comfortable victory for Errani, defeat in two sets Voegele. Tan out, come on Peterson

No surprise, with a sigh of relief for our colors, on this first day of WTA Credit One Charleston Open, tournament of the 500 category on clay. In fact, he confirmed his excellent relationship with clay Jasmine Paoliniwhich easily passed, without ever losing service, the # 259 in the world Gabriela Leefor 6-2 6-3. The blue n.2 has therefore met the expectations, constant from start to finish, and never at the mercy of events or tension, appeared determined to take the second round of this tournament, which sees a very noble participation (the tds n .1 is Aryna Sabalenka, # 5 WTA, defeated after a great match by Jasmine in the second round of Indian Wells). A match that was not very boring, although not very balanced, which contrasted two different styles, which were also largely so in terms of effectiveness, as we will now see.

The match- Jasmine is likely to start uphill, who cancels three break points with courage and strength, including a big exchange on the second, closed with a winning streak. However, she defends Lee well, who with the forehand and with the backhand slice puts in difficulty Paolini, who suffers the balls without weight. After having canceled and recoiled, the n.48 in the world goes to take the break, demonstrating the superiority from the bottom and the greater weight of the ball, even reciprocating the slice on the break ball, where the Romanian can do nothing, even a little surprise. In the third game, two more break chances canceled by Paolini to confirm it, who always gets by building and with patience, but who makes a few mistakes too many, also determined by Lee who finds depth and the right power. The fifth game, after the Romanian moves her score, in a game in which Paolini lets go of his arm, concentrating on his turn to serve, is the first ever of the match held at 0, in which the Italian girl makes her feel the greater strength and excellent cross-country sensations.

Two more transition games follow, with Lee holding at 0, playing well tactically and also giving tasty technical flashes, although Paolini now appears determined to play only on his serve, which in fact keeps easily at 15. The feeling is that only so many Jasmine’s mistakes can lend a hand to the # 259 in the world, which, although technically polite, is too light and unaccustomed to certain rhythms to bother. Paolini hits the second break of the set in the seventh game, which is also equivalent to winning it with a score of 6-2, easily. There was a fight only in the first 3 games, then Jasmine took the measures to Lee and imposed her own game, a much higher ball speed for the Romanian’s ropes.

The start of the second set is very comfortable once again for Jasmine, who keeps the serve at 15 almost without playing. Second game is excellent for the Romanian, who plays well on the backhand, protagonist for her in this beginning of the second, which brings her 0-30 in response, also because Paolini seems to be missing a bit the first of her. But, having said that, 3 of them arrive in a row which are decisive to close. In the fourth game, the balance is broken: Lee ahead 40-0, apparently in control, then three errors in a row including a double foul and the omelette is served, at the second break ball Jasmine starts to push hard and chases the Romanian away , who despite an excellent partial start gives up the service, easily confirmed at 15 by Paolini. There is an opportunity to definitively close in the sixth game: break ball canceled excellently by Lee, who moves it and closes it on the open field (a solution that he should have found with more continuity) and with pride and courage he gets away, staying in the wake . She also gets to the advantages in Jasmine’s next game, that something is giving her a little more, especially when she wants to shut down and gets rushed, but if she builds with patience there is no story.

The blue wastes the first two match points in response, but once again with many merits in canceling them from Lee, who finds depth and does good touch, attacking the net. Clearly he was only postponing the inevitable, given that the number 48 in the world closed the second set shortly after 6-3, once again with the help of an excellent first and the impetus from the bottom. A victory undoubtedly deserved by Jasmine Paolini, who never shivered except for the very first two games in service, but in the second she did not concede anything to the Romanian, who for her part tried to row against, but never managed to move Paolini enough. nor to find continuity with the bottom shots, especially with the backhand. Continuity instead found widely by Jasmine, which she will face in a crackling second round Jessica Pegula, tds n.6, one of the 19 Americans present on the scoreboard. Only one precedent, a Indian Wells last year, won in two easy sets by the hostess, clearly more at ease on the fast, certainly our Paolini will have her say on clay.

It should also be noted, in this first day in which, we remind you, the first eight seeded players did not take the field, who will benefit from a bye in the first round, some victories of thick players, such as that of Alizè Cornet. The French tennis player, tds n.12, eliminated effortlessly 6-0 7-5 Alycia Parks, who tried to resist at least in the second but could not do anything against the overwhelming power of Cornet, who lost only 5 points when he put the first on the field. Twin score for another seeded No. 15 Amanda Anisimovawho got the better of the qualified compatriot Sachia Vickery, who had a break advantage twice in an excellent second set, but was unable to make an impact, and thus sent the opponent’s favorite forward. Finally we mention Linda Fruhvirtovawhich, using the wildcard received, he beat Ana Konjuh 4-6 6-1 6-3 in an hour and 50. The very young Czech, born in 2005, therefore continues to win and climb positions, and will face in all probability Belinda Bencicwhich had to surrender only to the rediscovery Osaka in that of You love me.
At the end of the day session, retreat for Petra Kvitova against the Polish Frech when she was down 7-6 (6) 3-2. The Czech appeared to suffer from a resentment in her left thigh after 1h37 of play.

The complete Charleston draw (WTA 500)

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