Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff win WTA China Open first-round clashes in Beijing | Tennis Information

No 2 seed Iga Swiatek of Poland and US Open champion Coco Gauff each received their China Open openers in straight units on Monday in Beijing.

Swiatek superior to the second spherical of the WTA 1000 match with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain. Her subsequent opponent can be France’s Varvara Gracheva.

Swiatek fired 17 winners and received 15 of 17 internet factors within the first set. She then received 12 of the primary 14 factors within the second set to open up a 3-0 lead, ending the match with 27 winners to 25 unforced errors. Swiatek broke Sorribes Tormo’s serve seven occasions.

“For certain, right this moment I felt actually assured and comfy as a result of I have been practising that lots,” Swiatek stated. “I am fairly happy with my efficiency on the internet as a result of, technically, I really feel like my volley has modified. I am actually pleased with that.

“I feel in opposition to some gamers it is type of essential to go to the web, and right this moment that was that type of a match.”

Iga Swiatek, of Poland, reacts after a point against Rebecca Peterson, of Sweden, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Monday, Aug. 28, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Poland’s Iga Swiatek beat Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4 6-3 in Beijing

The third-seeded Gauff prolonged her successful streak to 13 matches by defeating Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova 7-5 6-3 in 1 hour and 22 minutes. The 19-year-old Gauff has received 19 of 20 matches since her first-round setback at Wimbledon.

Gauff transformed 4 of her eight break probabilities and completed with 11 winners and 11 unforced errors, in comparison with 19 winners and 24 unforced errors for the Twentieth-ranked Alexandrova. Serving at 5-6 within the opening set, Alexandrova shot herself within the foot with two double faults and a backhand into the web.

“General I am pleased with how I used to be capable of push by way of,” Gauff stated. “Is it how I prefer to play? In all probability not. However I knew coming in was going to be powerful, simply coming from internationally.

“That is the primary time right here. I knew it was going to be a tricky match for me regardless. Particularly Alexandrova, she’s an ideal participant. I am pleased with how I used to be capable of handle.”

Gauff’s second-round opponent can be Croatia’s Petra Martic. No 5 seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan breezed to a 6-1 6-2 first-round win over China’s Qinwen Zheng.

No 7 Ons Jabeur of Tunisia additionally superior to the second spherical with a 6-3 6-4 win over Ashlyn Krueger. No 9 Caroline Garcia of France was a 6-2 6-4 winner in opposition to Ukraine’s Kateryna Baindl.

No 11 Daria Kasatkina of Russia outlasted Egypt’s Mayar Sherif 1-6 6-4 7-6 (8) whereas Russia’s Liudmila Samsonova knocked out No 12 Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 6-4 7-5.


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