t:accuino roma ’22

Internazionali BNL Italia / Trophee Lagardere / Liqui Moli open
→ F | → SF | → QF | → R16 | → R32 | → R64 | → Q
During the last two weeks I’ve grown to like a bit the idea of one event/one post. So I decided to stick to this concept for a little while just to see how it feels in the long run.
Francesca Schiavone
Main topic here will be Rome, yet there are two other minor WTA tournaments in Paris and Karlsruhe that week, which probably will be dealt with in this lower section of the daily comments, where I put my thoughts on ITF tournaments from the German perspective as well.

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Rome, 8/5/22 – In yesterday’s first round of qualifying almost all usual suspects won their races. Only exception the loss of [14] Misaki Doi to Swiss Susan Bandecchi by 46 63 36. Jet probably no exception as well, with the likable Japanese having quite some recent early losses under her belt. On day two one can hope for some interesting encounters. [ → order of play ] // [8] Kostyuk, [11] Juvan, [3] Sasnovich, [13] Davis, [7] Martic, [2] Martincova, [1] Putitseva and, unknown to me, [16] Avanesyan, those are the names of the players who made it through to the Rome ’22 main draw.
Lauren Davis
On ITF level obviously the Wiesbaden final between Danka Kovinic (MNE) and Nastasja Schunk (GER) will be of some interest here. // End of the line, but well-fought. Kovinic def Schunk by 63 760. // Congrats to Maja Chwalinska for winning the ITF W60 Prague title by beating [1] Ekaterine Gorgodze (GEO) 75 63. Told her years ago that I’d expect a good development for her.
Maja Chwalinska

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  • Rome, 9/5/22 [ → order of play ] The only clear favorite to me [12] Belinda Bencic today. Cocciaretto should be no problem for her. The other eleven fixtures of the day more tricky. Martina Trevisan has been seen being very very dangerous in the past on home soil whereas her normally superior opponent Zhang Shuai showed some signs of (re-)tiredness of late. Very difficult to predict [16] Azarenka matches these days. And Golubic should never ever be underestimated. Well, Giorgi should conquer Tomlanovic, yet both are decent surprise bags. [15] Gauff vs Kerber. Will the German power-play veteran prey on her feast in a quick carnage? Albeit the amazing American youngster is capable of doing many many things. H2H CornetHalep 4-1. But I feel that the Romanian is in the late-career winning mood (and mode) right now. Let’s see. Who will give the post-match interview of [14] Pavlyuchenkova vs Fernandez? Sasnovich vs Kudermetova probably quite a tug of war. Same with Kasatkina/Zidansek, Kalinina/Keys, Martic/Muchova and Juvan/Putintseva. // Very very pleased I am with the wins of Halep, Gauff and Fernandez.
    Viktorija Golubic
    1. Daria Kasatkina def Tamara Zidansek | 64 63
    2. [16] Victoria Azarenka def Viktorija Golubic | 63 60
    3. Simona Halep def Alize Cornet | 64 64
    4. Petra Martic def Karolina Muchova | 62 36 61
    5. Shuai Zhang def Martina Trevisan | 64 62
    6. Aliaksandra Sasnovich def Veronika Kudermetova | 36 764 61
    7. Yulia Putintseva def Kaja Juvan | 75 46 75
    8. [12] Belinda Bencic def Elisabetta Cocciaretto | 64 62
    9. Leylah Fernandez def [14] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova | 16 62 62
    10. [15] Cori Gauff def Angelique Kerber | 61 64
    11. Anhelina Kalinina def Madison Keys | 64 64
    12. Ajla Tomljanovic vs Camila Giorgi | 63 42 interrupted
Some Germans out and about again, Wagner in Spain, Papadakis, Barthel, the Mordergers and a new name, Kuparev, in Sweden. Lisicki and Herrmann in Florida, starting their main draw appearances tomorrow and Gabric in Croatia. // Wagner out in La Bispal d’Emporda/Spain in a tough one against Cavalle Reimers. Kuparev out and that Silvia Ambrosio through the qualifying in Varberg/Sweden. In Osijek/Croatia Anna Gabric with a solid performance in her two qualifying matches, winning the first by 61 60 and with her second opponent retiring at 63 40.
Anna Gabric
  • Rome, 10/5/22 [ → order of play ] Match of the day for me [10] Raducanu vs Andreescu. And I will have half an eye on this Elina Avanesyan, whom I never watched playing before. How will Martincova do against in-form Anisimova? […]
    Tereza Martincova
    1. Madison Brengle def Marta Kostyuk | 64 63
    2. Amanda Anisimova def Tereza Martincova | 62 06 64
    3. Lauren Davis def [11] Jelena Ostapenko | 62 63
    4. Jil Teichmann def Jasmine Paolini | 63 62
    5. Elena Rybakina def Elina Avanesyan | 64 760
    6. Ekaterina Alexandrova def Sloane Stephens | 61 62
    7. [13] Jessica Pegula def Liudmila Samsonova | 46 63 64
    8. Camilla Osorio Serrano def Lucia Bronzetti | 764 63
    9. [LL] Elena Gabriela Ruse def Shelby Rogers | 36 61 64
    10. Sara Sorribes Tormo def Nuria Parrizas Diaz | 61 43 ret
    11. Bianca Andreescu def [19] Emma Raducanu | 64 21 ret
    12. [9] Ons Jabeur def Sorana Cirstea | 60 761
Couldn’t find any German participation today in the ITF women’s singles department. Everybody out and about in Karlsruhe, where they start with R32 by skipping the qualifying procedure. Korpatsch, Seidel, Friedsam, Niemeier, Schunk, Lys, Siegemund, Maria… … …where are Gerlach, Hobgarski?? Hope they’re well. // Karlsruhe – Lys ties on her recent successes, conquering Gorgodze by 26 61 61. Siegemund out to [5] Udvardy, 36 26. // In Paris Haddad Maia ousts Saville by 75 673 764. Congrats!
Beatriz Haddad Maia

