In the second round in Berlin, Karolina Pliskova and Daria Kasatkina had to fight to get by on Wednesday against Bianca Andreescu and Ekaterina Alexandrova respectively. In two rounds, Maria Sakkari beat Daria Saville.
If the meeting of the 1st round between Ann Li and Cori Gauff is not yet over, Karolina Pliskova and Daria Kasatkina are already in the quarter-finals in Berlin. Indeed, this Wednesday, the Czech defeated Bianca Andreescu in three sets (6-4, 2-6, 7-6) and 2h13 of play and continued on the German lawn. After an entry into the running already disputed against the Estonian Kaia Kanepi (6-7, 6-0, 6-0), the world number 7 still had to fight a good battle to get out of it against the young Canadian. In the first set, the Louny native made the difference by taking her opponent’s serve at the best of times, at 5-4, to take control of the game. Behind, the 69th world reacted with style and returned without trembling to a set everywhere, thanks to two input breaks. In continuity, Andreescu broke away first in the third set, at 1-1, before finally seeing Pliskova return to equality, at 5-5.
Kasatkina on her way
In the decisive game, the Czech proved to be more solid to win on her third match point. In the next round, she could find Gauff, if the American is doing so far. A little later, it was Daria Kasatkina who won the duel of the day in Berlin. Opposed to Ekaterina Alexandrova, the world number 12 in the WTA ranking was stunning to qualify in three sets (5-7, 6-1, 6-1) and 1h56 of play. If the start of the match was tight between the two Russians, the recent winner at S’-Hertogenbosch then could not go the distance and completely broke down, scoring only two of the last 14 games. Opposite, the native of Togliatti was able to calmly unfold her tennis and therefore remains in contention in this tournament. After an interesting Roland-Garros, Kasatkina responds present on the grass, however will not be able to try to confirm her good pass of the moment at Wimbledon, end of June. Note that the Greek Maria Sakkari could be her next opponent this Thursday, a good duel in perspective.
Sakkari wins against Saville
Maria Sakkari continues her career in Berlin. After disposing of Léolia Jeanjean for her entry into the running on the German turf, the seeded number 2 got the better of Daria Saville, from qualifying. If the two players won their first service game, the world number 6 then raised her voice. A streak of five consecutive wins allowed the Greek to win the first set in half an hour. An ascendant that Maria Sakkari could have consolidated from the first game of the second set but she missed a break point. However, in the fifth game, the 6th in the world managed to do so… only to be broken up in stride by Daria Saville. The two players neutralized each other but it was Maria Sakkari who had the upper hand without managing to convert six break points. But the seventh was the right one and allowed him to serve to win the match. This was done on the second occasion (6-1, 7-5 in 1h31′) and allowed the Greek to join Daria Kasatkina in the quarter-finals.
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