High seeds Kasatkina, Kontaveit win in Cleveland


CLEVELAND — High seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia and second seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia received their first spherical matches at Tennis within the Land on Monday.

Kasatkina defeated Kaja Juvan of Slovenia 6-3, 6-3 within the opening match of the day, whereas Kontaveit rallied for a 1-6, 6-0, 6-0 victory over Lauren Davis within the night session on the stadium courtroom at Jacobs Pavilion.

No. 26 Kasatkina, who acquired a wild-card entry into the match, eradicated the No. 109 Juvan regardless of not getting an ace within the 1-hour, 27-minute contest. She is going to face No. 33 Catherine McNally within the spherical of 16.

No. 28 Kontaveit overcame a poor begin and a wave of assist behind Northeast Ohio native Davis within the first WTA match held in Cleveland. She snapped a five-match dropping streak that started within the remaining on the Viking Worldwide Eastbourne.

“I began gradual and Lauren was enjoying rather well within the first set, being actually aggressive,” Kontaveit mentioned. “I used to be anticipating the gang to be behind her, however I used to be actually grateful that we obtained to play in entrance of individuals. They convey a lot vitality to the courtroom.”

After her serve was damaged 3 times within the first, Kontaveit restricted the 97th-ranked Davis to 9 factors within the second and 14 factors within the third. Davis had been 9-0 when successful the opening set this yr.

“It is extremely disappointing, but it surely was a cool expertise nonetheless,” Davis mentioned. “Cleveland has my coronary heart.”

Kontaveit will play No. 61 Caroline Garcia of France within the second spherical. Additionally advancing was the youngest participant within the high 400, 16-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova of the Czech Republic, who beat Tara Moore of Nice Britain 6-4, 7-5.

Jil Teichmann of Switzerland, who was the runner-up on the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati two days earlier, withdrew from the occasion.

High seeds Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara of Japan beat Anastasia Rodionova and Galina Voskoboeva 6-4, 6-3 of their first match in 16-team doubles draw.

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