Jelena Ostapenko began her Luxembourg Open campaign on Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-2 win over German qualifier Jule Niemeier. The Latvian completed the match in exactly an hour’s time. Ostapenko was broken twice in the match but went on to break her opponent’s serve a total of six times.
The tournament third seed with finished with 60 points to Niemeier’s 36 for the match. In the second round, Ostapenko will play Dutch qualifier Arianne Hartono. Hartono, ranked 300 in the world, faced a stiff challenge against German wildcard, Anna-Lena Friedsam.
However, the 25-year-old came through 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(4) after two hours and 39 minutes of play. Mandy Minella, who’s playing at home for the last time in her career, reached the second round at Luxembourg for the first time.
Minella defeated Russian Varvara Gracheva 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 35 minutes. The 35-year-old, who received a wildcard for the 2021 edition of the tournament is playing it for the 12th time in her career. The world no. 169 is set to retire this season.
Meanwhile, looking to reach her first-ever quarter-final, Minella will take on eighth seed, Alize Cornet.
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Greet Minnen and Nuria Parrizas Dias played a slugfest in their opening-round clash before the Belgian advanced, prevailing over the Spaniard 7-6(4), 6-7(1), 7-6(2) in three hours and 12 minutes.
In the second round, Minnen will take on either sixth seed Shuai Zhang or Marie Bouzkova. Zarina Diyas defeated Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-0, 1-6, 6-4 to reach the second round. The Kazakh needed two hours and 10 minutes to claim victory.
She’ll play top-seed Belinda Bencic in the second round. Bencic and the second seed, Elise Mertens received a first-round bye in the event. The latter will take on Lesia Tsurenko for a place in the quarter-finals. The Ukrainian defeated Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-5, 7-6(6) in the first round.
Fifth seed Marketa Vondrousova rounded off the list of winners at the Luxembourg Open on Tuesday. The Czech defeated Alison Van Uytvanck 6-2, 6-3 in an hour and 13 minutes in their opener. For a place in the last eight, Vondrousova will play fellow Czech, Jana Fett.