End of Nadia Podoroska’s journey in Palermo. The current Argentine number one this time fell to Fiona Ferro 6-2 and 6-1 in the initial round of the Italian WTA, a tournament that marked the official return after five months of inactivity due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Podoroska, who had won three matches to enter the Palermo main draw, this time could not with the French (No. 53 in the world) and fell in an hour and seven minutes of play.
The 23-year-old Argentina, ranked 172nd in the WTA world ranking and already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, was the only non-European tennis player in the Palermo main draw, playing on brick dust and will distribute prizes for 202,250 euros.
For Podoroska, a gold medal at the Pan American Games in Lima, it was his second WTA of the year, having played the Monterrey Open in Mexico last February, this time on a concrete surface.
It should be remembered that the WTA in Palermo has the Croatian Petra Martic (15th) as the maximum favorite for the title, and in its history it had an Argentine as champion, Mariana Díaz Oliva, who lifted the trophy in the 2002 edition.