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Sharapova wins; Peterson surprises Konta and Yastremska to Wozniacki

Sharapova wins;  Peterson surprises Konta and Yastremska to Wozniacki

The surprises began to arrive immediately on the first day of the Premier 5 tournament in Cincinnati with the eliminations of the English Johanna Konta, fourteenth seeded, and the Danish Caroline Wozniacki, former world number one.

While the Russians, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova each achieved triumphs that allowed them to go to the second round as did the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, seeded ninth.

Konta’s executioner was the young Swedish Rebecca Peterson, 24, who beat the English tennis player in three sets 6-3, 3-6 and 7-5, who was once again her worst enemy as she was always inconsistent with his game.

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Peterson’s triumph was the second she has achieved as a professional against a Top 20 rival after she achieved the first two weeks ago by beating American Sloane Stephens, the eighth in the world, in the Citi Open tournament.

Before the victory against Stephens, Peterson was 0-8 losing to opponents ranked in the top 20 in the WTA.

The triumphant debut of the 19-year-old Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska was also a surprise, who clearly won in two sets, 6-4, 6-4 over Wozniacki.

Yastremska, who is ranked 32nd in the world, landed 27 winners in the 20 games she played and broke the former world number one six times, including the decisive two in both sets that opened the door to victory for her.

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Her rival in the second round will be veteran Kuzketsova, who entered the tournament with an invitation pass, and won in a tough three-set match, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (7) and 6-4 at the Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, eleventh seeded, being the other big surprise of the day.

The one that did comply with the forecasts was Sabaleka, who beat the Croatian Petra Martic 6-1 and 6-4 and her rival in the second round will be the veteran American Venus Williams, who defeated 7-5 and 6-2 to his compatriot Lauren Davis.

In the guest duel, Sharapova won 6-3 and 7-6 (4) against American Alison Riske, and went on to the second round where she will face Australian Ashleigh Barty, who enters the tournament as seed number one.EFE

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