Italy’s tennis team had a sad day on Palermo’s red course. Although Lucia Bronzetti’s victory over Xiyu Wang was undeniable, the fact that top seed Martina Trevisan, who was supposed to make her debut against Elina Avanesyan of Russia, had to pull out of the match adds an extra layer of intrigue to an already intriguing section of the draw.
It was only a few hours before the match that the lucky loser Carolina Alves replaced the Tuscan tennis player, a Roland Garros semifinalist and a seasoned pro at the bad break on the grass. We were praising Bronzetti’s parallel performance against an opponent who was no pushover.
After getting off to a great start, the Italian tennis player managed to rein in a moment of complacency in the middle of the first set, and by the time it was 5-3, she was taking full advantage of the Chinese tennis player’s many miscues, particularly her very sloppy backhand. The second set was visually (but not substantively) different, with Wang coming back from a 2-0 deficit to win just one of the final seven games.
The match ending in a 6-3, 6-3 scoreline is almost inevitable. The victor of Avanesyan and Alves’s match is the opponent that Bronzetti will face in the second round. The exciting matchup between Sara Errani and Elisabetta Cocciaretto is scheduled for today.
Thiem keeps on winning: he beat Delbonis in the second round.
Dominic Thiem advances past the first round in both Bastad and Gstaad, where he played after losing in the quarterfinals in Bastad. After starting the year 0–6 on the major circuit, the twenty-twentieth edition Us Open champion recovers from a rough first set to beat Hugo Gaston in the Swiss “premiere” on the third set tie break.
The Austrian tennis player faced a difficult test in the form of Federico Delbonis in the second round. It was a breeze for the Argentine specialist against Mikael Ymer; the only real challenge came at the start of the second set’s tie break; the final score of 6-4, 7-5 says it all.
Not much else to report; top seed Matteo Berrettini plays Richard Gasquet tomorrow. All images courtesy of Getty Images