTA 1000 in Madrid, Spain the previous day. Week, and they are currently leading the race for the WTA Finals.
“Great start here in Rome, a super clean game from our side, one of my favorites. It gives a good rhythm and confidence for the next game against the Czechs, who won the title in Madrid. I love the conditions here Am. In Rome, last year we played very well, we like energy, the court, so we will have a good game and we try to be here “, said Stephanie.
The semifinalists, Stephanie and Carter have 350 points to defend in Rome last year. But as the 2020 tournament was played only in the second half, these points would be retained until September. If they do a better campaign, in terms of title or vice, the result of 2021 will already have an immediate impact on the WTA rankings.
In the singles category, in their first game of the season on clay, Spanish Garbi Muguruza spent just 66 minutes showing and defeating Romanian “lucky-loser” Patricia Maria Tig, who replaced Russian team player Paveluchenkova. 2 sets with portions from 0 to 6/1 and 6/2. His next opponent will be American Bernarda Pera, who won 6/3 and 6/2 against Slovenia Tamara Zidanec.
This Tuesday round served to define the first opponents of the main favorites for the title, which would be the first film in the second round. Number one in the world, Australian Ashley Barty will face veteran Kazakh Yaroslav Shvedova, who defeated Italian Martina Trevison 2 sets to 1 – partial 0/6, 7/6 (7/4) and 7/6 (8/6) ).
Back on the professional circuit – her last match was at the Australian Open in February – American Serena Williams played against Argentine Nadia Podoroska, who had no problem with the German Laura Sigmund and she sweated to win the turnaround, playing the game in partial 2 Closed with. / 6, 7/6 (7/3) and 6/1.