This past Thursday, at the Palermo Ladies Open, Diane Parry stunned the No. 2 seed, Yulia Putintseva. In one hour and 29 minutes, the Frenchwoman prevailed 6-3, 6-4. Parry had a 71% first-serve win percentage compared to 56% for Putintseva, and a 65% second-serve win percentage compared to 53% for the latter.
She was able to save three of the four break points she was given and capitalize on three of the five break point opportunities she was given against Putintseva’s serve. Parry will face Irina-Camelia Begu in the quarterfinals. The Romanian player, seeded sixth, advanced to the second round with a win on Wednesday.
Similarly, Caroline Garcia, the fifth seed from France, and Elisabetta Cocciaretto, the second seed from Italy, got into a fight in the second round. Garcia came back from a 6-0, 6-0 deficit in the first set to win in just under two hours, 3-6, 6-4.
After a long match, Caroline Garcia prevails over Elisabetta Cocciretto to win the Palermo Ladies Open.
Cocciaretto won 90% of her first-serve points, while Garcia only won 33% of hers in the first set. Cocciaretto also had a 78 percent success rate when returning Garcia’s second serve, while Garcia’s second serve won about 67 percent of the points played.
While her opponent never reached a break point, she broke her three times. Garcia didn’t lose her serve at all in the final two sets, facing zero break points in the deciding set and fending off six in the second, while breaking Cocciaretto twice.
Garcia’s character, Lucia Bronzetti, is also Italian and she’ll be playing her in the basement. In 69 minutes, Bronzetti won 6-1, 6-3 over Elina Avanesyan in their second-round match. The eighth seed in the Palermo Ladies Open, Nuria Parrizas Diaz, also reached the quarterfinals.
In an hour and 24 minutes, Parrizas Diaz prevailed over Austria’s Julie Grabher 6-2, 6-4. The Spaniard won six of seven break points she faced against Grabher’s serve. She will face Jasmine Paolini in a match for a spot in the semifinals.
Two Italians, Paolini and Bronzetti, are still alive in the competition. Photo by: Twitter Palermo Ladies Open