The top two seeds at the Luxembourg Open began their campaign on a winning note. Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic, the top seed, comprehensively won her opening-round clash against Zarina Diyas 6-3, 6-1 in just 61 minutes.
Bencic won 88% of her first-serve points to the Kazakh’s 50%. In terms of second-serve points won, the 2020 Tokyo Games’ champion won 46% points to her opponent’s 41%. Bencic lost her serve only once in the tournament but broke her opponent five times.
Bencic finished the match with more than 20 points than her opponent – 56 to the latter’s 35. In the quarter-finals, Bencic will play seventh seed, Liudmila Samsonova. Elise Mertens, the second seed, had to take a tougher path to victory in her opening-round clash against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
The Belgian dropped the opening set but posted a comeback win after two hours and 17 minutes, prevailing 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the end. Mertens won 57% of her first-serve points to the Belarusian’s 52%. She also did slightly better than her rival in terms of points won off second serves – 47% to Sasnovich’s 45%.
The match featured multiple break point opportunities, with Mertens securing seven service breaks to Sasnovich’s six. The 16th-ranked Mertens finished the match with 98 points, seven more than Sasnovich’s 91. For a spot in the semi-finals, Mertens will take on fifth seed Marketa Vondrousova.
Luxembourg Open: Marie Bouzkova plays spoilsport
Marie Bouzkova ended the run of Greet Minnen in their second-round clash. The Czech won 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and 15 minutes. Bouzkova converted four of the six break points on Minnen’s serve while saving all six break points, she faced.
Bouzkova won 61 points in the match to the Belgian’s 41. Bouzkova will take on Clara Tauson for a semi-final berth. Third seed Jelena Ostapenko completed the last-eight line-up at the Luxembourg Open. The Latvian stopped Dutch qualifier Arianne Hartono 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in an hour and 46 minutes in their second-round match. Ostapenko will play eighth seed Alize Cornet in the quarters.