It is go once more ! The 2021 tennis season formally kicked off on Wednesday with the opening matches of the first spherical of the Abu Dhabi WTA 500 event. The Russian Daria Kasatkina, 72nd participant on this planet, thus had the distinction of securing the primary official victory of the 12 months after a hung combat towards the Chinese language Qiang Wang (thirty fourth within the WTA) in three units (6 -2, 3-6, 6-2) and 1h48 of play. Within the second spherical, she is going to face both Czech Karolina Muchova or Montenegrin Danka Kovinic.
Sport on the hats of wheel, Kasatkina then noticed his opponent come again to the rating and even breaker from the beginning of the third set, earlier than regaining whole management of the sport. The Russian thus eliminated the final six video games of the match, profiting from the 42 opposing faults. Regardless of the defeat, Qiang Wang, who had not performed because the Doha event in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, was glad. “I had not performed for 9 months in competitors. I believe it was not unhealthy, particularly within the second set. Sadly I misplaced my focus a bit within the third“, estimated the Chinese language.
Within the course of, one other Russian, Veronika Kudermetova, additionally gained on the expense of the quantity 10 seed Anett Kontaveit (7-5, 6-1). She is going to face the Kazakhe Yaroslava Shvedova or a professional within the subsequent spherical. Word that Kasatkina took the chance to disclose that she can be Victoria Azarenka’s coaching associate for the Australian Open through the first week of quarantine as soon as there.