Petkovic upsets Muguruza; Sakkari rolls in Berlin

Andrea Petkovic confident a German presence in the second one around of the bett1open after she disappointed No.5 seed Garbiñe Muguruza 7-6(8), 6-4 on Tuesday in Berlin.

Former Top 10 participant Petkovic took 2 hours and six mins to grasp two difficult units in opposition to former World No.1 Muguruza. Petkovic is now 4-1 lifetime in opposition to Muguruza.

“I actually do imagine that during those actually shut fits, the straightforward and little shift of power could make the variation,” Petkovic mentioned after her home-soil victory. “If you’ve got the group for your facet, and they’re keen you to the win someway, I feel that may actually make a distinction.”

59th-ranked Petkovic were 0-9 in opposition to Top 20 gamers on grass earlier than her newest win over Muguruza. It may be Petkovic’s first win over a Top 10 participant since she beat then-No.6 Petra Kvitova on the 2019 US Open.

On Tuesday, Muguruza got here again from an early destroy down to succeed in a first-set tiebreak, the place she held two set issues at 6-4. But a double fault and two neglected returns gave Petkovic the primary of her 3 set issues, and the German sooner or later eked out the set with a drop shot winner.

Highlights: Petkovic def. Muguruza

Petkovic broke Muguruza with a profitable putaway within the first recreation of the second one set, and the German stored 4 destroy issues whilst consolidating for 2-0. Muguruza erased 4 fit issues at 5-3 with robust play, however Petkovic served out the fit at love within the subsequent recreation.

Petkovic will subsequent face Aliaksandra Sasnovich for a place within the quarterfinals. Petkovic gained their first assembly simply in 2017, however Sasnovich gained the following two in immediately units, together with at Rome qualifying closing month.

“For me, [Sasnovich is] an overly uncomfortable opponent, I’ve misplaced to her the previous couple of instances,” Petkovic mentioned. “Hopefully I will be able to discover a higher resolution this time and alter a couple of issues, and simply communicate thru it with my group and be ready.”

Earlier on Tuesday, No.2 seed Maria Sakkari of Greece made swift passage into the second one around with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over French qualifier Leolia Jeanjean.

In their best earlier assembly, Jeanjean prevailed after they confronted off at an ITF Challenger tournament in 2013, whilst each had been ranked out of doors the Top 500. But Sakkari, now a Top 10 participant, exacted her revenge 9 years later with a complete 83-minute win.

Jeanjean had a leap forward tournament mere weeks in the past when she surprised Top 10 participant Karolina Pliskova en path to the 3rd around of Roland Garros, her domestic Grand Slam, as a wildcard. That outcome propelled Jeanjean to a brand new career-high score of World No.149.

But Sakkari would no longer let Jeanjean upload every other disappointed to her resume at the grass courts of Berlin. Sakkari gained an astounding 92 % of her first-service issues and not confronted a destroy level all day.

Sakkari will meet Australian qualifier Daria Saville in the second one around. Sakkari and previous Top 20 participant Saville have cut up their two earlier conferences, with Sakkari profitable their most up-to-date fit by the use of retirement at Indian Wells previous this yr.

Berlin: No.2 seed Sakkari fees previous Jeanjean in opening around

2022 Berlin

Last yr’s Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic needed to paintings more difficult to ebook her spot in Round 2. No.8 seed Bencic of Switzerland held off German wildcard Jule Niemeier 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in a rematch in their first-round conflict from closing yr.

Highlights: Bencic def. Niemeier

Bencic, who was once runner-up to Liudmila Samsonova in Berlin closing season, transformed 5 of her 9 destroy issues at the day, withstanding a barrage of 15 aces from native land hope Niemeier, who made her Top 100 debut simply closing month.

The Swiss participant sooner or later prevailed in in 2 hours and 22 mins, combating Niemeier from claiming her first Top 20 victory. Bencic will now face every other wildcard, Anna Kalinskaya, in the second one around. Bencic beat Kalinskaya in the similar around in ‘s-Hertogenbosch closing week.

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