She had stopped with the victory on the hard-courts in Dubai, but she started moving again with the victory on the clay-courts of Prague. Simona Halep, who obviously needed to degrease the gears between the first and second rounds, despite the circumstances managed to respect the times and the ways of the script and to add the twenty-first pearl to the series of career titles.
The number eight on clay-courts. Nothing to do for Elise Mertens, who of the previous four had curiously won the most significant in Doha last season, not very lucid in the most important moments of the challenge. In reality, the number one in seeding remedies a false start in the inaugural stage and establishes the most obvious hierarchies with a mega-run of 6-0.
And even if he does not take advantage of a break advantage on two occasions in the second, he manages to maintain extremely high standards in response and to land the decisive shoulder at the foot of the jeu decifis. It actually ends 6-2 7-5.
We have to recall that both players appear on the entry list of the New York Slam (and of the Western and Southern Open WTA Premier which will also be played in the Flushing Meadows bubble) but that both have not yet made a final decision.
Halep at the Us Open would lead the seeding (given the already announced forfeit of Ashleigh Barty), Mertens would instead defend the success in the doubles draw together with Aryna Sabalenka.
In Lexington the surprise Brady wins the title
The restart tournament in the States goes on file with an absolutely new and unexpected victory, that of Jennifer Brady.
The 25-year-old native of Harrisburg - who at most had reached the semifinals in Hong Kong, Nottingham and Dubai between 2017 and 2019 - achieves the maximum result in the first final of her career. Little to do for Jil Teichmann, champion last year in Palermo, capable of becoming dangerous in response only in the first set.
The final 6-3 6-4 is somewhat a manifesto Novak Djokovic will play the US Open This is Nole's announcement on social media: "I am very happy to announce that I will be at the start of the Cincinnati Masters and the US Open - we read -.
It was not a simple decision, with so many obstacles and challenges to overcome on all sides. but the prospect of returning to compete makes me very happy. I can't wait to play." Djokovic had ended up in the eye of the storm at the beginning of the summer after having tested positive at Covid together with his wife and other tennis players (including Dimitrov and Coric), all protagonists of the Adria Tour, a tournament organized by the number 1 in the world in which the security protocols had not been respected, also due to the rather soft restrictions in place in host states such as Serbia and Croatia.