Poland Open: Caroline Garcia through to pre-quarter-finals

Laura Pigossi, Viktorija Golubic, Nadia Podoroska & Katerina Siniakova also won their openers

by Abbey Johnson
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Poland Open: Caroline Garcia through to pre-quarter-finals

Fifth seed Caroline Garcia advanced to the round-of-16 at the Poland Open on Monday. Garcia won her round-of-32 clash against Misaki Doi, 7-5, 6-4 in an hour and 56 minutes. Garcia won 74% of her first-serve points to the Japanese's 64%.

She also saved six of the eight break points she faced while converting four of the nine break points she had on Doi's serve. Garcia now awaits either Elisabetta Cocciaretto of Italy or Polish wildcard, Martyna Kubka.

Poland Open: Maja Chwalinska raises home hopes

Another Pole, wildcard Maja Chwalinska also advanced to the second round.

The 162nd ranked Chwalinska won 7-5, 6-2 against Spanish qualifier Rebeka Masarova after an hour and 44 minutes of play. Chwalinska won 56% of her first-serve points to her opponent's 52% and 52% other second-serve points to the latter's 44%.

She converted six of the 13 break points that came her way and conceded her serve thrice across the match. Next up for Chwalinska will either be Croatian eighth seed Petra Martic or fellow Pole, in wildcard Weronika Falkowska.

Brazilian lucky loser Laura Pigossi moved into the second round after ousting ninth seed Varvara Gracheva in their first-round clash. Pigossi who entered the main draw following the withdrawal of Irina-Camelia Begu who won the title last week in Palermo needed an hour and 58 minutes to clinch a 6-2, 6-4 victory.

Pigossi will next play Argentina's Nadia Podoroska. The former French Open semi-finalist beat Romanian qualifier Alexanda Cadantu-Ignatik 6-1, 6-1 in their first-round match. Podoroska won 87% of her first-serve points and 77% points on return on Cadantu-Ignatik's second serve.

She didn’t face a single break point and converted five of the six break points she had on her opponent’s serve. Katerina Siniakova won a Czech derby against qualifier Jesika Maleckova to reach the second round.

Siniakova prevailed 6-2, 6-4 and could play either seventh seed Nuria Parrizas Diaz or Ana Bogdan next. Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic took her place in the second round after notching a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 win over Dutch qualifier Ariane Hartono.

For a place in the quarter-finals of the Poland Open, Golubic will play either Kristina Mladenovic or eighth seed, Anna Bondar.
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