Women's tennis tournament in Dubai, singles – 1st round, February 19, 2023. Petra Kvitová from the Czech Republic.
Dubai – Tennis players Petra Kvitová, Barbora Krejčíková, Marie Bouzková and Linda Fruhvirtová entered the lucrative tournament in Dubai with impressive wins. The 2013 champion Kvitova easily won in windy weather over the Italian Martina Trevisan 6:2, 6:1, Bouzková defeated the American Sofia Kenin twice 6:1, Krejčíková defeated the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 6:4, 6:2 and the 17-year-old Fruhvirtová defeated Danielle Collins from the USA 6:3, 6:4.
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Thirty-two-year-old Kvitová, who is the twelfth seeded player in the world number 13 in Dubai, defeated Trevisan in 69 minutes. In the opening set, she struggled with her serve in the wind, collected five double faults and lost her serve twice, but her opponent was unable to hold her serve even once. In the second set, the Czech player evened things up, lost only three fifteens on her serve and progressed confidently to the 2nd round.
Although the 27-year-old Krejčíková entered the match with a serve loss, she turned the game around at the end of the opening set. From 3:4, she won six games in a row and did not let her opponent back into the game. After an hour and 35 minutes, she converted her third match point on her serve. The finalist from 2021 will face Russia's Darya Kasatkinová for a place in the round of 16.
Bouzková scored only her second win on the WTA circuit this year against Keninová. The 2020 US Australian Open champion, who started the tournament as a wild card, was not given a chance by the 26th ranked player and advanced in 63 minutes. In the 2nd round, she will face another Grand Slam winner, her opponent will be last year's Wimbledon champion Jelena Rybakinová, or US Open 2019 winner Bianca Andreescu.
The elder of the Fruhvirt sisters, who also received a wild card from the organizers, outplayed the often erring Collins without major problems. In the first set, she defeated the former world number seven smoothly in 34 minutes, in the second she lost serve twice, but she was always able to equalize immediately and take the match to victory.
Alcaraz is returning to the courts in the finals in Buenos Aires< /h3>
The Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz will play the final in his first start after a long-term injury to his abdominal muscles. At the clay tournament in Buenos Aires, he advanced to the fight for the title over compatriot Bernabé Zapata, whom he defeated twice in the semi-finals 6:2 in 77 minutes. The second player in the world will compete for the seventh triumph in his career in a duel between the two highest-ranked players with the British Cameron Norrie.
The 19-year-old Alcaraz, in his comeback in the Argentine capital after an almost four-month break, had the most work so far in the first round, in the next two he acted even more convincingly according to the results. “After the injury, I was a little (mentally) down and I needed to find my confidence and rhythm again in those four months. To be in the final again right after my return, that's something extraordinary for me,” said the former world number one and tournament number one.< /p>
The 27-year-old Norrie, who eliminated Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas after winning 7:6, 6:4, is looking forward to the final. “I know that I will have to put everything into it. It will be a tough fight, but also a nice one,” Alcaraz expects from the duel, which will be played today from 20:00 CET. The 12th-ranked Norrie will be playing for his fifth career title, having lost three of their four meetings with Alcaraz so far.
Home favorite Fritz and Kecmanovič will face each other in the final in Delray Beach
World No. 7 Taylor Fritz and Serbian tennis player Miomir Kecmanovic will meet in the finals of the tournament in Delray Beach. The top-seeded Fritz went into the fight for the title without losing a set and in the semi-finals he defeated compatriot Mackenzie McDonald 6:3, 7:6 in the semi-finals. Kecmanovic, the tournament's top four, had to go through three sets for the first time in Florida before winning over Radu Albot from Moldova 7:6, 3:6, 6:2.
Twenty-five-year-old Fritz will play for the fifth title in his career and the first individual title of the season. At the start of the year, he helped the Americans win the inaugural United Cup by scoring the decisive point in the final against Italy. Kecmanovič is waiting for his second tournament championship since 2020, when he triumphed on clay in Kitzbühel. He has a negative record of 1:2 with Fritz, but he won the last mutual match last year on a hard surface, also in Florida in nearby Miami.
Results of tennis tournaments
Women's tournament in Dubai (hard surface, subsidy 2,788,468 dollars)
Singles – 1st round:
Krejčíková (CZE) – Beguová (Roman) 6:4, 6:2, Keysová (USA) – Paoliniová (It.) 6:1, 6:1, Jastremská (Ukr.) – Cornetová (Fr.) 6:2, 6:3 ,, Kvitová (12-CZE) – Trevisanová (It.) 6:2, 6:1, Bouzková (CZE) – Keninová (USA) 6:1, 6 :1, Cheng Qinwen – Zhang Shuai (both China) 6:3, 6:1, L. Fruhvirtová (Czech Republic) – Collinsová (USA) 6:3, 6:4, Samsonovová (14-Russia) – Badosaová (Sp.) 6:7 (3:7), 7:6 (7:5 ), 6:4, Tomovova (Bulgaria) – Kanepiova (Est.) 6:3, 6:1, Anisimovova (USA) – Zvonareva (Russia) 6:3, 6:2.
Doubles – 1st round:
Vondroušová, Kalinská (Czech Republic/Russia) – Melicharová-Martinezová, Perezová (5-USA/Austria) 3:6, 6:3 , 4:14 p.m.
Men's tournament in Buenos Aires (clay, $711,600 subsidy)
Singles – semi-finals:
Alcaraz (1-Sp.) – Zapata (Sp.) 6:2, 6:2.
Men's tournament in Delray Beach (hard surface, subsidy $718,245)
Singles – semi-finals:
Fritz (1-USA) – McDonald (USA) 6:3, 7:6 (8:6), Kecmanovic (4-Serbia) – Albot (Moldova) 7:6 (10:8), 3:6 , 6:2.