An exceptional forehand on the run wasn’t simply the spotlight of Clara Tauson’s first-round win over Irina-Camelia Begu on the Higher Austria Girls Linz, however served as a reminder of the 20-year-old’s potential.
This time final 12 months, Tauson was on the rise, and at a profession excessive of No.33. However a torrid 12 months have seen the younger Dane beset by sickness and damage. The newest was a foot downside that stored her out of the Australian Open, and her rating has consequently slipped to No.141.
Tauson solely entered the Linz draw as a fortunate loser, having misplaced to Rebeka Masarova within the final spherical of qualifying. However she was on spectacular type in upsetting No.3 seed Begu for her first High 30 win since defeating Belinda Bencic in Doha final February.
With pictures like this flashy forehand, struck from exterior the doubles alley and touchdown proper within the nook of Begu’s court docket, 2023 could possibly be shaping up as an enormous comeback 12 months for Tauson.
Lyon first-round highlights: Niemeier d. Kenin | Lys d. Rakhimova | Van Uytvanck d. Noskova | Vondrousova d. Tomova | Masarova d. Alexandrova | Potapova d. Bronzetti| Sakkari d. Parrizas Diaz | Friedsam d. Errani | Kalinina d. Parks | Tauson d. Begu
Different winners on Day 3 of Linz included No.4 seed Anhelina Kalinina, who ended freshly-crowned Lyon champion Alycia Parks’ 15-match indoor profitable streak 6-2, 7-5. Anna-Lena Friedsam, the 2015 runner-up, additionally gained a top-quality conflict of all-court exchanges over Sara Errani 6-2, 6-4 in 1 hour and 45 minutes.
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