Katerina siniakova (55th WTA) gave one of the surprises of the day last Monday at eliminate Jelena Ostapenko. Merit victory that in another time would have been considered a feat against the Latvian tennis player, winner of Roland Garros in 2017 and former number 5 in the WTA ranking, whose competitiveness seems to be forgotten. Garbiñe Muguruza experienced a similar situation since his last Grand Slam conquest (Wimbledon 2017) until the arrival of Conchita Martínez to her technical area, but today the direction of the caraqueña is opposite to that of Ostapenko. Although unfortunately she could not demonstrate it to Siniakova herself in her premiere at the WTA 1,000 from Canada, where fell unexpectedly at the hands of the Czech when she led the score in the third set: 6-2, 0-6 and 6-3 in 1 hour and 58 minutes.
Garbiñe reappeared after his tour of the Tokyo Games and went out onto the dominant track, but Siniakova quickly countered the two initial games of the Caracas player to equalize the score (2-2). The Czech saw that her options were to let go of her arm and play strokes of extreme difficulty, all or nothing, since a priori for consistency it would be difficult to face the fifth seed in Montreal. Against all odds, Siniakova came up heads on that coin tossed into the air. Mugu she was surprised and he conceded up to six games in a row with which he delivered the first set (from 0-2 to 6-2) in just 37 minutes.
Some performance from the Czech 😯
– wta (@WTA) August 10, 2021
Garbiñe cut the bleeding by winning his serve at the beginning of the second set. It gave him wings. All the punch that the Czech lost in her blows The Spanish began to win in aggressiveness, effectiveness (only three unforced errors in the entire sleeve) and solvency in her uploads to the net. That gale of play could only be translated into the ‘donut’ of Conchita’s pupil. Overflowing with confidence, Garbiñe started the final set, which allowed him to recover from an initial break from the Czech. But everything took an unexpected turn. With 2-3 up, Muguruza stopped the game in the change of ends due to a discomfort in the finger of one hand. The work of the physio, including a new bandage, had no effect, since the Spanish-Venezuelan did not win any games again and the Czech gave the bell. Goodbye to the first exchange against a rival that only scored the second win of her career against a top-10 (the other was also this year against Serena Williams) and who put in his favor the face to face against Garbiñe (2-1). The physicist, as happened on several occasions this year, again failed Muguruza …
The joy for Spanish tennis in the first round of the final draw was given Sara Sorribes, who enforced her favorite status against Canadian Zhao, local player who received an invitation to participate in the tournament, to win with solvency: 6-2 and 6-2 in 87 minutes of play. In the next round, where he also assured his presence Paula Badosa, the Castellón will face a Samsonova (52º) who gave the surprise by leaving Rybakina out (19th).
‘Coco’ Gauff sweeps
The one who shone in his first match in Montreal was Cori Gauff. The American did not give Sevastova any concessions, which she beat by a resounding score of 6-1, 6-4 in 67 minutes of the game. His compatriot Sloane stephens He also did his homework, although with more suffering, against Yastremska (6-4, 1-6 and 6-4) and will be measured in the second round with the top seed and first seed in the tournament, Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka. In the rest of the games, victories for Pegula, Konta, Giorgi (he surprised Mertens), Kudermetova, Pavlyuchenkova, Kvitova and Vekic.