Top seed Jessica Pegula was the biggest casualty on the first day of play at the Melbourne Summer Set 2.
Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu upset the American 7-6(6), 6-3 in an hour and 45 minutes. Begu broke Pegula’s serve four times while saving three break points herself. In the second round, Begu will play Italy’s, Jasmine Paolini. Paolini won against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of the Slovakian Republic. The latter won the opening set but Paolini completed a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 comeback win after two hours and 19 minutes of play.
In her post-match interaction with the media, speaking about playing Paolini, Begu said, “Against Paolini… we know each other pretty well, but I’m trying to enjoy this match and this win. I’ll talk to my coach and we’ll try to have good tactics and play as good as today.”
Melbourne Summer Set 2: Seeds advance
Americans Amanda Anisimova and Ann Li also clinched wins in their respective first-round matches. Anisimova beat Alison Van Uytvanck 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-5 in an hour and 58 minutes. In the second round, Anisimova will play fifth seed Sorana Cirstea. The Romanian notched a comfortable and one-sided, 6-0, 6-0 victory against Russia’s Varvara Gracheva in just 49 minutes.
The seventh-seeded Li defeated Egypt’s Mayar Sherif 6-2, 6-0 in their opening-round clash in 63 minutes. Li will play Anastasija Sevastova for a chance to reach the last eight. The Latvian defeated France’s Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 19 minutes.
Sixth seed Clara Tauson also advanced to the second round. The Dane defeated Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina 7-5, 6-3 in an hour and 36 minutes. Tauson’s next opponent will be either Chinese qualifier, Lin Zhu or Australian wildcard, Samantha Stosur.
In the last match of the day, fourth seed Sara Sorribes Tormo defeated Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia. The Spaniard needed three hours and six minutes to post a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 victory. For a place in the quarters of the Melbourne Summer Set 2, Sorribes Tormo will take on either Greet Minnen or Russian qualifier Kamilla Rakhimova.