Elina Svitolina reached round three of the Abu Dhabi Open with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva on Saturday, while Karolina Pliskova was knocked out in two sets by a qualifier.
Svitolina will play in the third round with seventeenth-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova or Britain’s Heather Watson, after a routine victory over Zvonareva in just over an hour.
Third-seeded Pliskova was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Russian qualifier Anastasia Gasanova, who finished 292th in her first main draw of the tour and had never played anyone in the top 100. Next round for Gasanova it is a third round meeting with Sara Sorribes Tormo.
“It’s like I wasn’t on the pitch. I was so sure of myself,” Gasanova said of his decisive victory. “It’s like when I go out on the pitch, I’m a different person, I’m angrier.” Sixth-seeded Elena Rybakina converted her fifth match point to seal a 6-4, 6-4 win over China’s Wang Xiyu. Rybakina then plays Daria Kasatkina, who moved on to round three by walkover after her opponent Karolina Muchova retired.
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- The next appointment for Gasanova is the third round match with Sara Sorribes Tormo, as if I weren’t on the pitch. It’s like when I go out on the pitch, I’m a different person, I’m angrier. Sixth-seeded Elena Rybakina converted her fifth match point to seal a 6-4, 6-4 win over China’s Wang Xiyu.
- Svitolina in Abu Dhabi round 3, Pliskova loses in qualifying