Follow Nadia Podoroska’s journey in Europe. The current Argentine number one topped qualifying in Palermo last week and lost in the first round of the main draw. Now she met her rival for the debut in the qualifying phase of the Prague contest, also on clay.
Podoroska returned to the official WTA competition right on Italian soil, when the circuit returned after five months of standing due to the coronavirus pandemic. She surpassed the previous one and yielded to the French Fiona Ferro in straight sets already in the big picture.
The 23-year-old Argentine, ranked 172nd in the WTA world rankings and who is already classified for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, will face the Belgian Yanina Wickmayer on Saturday, who is ranked 145th in the standings and it was Top 12.
If it beats the European, Podoroska will have as a rival in the second instance of the phase prior to the winner of the clash between the German Tamara Korpatsch (142nd) and the Romanian Jaqueline Cristian (162nd).
Podoroska, a gold medalist at the Pan American Games in Lima, is looking for her third WTA of the year, after having played the Monterrey Open in Mexico in February, this time on concrete.