Lucia Bronzetti puts Wang under pressure at the WTA Palermo. Ritiro for Martina Trevisan

The Palermo WTA was having a decidedly bittersweet afternoon. Notable was Lucia Bronzetti’s strong performance, which helped her move to the second round (though, it must be acknowledged, she was assisted by a rather poor Xiyu Wang). She would likely come across Martina Trevisan, the top seed in the competition, who was scheduled to play Russian qualifier Elina Avanesyan, who was ranked 129 on the WTA, today evening. Unfortunately, the semifinalist from Roland Garros will not be able to play because of a back issue. Carolina Alves, a Brazilian lucky loser, will take her position.

THE MATCH – Bronzetti promptly got out to a fast start, twice stealing serves from her rival. Especially the 16-point third game, which Wang has three opportunities to finish but drops her serve once again, was fought hard. The Chinese entered the play gradually, but the Italian flew 3-0 and served. The huge chances arise in the eighth game, but the world number 94 swiftly recovers one of the two breaks behind and shortens to 2-3. Bronzetti receives a weak return on her serve, forcing her to face three break points, but the Chinese squanders each one with grave mistakes. All of the differences between the two players from the first set are present, with the Italian appearing to be more reliable during crucial situations. When Wang crashed her forehand on set point and the No. 78 seized a 5-3 lead in the following game, Bronzetti won the opening set 6-3 thanks to her mistakes.

The WTA scoreboard in Palermo.
The Chinese player gets off to a much stronger start in the second set, stealing her opponent’s service at 0 and quickly consolidating the break to take a 2-0 advantage. Bronzetti, on the other hand, is much more patient and usually always wins the point as soon as she can move her opponent. From a position of initial disadvantage, the Italian won three games in a row to take the lead while still profiting from a few too many errors by the WTA number 94. However, in brief interactions, Wang consistently tries to seize control of the conversation from the response at her height of 182 cm. The Chinese almost always scores the point when she can move, which causes pain for the Italian when she succeeds but keeps the score in her favor (4-3) The Taixing player, age 21, kept giving up a lot of points, particularly on the backhand side, and combined for a disaster in the eighth game when she lost her serve to zero. Bronzetti, encouraged by the positive energy of the fans, successfully defends the quarterfinals she won the previous year by winning the match 6-3 6-3 despite not being the clear favorite at the outset. With Wang missing his backhand once more, the match point is the ideal summary of the entire contest.

In preparation for the Palermo 2022 WTA is Martina Trevisan (photo: WTA Palermo press office)
TREVISAN WITHDRAWS – Martina Trevisan will not play against Lucia Bronzetti in the second round, as was previously indicated. The world number 24 has been practicing consistently since Sunday and even attended the pre-tournament press conference and yesterday’s side event, so she is obliged to make a surprise stop. Instead, interest is still high for tonight at 8 pm’s tricolor brawl between Sara Errani and Elisabetta Cocciaretto.

Trevisan’s spot in the main draw will be taken by 170th-ranked Brazilian lucky loser Carolina Alves. In the first round, she will compete against Russian Elina Avanesyan, a contest that was previously held in the most recent qualifying round (Russian won 6-3 7-5). Whoever prevails will go up against Lucia Bronzetti, who has a good chance of repeating the quarterfinal matchup that took place here last year. The Alves/Pereira – Detiuc/Kania-Chodun doubles match, which was initially planned as the final match on court 2, has been moved to Wednesday.