Andrea Petkovic secured a German presence in the second round of bett1open after beating No.5 seed Garbiñe Muguruza 7-6(8), 6-4 on Tuesday in Berlin.
Former Top 10 player Petkovic took 2 hours and 6 minutes to grab two tough sets against former world number 1 Muguruza. Petkovic is now 4-1 lifetime against Muguruza.
“I really believe that in these very tight matches, the simple and small change of energy can make the difference,” Petkovic said after his home win. “If you have the crowd on your side and they want you to win somehow, I think that can really make a difference.”
Petkovic, 59th, was 0-9 against the top 20 grass-court players heading into her latest victory over Muguruza. It is also Petkovic’s first win against a Top 10 player since beating then-#6 Petra Kvitova at the 2019 US Open.
On Tuesday, Muguruza came back from an early break to reach a first-set tiebreaker, where she held two set points at 6-4. But a double fault and two missed returns gave Petkovic the first of her three set points, and the German eventually nailed the set with a bunt winner.
Highlights: Petkovic beat. Muguruza
Petkovic broke Muguruza with a putaway winner in the first game of the second set, and the German saved four break points while consolidating for 2-0. Muguruza erased four match points at 5-3 with a powerful game, but Petkovic served the game away in the next game.
Petkovic will next face Aliaksandra Sasnovich for a spot in the quarter-finals. Petkovic easily won his first encounter in 2017, but Sasnovich won the next two in straight sets, including in qualifying in Rome last month.
“For me, [Sasnovich is] a very uncomfortable opponent, I’ve lost to her the last few times,” Petkovic said. I’ll be ready.”
Earlier on Tuesday, No. 2 seed Maria Sakkari of Greece cruised through to the second round with a 6-3, 6-2 win over French qualifier Leolia Jeanjean.
In their only previous meeting, Jeanjean prevailed when they faced off at an ITF Challenger event in 2013 when the two were ranked outside the Top 500. But Sakkari, now a Top 10 player, got his revenge nine years later with a total of 83 minutes. to win.
Jeanjean had a breakthrough event just a few weeks ago when she stunned Top 10 player Karolina Pliskova en route to the third round of Roland Garros, her home Grand Slam, as wild card. This result propelled Jeanjean to a new career ranking of world No. 149.
But Sakkari wouldn’t let Jeanjean add another upset to his resume on Berlin’s grass courts. Sakkari won an incredible 92% of his first-serve points and never faced a break point all day.
Sakkari will meet Australian qualifier Daria Saville in the second round. Sakkari and former Top 20 player Saville shared their two previous meetings, with Sakkari winning their last game by retirement at Indian Wells earlier this year.
Last year’s Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic had to work harder to book her place in the second round. last year’s round clash.
Highlights: Bencic defeats. Niemeier
Bencic, who finished second to Liudmila Samsonova in Berlin last season, converted five of his nine break points that day, withstanding a 15-ace barrage from national prospect Niemeier, who made his debut in the Top 100 last month.
The Swiss player eventually prevailed in 2 hours and 22 minutes, preventing Niemeier from earning her first Top 20 victory. Bencic will now face another wildcard, Anna Kalinskaya, in the second round. Bencic beat Kalinskaya in the same round at ‘s-Hertogenbosch last week.