High-seeded Simona Halep needed to combat laborious to advance to the second spherical of the Prague Open in beating unseeded Polana Hercog 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (3) on Tuesday.
It was the primary aggressive match for Halep since she gained the Dubai Championships in February for her 20th profession WTA title. Earlier than the Wimbledon champion recovered from a foot harm she sustained in Dubai, the coronavirus pandemic pressured a five-month break.
The Romanian dropped her serve six instances and double-faulted eight instances earlier than prevailing in a tiebreaker on her seventh match level.
“After the second set, I felt drained,” Halep stated. “However I knew she was in the identical place so I simply needed to persist with the plan and combat. The combating helped me to win the match.”
She’s going to face subsequent Czech wild-card entry Barbora Krejcikova.
Second-seeded Petra Martic, who reached the semifinals in Palermo final week, overcame Varvara Gracheva 7-6 (2), 6-Three and can face Kristyna Pliskova within the second spherical.
Third-seeded Elise Mertens recovered from a second-set scare to beat Jasmine Paolini 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Nevertheless, 4 of the top-10 seeded gamers went out.
Fifth-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova was upset by Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 6-4, No. 6 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova misplaced to Arantxa Rus 7-5, 6-2, Sara Sorribes Tormo eradicated seventh-seeded Barbora Strycova and Irina-Camelia Begu dispatched ninth-seeded Anastasia Sevastova 6-2, 6-2.
Camila Giorgi, Magdalena Frech, Ana Bogdan and Leonie Kung additionally superior.
The Prague Open is the second European match within the WTA’s restart amid the coronavirus pandemic, with strict well being protocols in place.
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