Rising Chinese language star Zheng Qinwen notched her first tour-level victory on residence soil with a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of qualifier Kateryna Volodko within the first spherical of the Financial institution of Communications Zhengzhou Open.
Zheng, 21, was the gold medallist on the Asian Video games in Hangzhou two weeks in the past, however misplaced her debut WTA match in China to Elena Rybakina in Beijing final week. However the US Open quarterfinalist was in dominant kind as she superior previous No.267-ranked Volodko in 1 hour and 24 minutes.
The serve and forehand had been the bedrocks of Zheng’s win. She slammed 11 aces and conceded only one level behind her first serve, and took her winner complete to 23 due to a collection of ferocious down-the-line winners. Former World No.29 Volodko was unable to maintain up with Zheng’s tempo, and the 37-year-old Ukrainian was sunk by 23 unforced errors — together with six double faults — to solely three winners.
Zheng will subsequent face No.3 seed Maria Sakkari for the third time. She has but to beat the Greek participant, although their first-round encounter in Doha this February was notable for Zheng pulling off one of many photographs of the 12 months with a scorching tweener cross.
“Proper now, my physique is in fine condition to play towards her,” mentioned Zheng after defeating Volodko. “Final time, I wasn’t 100%. So I want I can provide my finest within the subsequent match, and let’s have a look at what occurs.”
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Elsewhere, Lucia Bronzetti overcame a collection of powerfully-struck winners from 25-year-old wild card Guo Hanyu to win 7-5, 6-1, organising a second-round tilt towards No.4 seed Ons Jabeur. Fellow Italian Jasmine Paolini additionally superior, defeating fortunate loser Moyuka Uchijima 6-2, 6-3, and can subsequent face No.6 seed Caroline Garcia.
No.10 seed Donna Vekic and Lesia Tsurenko will even meet within the second spherical after posting similar 6-4, 6-2 scorelines over Nao Hibino and Diana Shnaider respectively.
- Zheng Qinwen claims first win on residence soil in Zhengzhou
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