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  • Rome, 11/5/22 [ → order of play ] Always happy when the penny drops even at my very very old age. Of course the round of 64 has 24 matches and not, as I always thought, 32. The seeding system is based on the idea, that higher ranked players should meet each other not in the very beginning of a tournament. So what they do is giving them a ‘bye’, which means that they can skip the first round. And with eight of those ‘byes’ everything is going smoothely again. All sixteen R32 matches planned for today. Sometimes it’s getting a bit complicated, when they don’t manage to stick to the plan due to rain or darkness delays. As for this ‘taccuino’ I decided to leave everything as is even if they should need another day to complete the round. You always can follow the actual development via the known sources in the internet. // A real surprise the clear win of Martic over Kontaveit. Didn’t watch the match, will check it out later. Lots of piano students today, the results will be filled in asap. […]
    Elena Gabriela Ruse
    1. Amanda Anisimova def [12] Belinda Bencic | 765 61
    2. Petra Martic def [5] Anett Kontaveit | 62 63
    3. Jil Teichmann def [6] Karolina Pliskova | 62 46 64
    4. Elena Rybakina def Lauren Davis | 64 63
    5. [3] Aryna Sabalenka def Zhang Shuai | 62 60
    6. [16] Victoria Azarenka def Maria Camila Osorio Serrano | 62 64
    7. [15] Coco Gauff def Madison Brengle | 62 64
    8. [4] Maria Sakkari def Ekaterina Alexandrova | 63 62
    9. [13] Jessica Pegula def Anhelina Kalinina | walkover
    10. Bianca Andreescu def Nuria Parrizas Diaz | 63 764
    11. [1] Iga Swiatek def [LL] Elena Gabriela Ruse | 63 60
    12. [9] Ons Jabeur def Ajla Tomljanovic | 75 62
    13. Daria Kasatkina def Leylah Fernandez | 46 63 762
    14. Yulia Putintseva def [8] Garbine Muguruza | 36 764 61
    15. [7] Danielle Collins def Simona Halep | 761 63
    16. [2] Paula Badosa def Aliaksandra Sasnovich | 62 61
Karlsruhe – Friedsam against compatriot Seidel and Niemeier against Minella probably will run quite smoothely. More tricky the tasks for Schunk, who has to take on [8] Pera, Korpatsch having to run against [1] Van Uytvanck and Maria competing with dangerous Buzarnescu. Tayisiya Morderger, Mona Barthel, Silvia Ambrosio and [4] Lena Papadakis competing in Varberg/Sweden. And in Osijek/Croatia Anna Gabric will play her first round match against an #8 seeded nonflagian. // Korpatsch, Maria, Schunk and Seidel out in Karsruhe, Friedsam and Niemeier still standing. Gabric retires in Croatia at 24. Get-well wishes to her. Herrmann out and Lisicki through in Sarasota/Florida. In Sweden Morderger out and Barthel successful. Ambrosio and Papadakis scheduled for tomorrow.
Alison Van Uytvanck

