WTA Budapest: Potapova edges Watson. Petkovic, Krunic and Parmentier win


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WTA Budapest: Potapova edges Watson. Petkovic, Krunic and Parmentier win

The 3rd seed Pauline Parmentier is through to the second round in Budapest after a 7-5 6-3, win over a former world no. 20 Ana Konjuh in an hour and 16 minutes. The young Croat has been struggling with injuries and she is trying to make a comeback from outside the top-500, playing well in the opening set before losing the ground in the rest of the encounter to hit the exit door.

Ana served at only 43% and that would never be enough for a more favorable result, suffering three breaks and wasting all five break points she created on the return to push Parmentier over the top. They stayed neck and neck in the opening ten games before Pauline broke at love to move 6-5 up, saving three break points in the 12th game to close the opening set.

She broke Konjuh twice in set number two at 2-2 and 5-3, sealing the deal to reach the last 16 and saving energy for a more challenging opponent. Arantxa Rus needed an hour and 41 minutes to dismiss Fiona Ferro 7-5, 6-3, fending off five out of seven break points and winning half of the return points for five breaks from nine chances earned on the return.

The first set lasted for an hour and Rus won it after saving a set point at 4-5, winning the last three games and never looking back in set number two to join Parmentier in the second round. The 6th seed Andrea Petkovic made a perfect start, ousting Ana Bogdan 6-1 6-0 in 57 minutes after a dominant performance on both the serve and return.

Andrea did lose serve once but she won 66% of the return points to grab the last eight games of the match and move into the next round, hoping for more of the same in the rest of the tournament. The young Russian Anastasia Potapova prevailed against Heather Watson 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 in two hours and 16 minutes despite winning four points less than her rival who dominated in set number two.

They both struggled to find the first serve end we saw 18 break points and 17 double faults, with Watson serving for the win at 5-3 in the decider before all kind of drama and the deciding tie break that the Russian won 7-4 to cross the finish line first.