Elina Svitolina, fourth favorite of the tournament, was the first seed eliminated in her debut at the Mutua Madrid Open this Thursday. She was surprised by the Swiss Jill teichmann (40th in the world), which came back to win by 2-6, 6-4 and 7-6 (5). The 26-year-old Ukrainian did not have a good record in the tournament, given that the second round is her top and in 2019 she also fell to the first exchange, against the French Pauline Parmentier.
Svitolina squandered a big lead in the third set, dominating 5-1 when she turned the scoreline with a 4-0 run. and then he kept his serve to get to the tiebreaker. There he prevailed from 4-4 without having to save any match balls. The Swiss will now face the Spanish Paul Badosa.
The rest of the favorites who played in the morning passed without too much trouble. The Dutch Kiki Bertens (7th), champion in 2019, was the earliest when she beat the 15-year-old Andorran Victoria Jiménez, the youngest of the entire event, 6-4 and 6-0 in the center. He will meet the Russian Veronika Kudermetova, who beat Vesnina (6-1 and 6-4). The German Angelique Kerber could with the Czech Vondrousova (7-6 (5) and 6-1) and will run into the Czech Petra Kvitova (9th), who went through the withdrawal of her compatriot Bouzkova, who debuted at Mutua, when she won by 6-2 and 2-3.
Barty starts strong
The world number one, Ashleigh Barty, passed over the American Shelby Rogers (6-2 and 6-1 in 60 minutes) and will meet the Slovenian Zidansek, who won for the second time in two days (they had met in the second round of the forecast and the Taiwanese entered as a play-off) to Hseih, this time by 6-2 and 6-4. The Australian equals the number of victories of the leader of the year, Garbiñe Muguruza, to whom she ties with 21, the same that Kudermetova has also added since Thursday. Johanna Konta (15th) easily got rid of Putintseva (6-4, 6-2) and will face Latvian Sevastova. The Polish Iga Swiatek (14th) also did her homework in a forceful way, with a double 6-1 in 67 minutes against the American Riske and will face the German Siegemund. And the Swiss Belinda Bencic (8th) swept the French Mladenovic (6-4 and 6-2) to meet the American Pera.
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