Marketa Vondrousova has examined optimistic for coronavirus and won’t play within the J&T Banka Ostrava Open, which begins tomorrow, Monday.
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“I’m dissatisfied, however there’s nothing I can do. I really feel fairly good, so hopefully it should keep that method,” she mentioned in a press release.
The 21-year-old from the Czech Republic was amongst a variety of crowd house favourites on the occasion, alongside high seeds Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova.
Vondrousova, the World No 20 and 2019 Roland Garros finalist, reached the semi-finals in Rome, however was ousted within the first spherical of Roland Garros by eventual champion Iga Swiatek.
Her spot within the Ostrava draw has been crammed by fellow Czech Barbora Strycova.
Different gamers who’ve withdrawn from the occasion embody Petra Kvitova, Johanna Konta and Angelique Kerber, together with Sloane Stephens from qualifying, all due to damage or scheduling issues.
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Gauff wins wildcard battle
Wildcard Coco Gauff dropped only one sport in her opening match to maneuver into the second spherical of qualifying for the principle attract Ostrava on Saturday.
Taking part in in her first match because the French Open, the American teenager is the No.3 seed within the new Premier-level match’s qualifying draw and wanted simply 53 minutes to see off fellow wildcard Jana Cepalova, serving up 3 aces and breaking her opponent 5 occasions en path to a dominant 6-1 6-0 victory.
Additionally in motion, high seed Veronika Kudermetova additionally took a step nearer to the principle draw after a hard-fought straight units victory over Stefanie Voegele, 7-6(5) 6-3.
The Russian edged by way of a good opening set selected the narrowest of margins: with no breaks of serve throughout the primary 12 video games, and claimed the one mini-break of the tiebreak to take the set earlier than closing out the match,
No 2 seed Marie Bouzkova wrapped up first spherical motion with a stable straight units victory over Kataryna Zavatska, 6-3 6-2.
The Czech stayed aggressive on the return of serve, breaking Zavatska 5 occasions en path to victory after an hour and 44 minutes.
Different qualifying seeds moved into the second and last spherical searching for a spot within the Ostrava important draw, together with straight units wins from No 4 Jil Teichmann, No 5 Anna Blinkova and No 7 Paula Badosa.
Teichmann, who reached the ultimate in Lexington earlier within the 12 months, moved previous Anna-Lena Friedsam, 7-5 6-3, whereas Blinkova fought previous Tamara Zidansek, 7-6(5) 6-4 and Badosa took down Sorana Cirsta, 6-3 6-3 to advance.
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Essential draw preview
The J&T Banka Ostrava Open, which is new to the WTA calendar, has obtained an official exemption which permits the match go forward as deliberate regardless of new COVID-19 restrictions within the Czech Republic.
Amidst COVID-19 the match was rapidly organized so WTA gamers had not less than yet another alternative to play in 2020, with a number of tournaments cancelled all through the season because of the pandemic.
The sector getting used to carry the match has held many Fed Cup ties, lately renamed the Billie Jean King Trophy, for the Czech Republic ties in recent times.
An indoor arduous court docket occasion at Premier stage providing $528,500 in prize cash, there was a number of withdrawals with Grand Slam champions, together with Kvitova, Garbiñe Muguruza, Angelique Kerber and Sofia Kenin all pulling out, though the draw remains to be stacked with notable names.
Elina Svitolina and former World No 1 Karolina Pliskova are the Prime seeds, with US Open finalist and 4th seed Victoria Azarenka looming within the high half, and Third-seeded Aryna Sabalenka within the backside.
Petra Martic, Elena Rybakina, Elise Mertens and Anett Kontaveit are the remaining seeds within the draw, however there are a number of unseeded gamers who’re able to making an affect over the approaching week.
Svitolina, Pliskova, Sabalenka and Azarenka all obtain first spherical byes and can begin their campaigns within the second spherical.
No 1 seed Svitolina faces stiff opposition in her first match as she takes on the winner of Kristyna Pliskova and Maria Sakkari.
Sakkari shocked 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams on the Western & Southern Open this summer time and simply missed out on a Prime 8 seed.
Projected to fulfill Svitolina within the semi-finals is Azarenka, aiming to shake off a disappointing French Open end by rebounding on arduous courts, on which she received the Western & Southern Open title and narrowly fell to Naomi Osaka in an exciting last in Flushing Meadows.
Azarenka will face one in every of two qualifiers following her first spherical bye.
Wildcard Jelena Ostapenko ought to present a stern check for Martic of their opening spherical conflict, whereas the rapidly-improving Ons Jabeur will fancy her possibilities in opposition to Barbora Strycova in her opening spherical.
Mertens has a tricky opener in opposition to Amanda Anisimova, who has struggled at occasions lately however might threaten the Belgian if enjoying properly.
No 2 seed Karolina Pliskova might face Donna Vekic in her opening spherical, ought to the Croat overcome her qualifier, whereas Sabalanka is her projected semi-final opponent, who takes on a qualifier or Czech wildcard Katerina Siniakova.
Taking part in on house soil could assist Pliskova after extra disappointment on the Grand Slams this 12 months, and if she get previous Vekic, she then, probably, might tackle Rybakina afterwards.
Within the restricted quantity of motion in 2020, Sabalenka has not been at her finest and a possible second spherical in opposition to wildcard Katerina Siniakova shouldn’t be the best of matches on paper, although the Belarusian ought to prevail.
It was a disappointing French Open for Kontaveit, who had been in encouraging kind earlier than and after the suspension and she or he has a tough opening in opposition to Ekaterina Alexandrova after which, probably, Magda Linette however the indoor circumstances ought to assist the Estonian.
No 6 seed Elena Rybakina additionally looms giant within the backside half, and whereas the Kazakh has struggled on the majors in 2020, her tour-leading 5 finals present she is a power to be reckoned with.
She ought to prevail in opposition to a qualifier to start with, earlier than taking up the winner of an intriguing first spherical between Dayana Yastremska and US Open semi-finalist Jennifer Brady.
Brady has been one to look at because the tour resumed after the COVID-19 lockdown, successful her maiden main title on the Prime Seed Open offered by Bluegrass Orthopaedics in Lexington and pushing eventual champion Osaka to a few units in New York.
“I had by no means lifted a trophy earlier than!” mentioned Brady on her Lexington title, and she or he might properly show to be the darkish horse in Ostrava too.