- Belinda Bencic makes a successful start to the Australian Open in Melbourne.
- East Swiss beat Christina Miladenovic of France 6: 4, 6: 3.
- Jill Deachman will start her first round match against Petra Martic on Monday at around 06:00 Swiss time.
Belinda Bencic entered the first Grand Slam of the year in the best possible way. The 22nd-ranked Olympic champion defeated Frenchwoman Christina Miladenovic (WTA 91) 6: 4, 6: 3 in the first round.
The East Swiss revealed a different game against Mladenovic, which he counts among his friends, but not his favorite opponents on the tour. But in Pennsylvania everything did not go according to plan and she will have to work on some more construction sites aiming for the next rounds. Their 17 winners face several compelling errors.
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The highlight of the game came when the score was 4: 4, 15:30 in Penzik’s view of the first set. At this point Mladenovic dominated and often used his forearm to push through rallies. Bencic, with his back wall and two breakballs in front of him, played a forehand on the edge of the net on the opposite field and scored very well.
Shortly after the Swiss player won the game, his French opponent was a little upset: Bencic used it to cool down, scoring the break to zero and getting the 1st set with it.
Now Anisimova is waiting
In the second round, the 24-year-old took an early 2-0 lead. She immediately responded to the comeback with another service improvement on her part. Especially at the end of the 2nd set, after 89 minutes, Penzik converted his first match point into a victory.
In the 2nd round on Wednesday, he meets young American Amanda Anisimova (WTA 61), who defeated Dutch qualifier Arianne Hartono (WTA 191) in 3 sets. Benzek won his only fight with Anisimova in a lawn match in Mallorca in 2019.