Elena Rybakina Knocks Out Bianca Andreescu in Dubai, Lin Zhu Shocked in Merida

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Last Updated: February 21, 2023, 12:11 IST

A straight-set win for Elena Rybakina. (AP Photo)

A straight-set win for Elena Rybakina. (AP Photo)

Jelena Ostapenko and Victoria Azarenka both won their opening matches in straight sets as well

In a first-round matchup of former Grand Slam champions, ninth-seeded Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan beat Canada’s Bianca Andreescu 6-3, 6-4 on Monday in the Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Rybakina, the reigning Wimbledon champion, finished with a 6-2 edge in aces and picked on Andreescu’s second serve, winning 11 of 14 points.

Rybakina took the first set in 38 minutes, but Andreescu jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second set. However, Andreescu lost her final three service games as Rybakina closed out the match.

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Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, the 13th seed, and Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka, the 15th seed, both won their opening matches in straight sets. Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina upset 10th-seeded Veronika Kudermetova of Russia 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, and Romania’s Sorana Cirstea edged 11th-seeded Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil 4-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5 after saving two match points in the second-set tiebreaker.

Romania’s Ana Bogdan, the Czech Republic’s Karolina Muchova and Karolina Pliskova, the United States’ Lauren Davis and Shelby Rogers and Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich also won their opening matches.

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The United States’ Caty McNally upset third-seeded Lin Zhu of China 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 6-1 in the first round at Merida, Mexico.

McNally overcame serving eight double faults (to three for Zhu) and winning just 27 percent of her second-serve points, 10 of 37. The match featured 15 service breaks, nine of them on Zhu’s serve.

In another U.S.-China matchup, the Chinese player won, as Xiyu Wang eliminated eighth-seeded Alison Riske-Amritraj 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (1).

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Belgium’s Ysaline Bonaventure, Spain’s Nuria Parrizas Diaz and the United States’ Katie Volynets also advanced to the second round. In late matches, seventh-seeded Elisabetta Cocciaretto of Italy faced Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic, and Australian qualifier Kimberly Birrell opposed Hungary’s Anna Bondar.

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