Illustrative photo – Czech tennis player Markéta Vondroušová (pictured on February 20, 2023).
Berlin – Tennis player Markéta Vondroušová advanced to the 2nd round at the tournament in Berlin. The 23-year-old native of Sokolov defeated the Canadian Bianca Andreescu 7:6, 7:5 in the first match of the year on grass. Her next opponent will be domestic Jule Niemeierová, who knocked out defending champion Uns Džábirová from Tunisia.
Fifty-third ranked player in the world Vondroušová beat 2019 US Open winner Andreescu in one hour and 42 minutes. She beat the Canadian opponent for the second time this year, outclassing her on clay in Rome 6:0, 6:1 in May.
Both players relied on service in the first set and neither of them offered the opponent a break point. It was decided in a shortened game, which Vondroušová dominated 7:0. Andreescu lost her sixth tie-break in a row.
In the second set, the tennis players were no longer so reliable on their serve. Vondroušová was losing 1:4 after two lost serves, but subsequently averted four more break points and turned the tide with four consecutive games.
At 5:4, the Czech did not use three match points, but a moment later she did on a fourth attempt she did not hesitate when serving her opponent and could rejoice at the progress. Vondrousová won her first match on grass since last year's Wimbledon.
Women's tournament in Berlin
(grass, subsidy $780,637):
Singles – 1st round:
Vondroušová (Czech Republic) – Andreescuová (Can.) 7:6 (7: 0), 7:5, Sakkariová (6-Greek) – Cornetová (Fr.) 6:4, 6:2, V. Kuděrmětová (Rus.) – Cheng Chin-wen (China) 6:4, 6:2 .