Garbine Muguruza got the better of the most interesting second round of the WTA in Doha. The Spanish tennis player eliminated her opponent in the first set and then wasted the clear advantage gained in the second. After Aryna Sabalenka's tie-break in the second set, Muguruza put aside the ghosts of the match played at the Australian Open against Naomi Osaka and bent the Belarusian without suffering.
Angelique Kerber fell short of expectations and lost to an excellent Anett Kontaveit in less than an hour. No problem for Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina, who respectively defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Misaki Doi in two sets.
Despite the 6-4, 6-2, Victoria Azarenka had to fight more than expected against Laura Siegemund, but she finished the match with great personality in almost two hours.
Men's in Rotterdam
At the ATP in Rotterdam all easy, however, for David Goffin.
After the tournament he won in Montpellier last week, the Belgian defeated Jan-Lennard Struff neatly on his debut. It lasts only one set Andy Murray against Andrey Rublev. The former world number one played top-notch tennis in the first set, but gave up on 5-5 by committing a painful double foul.
In the second set, the Russian imposed his pace on the match and comfortably finished 6-2. Dusan Lajovic. The Serbian took advantage of the nervousness of Daniil Medvedev, who repeatedly complained to the corner of him, and eliminated the number one seed.
In both sets, Medvedev took a break advantage and then lost the serve in an anomalous way. The match ended with the score of 7-6 (4), 6-4 and the three double fouls hit by the Russian in the ninth game of the third set can be considered the manifesto of his negative performance di lui.
Medvedev thus loses the chance to overtake Rafael Nadal in the standings and reach the second position of the ATP ranking. Alexander Bublik managed to win his first round match against Alexander Zverev. The Kazakh player started the game by immediately losing his serve and missing some easy shots, but then raised his head and made his unpredictable tennis effective.
Bublik recovered the break from behind in the eighth game of the first set and closed the set at 7-5 with a smash. In the second set, Zverev found himself in an instant on 3-1 and serve, but at the very best moment the light went out and he literally lost control of his shots of him.
The German lost five games in a row and the match with the final score of 7-5, 6-3. Another important victory arrives for Kei Nishikori. The Japanese beat Alex de Minaur in three sets and won the second game of his 2021. Nothing to do for Lorenzo Sonego.
The Italian played a bad game and did not affect the key moments. After immediately recovering the break immediately in the first game, Sonego wasted three consecutive break points in the fourth game of the first set and then lost the serve at 4-3.
Tommy Paul didn't miss the chance and didn't lose a single point in the last game of the set. The second set seems to take on the same appearance as the first, but the two players, this time, reach the tie-break. A tie-break full of emotions, which Sonego threw to the wind by hitting a very long backhand on the set point in favor. Paul close the tie-break at 9-7.