On Wednesday, the Ostrava Open featured two first-round matches and three second-round matches.
The first-round matches were won by Jelena Ostapenko and Alison Riske, who respectively reached the finals of the Luxembourg Open and the Portoroz Open. In 66 minutes, the Latvian beat Russian Anna Blinkova 6-4, 6-0.
Ostapenko dropped her serve twice during the match but broke her opponent six times to win in straight sets. Ostapenko will face fourth seed Maria Sakkari in the second round.
Meanwhile, Riske defeated French qualifier Fiona Ferro in three sets and two hours and 15 minutes in her first round.
The American won 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 and will now face Jil Teichmann in the second round.
Iga Swiatek makes a comeback
In the Czech capital, the top two seeds got their campaign off to a good start.
Iga Swiatek of Poland, who is competing in her maiden tournament as the top seed, beat Yulia Putintseva 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 47 minutes. Despite winning in straight sets, the 2020 French Open winner was tormented by the Kazakh throughout the match.
“It was very tough. She was running to every ball – it was really hard to finish her, especially with such a slow surface. She could reach everything and she was fighting to the end – even on match point, I had to finish her, like, three times,” Swiatek said.
“I’m really happy I won because normally it’s really hard for me to play with such players. I like to risk and with risking comes unforced errors, so it’s tough to get the balance between when to push and when to stay and wait for the opponent to miss.”
Swiatek will face either Magda Linette or Elena Rybakina in the quarter-finals. In comparison, Petra Kvitova, the second seed in Ostrava, had a longer match. In two hours and five minutes, the Czech beat Russian Anastasia Potapova 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-3.
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