Sabalenka Overtakes Paolini And Advances The Second Round In Linz


LINZ, Austria (AP) – Aryna Sabalenka overcame a slow start to defeat Jasmine Paolini 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Upper Austria Ladies Linz, the final tournament of the season.

First-seeded Sabalenka was down 4-1 in the first set before taking the next five games.

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Both players exchanged break points midway through the second set before Sabalenka broke 94th in the standings for the fourth time and made the set 4-4 and served for the match in the next game.

Sabalenka, 11th in the world standings, has won 10 of his last 12 games, which includes the Strasbourg semi-final in September and his eighth career title in October in Ostrava.

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In other first round matches, 2018 champion Camila Giorgi edged Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in two hours and 38 minutes.

Giorgi, who conceded a 4-1 lead in the second set, had nine double faults in the match.

Also, world number two Vera Zvonareva easily beat Marta Kostyuk 6-4, 6-2; while Sorana Cirstea, Arantxa Rus, Jana Frett and Barbora Krejcikova also advanced.

Fans were not allowed into the arena as Austria tightened anti-coronavirus measures last week.

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