On Tuesday, Yulia Putintseva took the lead at the Palermo Ladies Open and never looked back. Within an hour and fifteen minutes, the Kazakh had dispatched of Australian lucky loser Jaimee Fourlis 6-3, 6-1. Putintseva won nearly 76% of her first-serve points, while Fourlis won 38%. Despite losing both of her break-point opportunities, Putintseva won the match easily thanks to her ability to break her opponent’s serve six times.
Putintseva will face Diane Parry in the second round. It took the Frenchwoman an hour and 46 minutes to defeat the American Lauren Davis 7-6(5), 6-2 in the first set. Caroline Garcia, the fifth seed, came back strongly to beat Chloe Paquet, a fellow Frenchwoman, in their first-round match.
Garcia’s 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-2 victory took two hours and twelve minutes.
Caroline Garcia fights hard at the Palermo Ladies Open
After being broken by Paquet in the sixth game of the first set, Garcia went on to break serve twice more in the eighth and ninth games to take a 5-3 lead and set point in the ninth game.
While Paquet’s serve was broken to love in the 10th game, no further breaks occurred. Paquet won the set on a tiebreak and now leads the match. In the final two sets, however, Garcia made sure she didn’t make a mistake that would give her opponent a chance to get back into the match.
Garcia will face Elisabetta Cocciaretto in the next round as she attempts to advance to the quarterfinals. Cocciaretto defeated Sara Errani, her rival in Italy, 6-1, 6-0 in just 57 minutes. On Tuesday, the Italians had a mixed day at their home competition. In the first round, the Hungarian Panna Udvardy defeated the Italian Lucrezia Stefanini 6-1, 7-6(4).
But Lucia Bronzetti won her first match, 6-3, 6-3, against Xiyu Wang of China. As a final note, Martina Trevisan’s back injury necessitated her withdrawal from the competition. Meanwhile, Brazil’s Carolina Alves, who took Trevisan’s place as the lucky loser, fell to Armenia’s Elina Avanesyan in their first match.
Avanesyan prevailed 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 after two hours and five minutes of play. Udvardy’s upcoming opponent is the No. 7 seed, Anna Bondar. Bondar advanced past Clara Burel of France with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the first round. To advance to the quarterfinals, Bronzetti will face Avanesyan.
Finally, at the Palermo Ladies Open, a second-round matchup between eighth-seeded Nuria Parrizas Diaz and fifteenth-seeded Julie Grabher has been set. The Spanish player triumphed in three sets against Asia Muhammad (4-6, 7-5, 7-5), and the Austrian triumphed over Xinyu Wang (6-3, 6-3).