Hungarian Grand Prix: Yulia Putintseva escapes seeds' exodus, reaches 2R



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Hungarian Grand Prix: Yulia Putintseva escapes seeds' exodus, reaches 2R

Yulia Putintseva, the top-seed at the Hungarian Grand Prix, advanced to the second round on Monday. The Kazakh defeated Georgian qualifier Ekaterina Gorgodze 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 35 minutes. Putintseva won 67% of her first-serve points and 47% second-serve points.

Gorgodze, on the other hand, won 56% of her first-serve points and 33% of her second-serve points. Putintseva was broken twice in the match but went on to break her opponent five times to make it through in straight sets. In the second round, the world no.

43 will play Ana Konjuh. Konjuh got past qualifier Tereza Mrdeza in their first-round Croatian derby. Konjuh took two hours and 11 minutes and came from a set down to beat the 220th-ranked Mrdeza 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Konjuh saved five of the 10 break points she faced and converted seven of the 16 break points she had.

Konjuh was utterly dominant in the deciding set in which she didn’t face a single break point and broke her opponent twice. The world no. 120 won 91 points to her opponent’s 75 for the match. Kateryna Kozlova reached the second round with a 7-6(9), 6-3 win over Austria’s Barbara Haas.

The Ukrainian needed two hours and four minutes to complete the win. In the next round, Kozlova will play either Varvara Lepchenko or fifth seed Ana Bogdan.

Hungarian Grand Prix: Upsetting start for some

The three other seeded players who began their campaign in Budapest on Monday crashed out in the first round.

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova ousted fourth seed Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3, 6-4 in their opening-round clash. The Slovakian needed an hour and 25 minutes to wrap up the win. In the second round, Schmiedlova will play either Aliona Bolsova or Hungarian wildcard Dalma Galfi.

Argentinian qualifier Paula Ormaechea upset seventh seed Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria in their round-of-32 clash. Ormaechea pocketed the win 6-2, 6-3 after an hour and 28 minutes of play. Either Serbian Ivana Jorovic or Romanian qualifier Jaqueline Cristian will be Ormaechea’s second-round opponent.

Monday’s final upset at the Hungarian Grand Prix came courtesy of Romanian Irina Bara. Bara beat eighth seed Sara Errani 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in two hours and 36 minutes. She will take on either Tamara Korpatsch or Serbian qualifier Olga Danilovic for a place in the pre-quarter-finals.