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Tianjin Open 2018: On the way!
Published on: 2018-10-10
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020Garcia dropped just five games in first round action in Tianjin

No.2 seed Caroline Garcia needed little more than an hour to book her place in the second round of the Tianjin Open on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Chinese qualifier Xun Fang Ying.

021Xun Fang Ying

Despite over 200 places between them in the world rankings, the 23-year-old home favorite kept pace with the World No.16 in the opening set, coming from an early break down to level at 4-4.
 

However, the French No.1 broke again - this time at love - in the ninth game of the opener en route to sealing it, and never trailed over the course of the second set to book her place in the second round in 69 minutes.
 

Garcia dropped just four points on serve in the second set, and also won the last four games of the match to set a second-round meeting with another Chinese qualifier in Zhang Yuxuan, who ousted Irina-Camelia Begu, 7-5, 6-3.
 

On the other side of the coin, Caroline Garcia had an easy win in her opening round fixture. In that win, Caroline Garcia won in straight sets by breaking her opponents serve on 5 occasions while only losing one service game. Caroline Garcia has struggled over the past few months and she has fallen down the rankings. That being said, Garcia looked in great form in her opening round match and she will expect to win this match considering she is significantly more accomplished than her opponent. Caroline Garcia has an exceptional record in China having won the WTA China Open and WTA Wuhan Open in 2017. With such a strong record in this country, Caroline Garcia will be hard to beat.

023Zhang Yuxuan

This will be the first time that Caroline Garcia and Zhang Yuxuan will be playing each other at a WTA event.

024Jana Cepelova

All in all, I am going to pick Caroline Garcia to win this match. Garcia is much more accomplished than her opponent and has significantly greater experience at WTA events. With an incredible record in China, I see Caroline Garcia winning this match and making the third round of the tournament.

025Wang Yafan

In other first round action in the bottom half of the draw, No.3 seed Elise Mertens battled through a tough opener before seeing off China's Zhu Lin, 7-5, 6-1, while Slovak qualifier Jana Cepelova defeated Wang Yafan in just under two-and-a-half hours, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.

026Lara ARRUABARRENA & Timea BACSINSZKY


2018天津网球公开赛今日进入正赛第2日,大风带着寒意突袭天津,WTA各路高手在5级大风中继续进行首轮比赛,争夺晋级名额。女单比赛中,2号种子加西亚、3号种子梅尔腾斯和4号种子萨巴伦卡都顺利过关,与她们一同获胜的还有天津本地选手张宇璇,这也是张宇璇首次跻身天津网球公开赛16强。女双比赛中,中国选手韩馨蕴和德国选手达里贾•尤拉克以6比2、6比1轻取美国选手萨布丽娜•桑塔玛利亚和俄罗斯选手亚娜•斯季科娃;中国组合段莹莹/王雅繁经过抢十大战,4比6、6比1、8比10憾负澳大利亚组合莫妮克•阿达姆扎克/杰西卡•摩尔。
 

通过资格赛晋级的中国选手荀芳颖在今日中央球场的第二场比赛中迎战劲敌法国选手卡洛琳•加西亚,赛会2号种子加西亚目前世界排名第16位。由于实力和经验都占据了上风,她在今天的比赛中没有给荀芳颖太多机会,很快便以6比4、6比1取得比赛的胜利。赛后,加西亚表示,“今天风很大也很冷,我和对手都需要去适应这样的天气。当然,我们能在中央球场打球也很幸运,毕竟相较于外围球场来说,中央球场受天气影响较小。这是我第一次和荀芳颖打比赛,她身材高挑,打球很有力量,所以今天的比赛我第一盘打得也比较艰难,能够进入第二轮我感到很开心。”
 

在荀芳颖对战加西亚的同时,另一名中国选手王雅繁在1号球场与斯洛伐克选手雅娜•塞佩洛娃展开了对16强名额的争夺。塞佩洛娃目前世界排名第273位,在资格赛中先后战胜了中国选手郭涵煜和韩馨蕴跻身正赛,状态正佳。在今日的比赛中,面对世界排名第73位的王雅繁,塞佩洛娃一开场就表现得信心十足,进攻犀利主动,失误率少;反观王雅繁,首盘即送出了5个双误,迟迟未能掌握场上主动权。最终,经过2小时29分钟的鏖战,状态更胜一筹的塞佩洛娃以7比5、3比6、6比4战胜王雅繁,晋级本届天网女单16强。
 

赛会4号种子、白俄罗斯选手阿莉娜•萨巴伦卡随后在中央球场的第三场比赛中迎战美国选手索菲亚•科宁。在不久前结束的武汉网球公开赛中,萨巴伦卡以6比3、6比3完胜科宁,此后一路高歌猛进,在武网捧得女单冠军奖杯。此番两人再度交手,萨巴伦卡却没能轻松取胜,首盘即被拖入抢七局。虽然最后白俄罗斯人以7比6拿下首盘,但是科宁紧接着在第二盘以6比4将盘分扳平。决胜盘中,萨巴伦卡终于找回状态,以6比0完胜,顺利晋级16强,本场比赛萨巴伦卡发出10个ace球,展示了自己上届天网女单亚军的风采。
 

在今天进行的其它比赛中,中国选手张宇璇7比5、6比3战胜罗马尼亚选手伊琳娜•卡米莉亚•贝古;中国选手朱琳5比7、1比6不敌3号种子、比利时选手伊莉丝•梅尔腾斯;美国球员丹妮尔•柯林斯中途退赛,她本轮的对手瑞士球员提米亚•巴辛斯基晋级下一轮;哈萨克斯坦选手尤利娅•普汀塞娃0比6、6比3、6比7不敌日本选手土居美咲;捷克选手芭芭拉•克赖奇科娃因对手乌克兰人凯特琳娜•科兹洛娃退赛也获得一个晋级名额,英国选手凯蒂•博尔特以7比6、6比3击败希腊选手玛利亚•萨卡里。
 

女双方面,俄罗斯选手叶夫根尼娅•罗迪纳和澳大利亚选手阿杰拉•托姆拉诺维奇3比6、6比4、6比10不敌美国选手尼科尔•梅利查和捷克选手克维塔•佩斯克;美国组合凯特琳•克里斯琴/德西雷•克拉奇克2比6、6比4、4比10输给了西班牙选手拉腊•阿鲁拉巴蕾娜和瑞士选手提米亚•巴辛斯基。

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