Veronika Kudermetova defeated Victoria Azarenka in the first round of the Adelaide International 2 on Tuesday. The sixth seed came from a set down to claim a 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 victory in a match that was just two minutes from three hours.
Kudermetova faced 10 break points, all of which came in the first set, and saved all but three. In the second set, neither player lost serve, leading to a tiebreaker deciding their result.
In the last two sets, Kudermetova won 84% and 80% of first serve points, respectively. In the second round, Kudermetova will play Ekaterina Alexandrova.
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The other seed who played her first round match on Tuesday, ninth seed Paula Badosa also advanced to the second round.
The Spaniard defeated Estonian Anett Kontaveit, 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 14 minutes in the afternoon. Badosa saved two of the three break points she faced and converted four of seven break points on Kontaveit’s serve. Badosa won 77% of her first-serve points, 72% of her second-serve points and 74% of Kontaveit’s second-serve return points.
Next up for Badosa is Kontaveit’s compatriot Kaia Kanepi. Entering the main draw as a lucky loser, Kanepi bested Australian wild card Storm Hunter in their first round match. Kanepi needed 72 minutes to win 6-2, 6-2.
Barbora Krejcikova outpointed Alison Riske-Amritraj in their first round match. The Czech defeated last year’s defending runner-up American 6-2, 7-6(3) in two hours and three minutes. The 2021 French Open champion will take on Daria Kasatkina next.
Kasatkina, who is seeded fifth, is the second-highest seed in this week’s draw. Krejcikova’s fellow Czech and doubles partner Katerina Siniakova also reached the second round. Siniakova edged out Anastasia Potapova 6-1, 1-0 before the latter retired in the match.
Siniakova will play fourth-seeded Caroline Garcia, who is the number one seed at the Adelaide International 2.