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  • Rome, 12/5/22 [ → order of play ] Oh, how much I hope that Pegula can conquer Sabalenka. Same with Kasatkina vs Badosa, Anisimova vs Collins and Jabeur vs Putintseva. Quite obviously I am frenetically rooting for Igaaaaaa. Albeit I like (and expect) Sakkari to win I do very much hope that Coco Gauff at least can give the Greek a really tough nut to crack. As for Teichmann/Rybakina and Andreescu/Martic I’m generous. May the better player win. 😉 […]
    Petra Martic
    1. [3] Aryna Sabalenka def [13] Jessica Pegula | 61 64
    2. Jil Teichmann def Elena Rybakina | 673 63 75
    3. Bianca Andreescu def Petra Martic | 64 64
    4. [1] Iga Swiatek def [16] Victoria Azarenka | 63 61
    5. Amanda Anisimova def [7] Danielle Collins | 62 62
    6. [9] Ons Jabeur def Yulia Putintseva vs | 63 62
    7. [4] Maria Sakkari def [15] Coco Gauff | 64 75
    8. Daria Kasatkina def [2] Paula Badosa |64 64
So in Varberg they started the Papdakis and the Ambrosio matches yesterday and posponed them then at an early stage, quite likely for daylight reasons. As for the Mordergers sister Yana is still in the running, competing with an Ukrainian qualifier. Lisicki out and about in sunny Florida. In Karlsruhe Lys would have to eliminate Hon in order to secure a berth in the last eight. Same with Niemeier vs [8] Pera and Friedsam vs [1] Van Uytvanck. Fingers crossed! // Lys def Hon by 61 61. Niemeier out. Friedsam vs Van Uytvanck 762 675 10 suspended […]. In Varberg two matches (R32 and R16) for Papadakis and Ambrosio, both succesful in the first and out in the second round. Barthel and Morderger through. Sabine Lisicki def [4] Sofia Shapatava by 64 63.
Jule Niemeier

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  • Rome, 13/5/22 [ → order of play ] Each of todays four quarterfinal encounters easily could go either way. My sympathies go with Anisimova, Swiatek, Kasatkina and Jabeur. Let’s see how lucky a guy I will be at the end of the day, tennis-wise. // Some of the results will be given here not before 6:30 p.m. due to my obligations at the music school. […]
    Maria Sakkari
    1. [3] Aryna Sabalenka def Amanda Anisimova | 46 63 62
    2. [1] Iga Swiatek def Bianca Andreescu | 762 60
    3. [9] Ons Jabeur def [4] Maria Sakkari | 16 75 61
    4. Daria Kasatkina def Jil Teichmann | 64 32 ret
In Varberg/Sweden it’s Barthel vs [2] Helgo and Morderger (Yana) vs [1] Siskova. Sarasota/Florida will see Lisicki taking on [7] Krueger, while in Karlsruhe Friedsam will have to get over the finish line of her postponed round of 16 match against [2] Van Uytvanck first in order to reach a berth in the quarterfinals, where she would meet [7] Galfi. Lys will compete with [3] Bondar, who showed mighty impressive performances of late. // Barthel and Morderger out in Sweden. Bondar too strong for Lys. In Florida Lisicki retires at 674 22. Friedsam successful against Van Uytvanck (R16) in Karlsruhe and just now playing her quarterfinal match against Galfi. […]
Anna Bondar

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  • Rome, 14/5/22 [ → order of play ] Yes, Aryna, you can scream as crazily as you want, really excellent tennis is something else. Shaky, still victorious – Ons Jabeur. Dream final now.
    Daria Kasatkina
    1. [1] Iga Swiatek def [3] Aryna Sabalenka | 62 61
    2. [9] Ons Jabeur def Daria Kasatkina | 64 16 75
Last German standing this week is Anna-Lena Friedsam (yesterday I first mistyped her second name as ‘firedsam’), who will play her semifinal match in Karlsruhe today against [8] Bernarda Pera. […] // In Strasbourg/France the qualifying starts with [4] Hobgarski, [7] Papdakis and both Mordergers in the running. Wow, [1] Sasnovich is playing quali there as well! No surprise, that she is seeded as number one. // Strasbourg (Q1) – Papadakis def Salden by 62 75. Hobgarski def Ramirez by 60 62. Morderger Y def De Vroome by 62 64. Morderger T out to Makarova, 26 26. // Karlsruhe (SF) – Friedsam retires to Pera at 57 02.
Anna-Lena Friedsam

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  • Rome, 15/5/22 Being equally with both players. May the better Igaaaaa win. 😉 // And the dreamtime continues. Wonderful again to watch the superiority of that Polish 20yo. […]
    source: WTA-TV
    [1] Iga Swiatek def [9] Ons Jabeur | 62 62
Oops, in her Strasbourg Q2 match [7] Lena Papadakis has a certain [1] Aliaksandra Sasnovich on the other side of the net. Nothing to lose, a payed tennis lesson. [4] Katharina Hobgarski will take on Julie Gervais while Yana Morderger will face [6] Ekaterina Makarova jr. // All three Germans out in Strasbourg. Yet to win five games against a Sasnovich is kinda reportable. As done by impressing Lena Papadakis.
Julie Gervais

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