Maria Sakkari, number 22 in the WTA ranking and ninth seeded, fulfilled the predictions by defeating the Russian Anastasia Potapova, 101st of the classification, in the opening of the WTA 500 tournament in Abu Dhabi.
In one hour and twenty-nine minutes he won 6-4 and 6-2 to get his first points of the year and get fully into the fight to enter the Top 20.
“I have worked a lot in my service the last nine months. I’m very happy with how I’m serving. I’m getting good results on the court with my serve, with free points. Because the surface is fast, it is very important to serve well, “he said post-match.
Also, in the most outstanding results: Anett Kontaveit (23rd) lost to Veronika Kudermetova (46th) by 7-5 and 6-1, Ons Jabeur (31st) to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (38th) by 7-6 (3) and 6-3 and Yulia Putintseva (28th) took out Martina Trevisan (85th) in straight sets by doubles 6-3.
Meanwhile, in a key that could come out Nadia Podoroska’s next opponent (from beating Sara Sorribes), Donna Vekic (32nd) was surprised by Bernarda Pera (62nd) by 7-6 (10), 2-6 and 6-4.