Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Jabeur opens with victory at Berlin, Petkovic upsets Muguruza

BERLIN ( Associated Press) – Ons Jabur started her grass-court season with a win as she beat Karolina Muchova 6-3, 6-3 at the Berlin Open on Tuesday, while Andrea Petkovic upset Garbine Muguruza in a home Delighted the fans.

Playing for the first time since a first-round loss at the French Open, fourth-ranked Jabeur put on a sure performance as she saved all four break points she faced against her Czech rival.

Top seed Jaboor, who reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon last year, will now play US qualifier Alicia Parks.

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“Excited to play doubles with Serena,” Jabeur said. “When I got the news, I was over the moon. Such a privilege for me.”

Petkovic defeated Petra Kvitova at the 2019 US Open to beat fifth-seeded Muguruza 7-6 (8), 6-4 for her first win over a top 10 player.

The German will next face Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus for a place in the quarter-finals.

Second seed Maria Sakari advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-2 win over French qualifier Léolia Jeanjean. Sakkari, who avenged her loss to Jeanjean in their last meeting in 2013, will now play Australian qualifier Daria Saville.

In her second round match against Anna Kalinskaya, Belinda Bencic defeated German wild card Juul Niemeyer 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. Bencic had defeated the Russian player in the same round last week at Es-Hertogenbosch.

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