Magda Linette beat Victoria Azarenka from a set down for the second time this 12 months to attain her first-ever win Saturday on the China Open.
The Polish No.2, who skilled in China for six years, closed out Day 1 of main-draw play in Beijing with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 comeback in opposition to the 2012 Beijing champion and former World No.1, who was taking part in the occasion for the primary time in 10 years.
In a bodily 2 hours and 11 minutes, each gamers recorded 23 winners, nevertheless it was Linette’s sustained consistency that gained out within the match in opposition to the No.14 seed. She racked up simply 22 unforced errors to Azarenka’s 35. She additionally broke Azarenka’s serve six instances.
Linette now boasts 20 profession wins in opposition to Prime 20 gamers, and the win was her first in opposition to such opposition since her final win over Azarenka — in Miami in March.
Seven main-draw matches took the court docket Saturday in Beijing, with Linette’s win being one among 5 to go three units.
Marta Kostyuk and wildcard Yuan Yue have been additionally winners in come-from behind style, as they dropped the primary set in eventual victories over Elisabetta Cocciaretto and Elise Mertens, respectively, whereas Varvara Gracheva and Petra Martic have been additionally three-set winners.
Yuan’s 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over Mertens was her first-ever at WTA 1000 stage; the 25-year-old from Yangzhou, ranked No.147 off her 2022 career-high of No.74, misplaced within the first spherical of the Miami Open final spring in her debut at this stage.
Martic’s 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(3) win over Sorana Cirstea was the longest of the day at 2 hours and 26 minutes, because the Croatian recorded her first win within the pair’s head-to-head in 9 years.
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