Aurélie SACCELI, Media365, posted Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 9:39 pm.
Karolina Pliskova beat her compatriot Petra Kvitova in three sets to reach the round of 16 in Stuttgart. Iga Swiatek also qualified with her 20th consecutive victory over Eva Lis and could challenge Emma Răducan in the quarterfinals. Anette Kontaveit qualified in three sets against Angelique Kerber.
20 out of 20 for Iga Swiatek! Winner of tournaments in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami, as well as two matches of the Billie Jean King Cup last week, the Pole, the world number one, scored her 20th victory in a row, entering the competition in Stuttgart. Unlike young German qualifier Eva Lis, the former Roland Garros winner didn’t go into details and won 6-1, 6-1 in 63 minutes. She only lost her serve once, 5-0 in the second set, when she had just missed a match point. So here she is in the quarterfinals and another 100 points in the WTA rankings. In the quarter-finals, Swiatek could face Emma Răducanu, who played her first round on Wednesday and quickly made short work of Storm Sanders by beating 6-1, 6-2 in 1:06 in a one-sided match where the Brit made four breaks and saved a single break point , which went to the Australian.
Czech duel for Pliskova
The two Czechs Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova have been in WTA tournaments for years and are accustomed to going far in tournaments, but they only faced each other for the fifth time on Wednesday, almost eight years after their first game. Since March, after a hand injury, Pliskova has not particularly shone in the United States, but remains the seventh racket of the world (in particular, thanks to points in the final at Wimbledon last year), and she maintains logic by beating her compatriot. , 28th in the world, the second time in his career. The 30-year-old won 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 in 2:23 in a match marked by a total of ten breaks, where she threw 13 aces and made 7 double faults.. Leading 3-0 from the start of the match, Pliskova managed to turn the tide in the first set before losing the second with a slip on the last serve. Everything was decided in the third set, where Kvitova took the lead 4:1, after which she allowed Pliskova to equalize the score 4:4 and finally win the tie-break (7:5). Therefore, she will play in the 1/8 finals against the Russian Samsonova.
Kontaveit in three sets
Germany’s No. 5 seed Anette Kontaveit held onto her spot by beating Angelique Kerber, but the Estonian struggled for 2 hours and 2 minutes before defeating the German 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. The sixth racket of the world missed the first set, where she lost the serve three times, but broke down at the beginning of the second set and managed to keep the lead until the end. In the third, Kontaveit quickly led 4:1, then unleashed one of her gaps, but not two, and managed to win, thereby eliminating the darling of the German public.
STUTTGART (Germany, WTA 500, clay, €700,826)
Current champion: Ashleigh Barty (Australia)
Swiatek (POL, No. 1) wins Fox (Germany, Q): 6-1, 6-1
Korpacz (GER, LL) – Raducanu (GBR, n°8)
Sakkari (GRE, №4) – Siegemund (GER, WC)
Samsonova (RUS) – Ka.Plishkova (RTC, №6)
Kontaveit (EST, n°5) – Aleksandrova (RUS)
Andreescu (Canada) – Sobolenko (BIE, №3)
Gill (TUN, n°7) – Kasatkina (RUS)
Rybakina (KAZ) – Badosa (ESP, №2)
Swiatek (POL, No. 1) – Till
Lily (German, Q) defeated Golubic (Switzerland): 5-7, 7-5, 7-5
Corpach (GER, LL) wins Giorgi (Italy): 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1
Radukan (UK, No. 8) defeats Sanders (Australia, Q): 6–1, 6–2
Sakkari (GRE, No. 4) – Till
Siegemund (Germany, WC) beat Zidansek (SRB): 6-3, 6-3
Samsonova (RUS) wins Paquet (FRA, Q): 6-0, 6-0
Ka.Pliskova (RTC, №6) defeats Kvitova (RTK): 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5)
Kontaveit (EST, No. 5) defeats Kerber (Germany): 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Alexandrova (RUS) Zhang win (China): 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6)
Andreescu (Canada) defeats Niemeyer (GERMANY, WC): 7-6 (5), 6-3
Sobolenko (BIE, No. 3) – Till
Gill (TUN, #7) defeated Vondrousova (RTK): 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Kasatkina (RUS) defeats Gauff (USA): 6-4, 6-2
Rybakin (KAZ) defeats Schunk (Germany, Q): 7-6 (3), 7-5
Badosa (ESP, No. 2) – Till