Sara Sorribes of Spain defeated Ana Bogdan of Romania in the WTA Palermo (Italy) match with scores of 6-2, 4-6, and 2-6. She is making progress following the rib injury she sustained at the Rome event.
Both women broke each other’s serves in the first game of the first set, but things got tough for the woman from Castellón, who is ranked number 41 in the world, as she continued to lose her service to the Romanian, who is ranked number 110 in the WTA rankings.
At the beginning of the second set, Sorribes, 25, offered very little resistance to Bogdan, 29, who was playing the game, but the Spaniard was able to respond in time to get back into the match.
The match resumed after a break during which Sorribes sought medical assistance so she could continue, and the Spaniard continued to dominate until she broke Bogdan’s serve and demanded a third set.
The Spaniard had an early lead in the third set, leading 0-3, but Bogdan was able to rally and close the gap by breaking Sorribes’ serve to 2-3. The tennis player from Romania started to feel uncomfortable at that time and needed medical attention.
Sorribes had no issues getting rid of her to win the bout after touching Bogdan. After missing Roland Garros due to a rib injury she sustained at the Rome event, Sara Sorribes boosts her joy with her triumph.
In the round of 32, Sorribes will compete against the winner of the contest between Ylena In-Albon of Switzerland and Leolia Jeanjean of France, and she will attempt to improve upon her best performances from this year, which both involved reaching the quarterfinals in Madrid and Lausanne (Switzerland).
Bassols and Masarov defeats However, Marina Bassols and Rebeka Masarova lost this Monday in Palermo on their debut. Irina Begu of Romania defeated Bassols 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, and Masarova fell to Shuai Zhang of China 7-6 (3), 7-6 in two tiebreaks (3).
The opening set of Bassols began evenly, but halfway through the match, world No. 45 Begu cranked up the tempo and broke the Spaniard’s serve. The WTA ranking’s 211st-ranked Bassols was unable to match the ferocity and dropped the set.
In the second set, Marina Bassols, 22, responded, broke serve, and placed Irina Begu, 31, on the defensive. Begu attempted to fend off the Spanish player’s assault but was unsuccessful.
In the third set, Bassols had the upper hand in the opening half, but Begu came back to win. Marina Bassols’ losing trend in WTA competitions this year, where she has never made it past the first round, is highlighted by her setback. In the round of 16, Irina Begu will compete against Oceane Dodin of France.