Storm Sanders has matched her best WTA result of her career with a first-round victory at the WTA event in Hua Hin. The Australian took out Norway’s Ulrikke Eikeri in two convincing sets 6-3, 6-4. She was also glad about the fact that she did not have to take on another local hope after her match with Peangtarn Plipuech.
“It was a good match, tough conditions, but it was good to see a lot of people out there supporting both players,” she told the WTA website. “Having the two matches under my belt was really helpful but I was really happy to play just two sets today.
It was also a bit cooler, playing a bit later today and I was really clear with my game,” she added. Sanders is set to face the winner of the match between world No.4 Elina Svitolina and Bibiane Schoofs. Though the next match promises to be a tricky and tough one, Sanders feels confident about her preparation for the match.
“I’ve played a lot of matches out here already and had a lot of court time so I’m feeling good and looking forward to a tough match next round,” Sanders said. Sanders’ countrywomen Arina Rodionova and fellow qualifier Ellen Perez both crashed out in Hua Hin after straight-sets losses in the opening round.
Rodionova lost to Japanese Nao Hibino in two closely contested sets 7-6(5), 7-5, while Perez fell to China’s Xiaodi You 7-6(4), 6-2.