Palermo Open: Jil Teichmann makes a successful return; Liudmila Samsonova upset

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Palermo Open: Jil Teichmann makes a successful return; Liudmila Samsonova upset

Jil Teichmann reached the second round of the Palermo Open on Monday. The third-seeded Swiss came from a set down to defeat Spanish qualifier Marina Bassols Ribera 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in two hours and four minutes. Teichmann, who won the 2019 edition of the Palermo Open, now awaits either Mandy Minella or Romanian qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse in the second round.

Sixth seed Oceane Dodin of France also advanced to the second round. Dodin won against Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru 6-3, 6-2. In the second round, Dodin will play Vitalia Diatchenko. The Russian beat Austrian Julia Grabher 6-3, 7-6(5).

Diatchenko’s compatriot, Natalia Vikhlyantseva also took her place in the second round with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Switzerland’s Leonie Kung. The 180th-ranked Vikhlyantseva saved six of the seven break points she faced while converting four of the 11 break points, she had on Kung’s serve.

In the second round, she’ll play either Italian wildcard Lucrezia Stefanini or seventh-seeded Australian Astra Sharma.

Palermo Open: Qinwen Zheng stuns Liudmila Samsonova

Meanwhile, American Grace Min was the first to advance to the round-of-16 in the Italian city.

Min defeated Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 12 minutes. For a place in the quarter-finals, Min will either play fifth seed Viktoria Tomova of Bulgaria or Italian wildcard Lucia Bronzetti. Bronzetti’s fellow countrywoman, Giulia Gatto-Monticone, however, failed to make it past the first round.

Australian Maddison Inglis defeated Gatto-Monticone 6-2, 6-3 in their opener. In the second round, Inglis will play either top seed Danielle Collins or German qualifier, Katharina Gerlach. Romanian Jaqueline Cristian also came through to the second round with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Italian wildcard Nuria Brancaccio.

For a place in the last eight, she will play the Chinese qualifier, Qinwen Zheng. Zheng ranked 171st in the world, scored the first top-100 win of her career at the Palermo Open by ousting second seed Liudmila Samsonova 6-3, 6-2 in the first round.

The teenager, who’s playing in the main draw of a WTA tournament for the first time in her career, needed an hour and 33 minutes to beat the Russian. She converted four of the seven break points, she had on Samsonova’s serve while saving all but one of the 10 break points, she faced in the match.