Yarra Valley Classic: Tsvetana Pironkova ousts Donna Vekic in second round



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Yarra Valley Classic: Tsvetana Pironkova ousts Donna Vekic in second round

Vera Zvonareva defeated Kristyna Pliskova in the first round of the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne on Monday. The Russian needed three sets to defeat the Czech southpaw 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3. In the round-of-32, the former world no.

2 will play 10th seed Shuai Zhang of China. Zvonareva’s countrywoman Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also reached the second round albeit with a much straightforward score-line. The 11th seed claimed a straight-sets win over Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-1, 6-4.

Pavlyuchenkova will play Latvian Anastasija Sevastova in the second round. Camila Giorgi of Italy set up a second-round clash against second seed Sofia Kenin. The Italian defeated France’s Clara Burel in the opening round 6-4, 6-3.

Yarra Valley Classic: Belgians have it easy

Croatians Petra Martic and Donna Vekic had contrasting results in their respective second-round matches. Martic overcame a slow start and Belarus’ Vera Lapko to reach the third round.

The seventh seed won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and will next play either Shelby Rogers or Rebecca Peterson. The ninth-seeded Vekic, however, fell to Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in their round-of-32 meeting. Pironkova dropped the opening set 1-6 but made a swifter turnaround to pocket the match 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Following this win, Pironkova widened her head-to-head against Vekic to 5-0. In the third round, Pironkova will face either Daria Gavrilova or fifth seed Serena Williams. Argentina’s Nadia Podorska defeated Briton Francesca Jones in the first round.

The 2020 French Open semi-finalist won in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 against the resilient Jones. The 14th seed will play Belgian Greet Minnen in the second round. Minnen won the first match of the day against Serbian Olga Danilovic, 6-4, 6-4.

Another Serbian, Nina Stojanovic, also crashed out from the tournament. American Danielle Collins ended Stojanovic’s journey in the second round with a 6-2, 6-1 win. Collins awaits either third seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic or Elisabetta Cocciaretto of Italy next.

Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium also booked her place in the second round of the Yarra Valley Classic. Van Uytvanck defeated Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei 6-2, 6-0, and will next play the sixth-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.