Sabalenka starts well, Samsonova can't do it anymore

‘S-Hertogenbosch tournament No. 2 seed Belinda Bencic defeated Madison Brengle in the first round, while No. 1 Aryna Sabalenka took out Ukraine’s Baindl. Seeded No. 5 Liudmila Samsonova, on the other hand, lost against Ann Li.

Beaten in the third round of Roland-Garros by Leylah Fernandez, Belinda Bencic took the direction of ‘S-Hertogenbosch to play her first grass tournament of the season. Seeded No. 2 in the Netherlands, the Swiss passed the first round without too many problems, beating Madison Brengle 6-4, 6-3 in 1h22. The Olympic champion broke from the start of the match, even winning the first eight points of the match, and managed to maintain her lead until the end of the round, even though she had four break points to defend. In the second, she took the opposing serve twice from 3-3 and therefore won this match, which will allow her to face the Russian Kalinskaya in the next round. World No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka, seeded No. 2 in the Netherlands, also made it through the first round. Beaten in the third round of Roland-Garros when she could dream of the final, the Belarusian will play a few grass tournaments, even if she is banned from Wimbledon. And she started her season on grass with a 6-4, 6-1 victory in 1h22 against the Ukrainian Kateryna Baindl (ex-Kozlova): 6-4, 6-1 in 1h22. Despite once again irregular service (10 aces, 11 double faults), Sabalenka managed to pull through. While her opponent had come back from 1-3 to 4-3 in the first set, she, in turn, chained three games to pocket the set. The second, on the other hand, was easier, with breaks at 1-0 and 3-0. The world No. 6 will face Dutch qualifier Hartono in the next round.

Samsonova plumbed by Swiatek

Another Russian, precisely, fell from the start, in the person of Liudmila Samsonova, seeded n°5. Since her semi-final in Stuttgart lost to Iga Swiatek after having resisted magnificently for 3:03, the 28th player in the world has lost her entry in Madrid, Rome, Roland-Garros, and therefore again this Tuesday during the Dutch tournament. The 21-year-old American won 6-3, 6-4 in 1:23, breaking at 2-1 in the first set and 3-3 in the second. The Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, seeded n°7, beat the Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska, in a necessarily special match, on the score of 2-6, 7-6, 6-2, during a meeting marked by ten breaks.


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