Vondroušová and Muchová were not enough for the Russian rivals on the grass in Berlin


Berlin / Halle / London – Eighth seed Karolína Muchová and Markéta Vondroušová finished in the first grass tournament after two years in the opening round. Both were not enough for Russian rivals in Berlin. The finalist of the clay Roland Garros from 2019 Vondroušová lost on the unpopular surface to the qualifier Ljudmila Samsonová 4: 6 and 6: 7, Muchová was defeated by Veronika Kuděrmětovová after a three-hundredth battle 7: 6, 5: 7 and 6: 2.

The tournament in Berlin is the first of two preparations for Wimbledon, and Vondroušová continues it at least in doubles. On Monday, alongside the Kuděrmětovs, they advanced to the quarterfinals.

The tournament in Berlin is the first of two preparations for Wimbledon, and Vondroušová continues it at least in doubles. On Monday, alongside the Kuděrmětovs, they advanced to the quarterfinals.

Today, Vondroušová in the single was stopped by the 106th player in the world rankings, Samsonovová. The native of Sokolov in the second set of five more games in a row turned a threatening score of 0: 4, but then lost the tie-break. She was eliminated in the first round in the third of the last four tournaments. She reached the round of 16 at the French Open.

Muchová introduced herself on the grass for the first time since last year’s Wimbledon quarterfinals. Karolína Plíšková remained the only Czech in the Berlin singles, who is a straight four in the second round. The American Jessica Pegualová is waiting for her for the fourth time this year, with whom Plíšková lost three times in March. It was played on a hard surface in Doha, Dubai and Miami.

The second player in the world rankings, Daniil Medvedev, unsuccessfully started the grassy part of the season in Halle. Jan-Lennard Struff, the highest-ranked Russian tennis player, was eliminated in the preparatory tournament for Wimbledon. The 31-year-old German beat his favorite 6: 6, 6: 3 by six years.

The quarterfinalist of the recent French Open, Medvedev, did not use a 4: 1 lead in the first set or set a 6: 5 set in the opponent’s serve, and in the tie-break it worked out for him. He deflected two more sets, but lost the shortened game 6: 8. He lost service twice in the second set, but at 1: 5, Struff’s service survived the first match and reduced it. Two games later, however, the 45th player in the ranking took advantage of the overall third matchword and defeated Medvedev for the first time on the fourth attempt.

“Maybe it’s better to play against him on the grass. It boosted my confidence,” Struff said after a triumph over this year’s Australian Open finalist and winner of last year’s Champions Tournament.

Brit Andy Murray returned to the ATP circuit after three months and managed the first round of the tournament at Queen’s Club on his favorite grass. In London’s preparation for Wimbledon, the three-time Grand Slam champion defeated Frenchman Benoit Paire 6: 3, 6: 2 and will compete with the most committed Italian Matteo Berrettini to advance to the quarterfinals.

The 34-year-old five-time champion at the Queen’s Club, who has been accompanied by health problems in recent years and has undergone repeated hip surgeries, last played in early March in Rotterdam. After being eliminated in the second round and the birth of his fourth child, he took a break, and then apologized to Miami for his injury.

He also missed the clay Roland Garros and returned to the wild card on the grass. “My body is old. But I did pretty well in terms of movement today. It was my first game on the grass in three years and I only played three or four workouts, so I didn’t know much to expect. But it was good, “praised the former first player in the world in an interview after the match.

Results of tennis tournaments

(sorted by subsidy amount)

Men’s tournament in Halle

(grass, subsidy 1,455,925 euros):

Singles – Round 1:

Struff (DEU) – Medvedev (1-RUS) 7: 6 (8: 6), 6: 3, A. Zverev (3-DEU) – Koepfer (DEU) 6: 4, 3: 6, 6 : 3, Rublyov (4-RUS) – Khachanov (RUS) 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 5), Harris (JAR) – Monfils (8-Fr.) 6: 4, 6: 4, Nishikori (JPN) – Berankis (Lit.) 6: 3, 2: 6, 6: 2, Lacko (SR) – Pella (ARG) 6: 7 (5: 7), 7: 5, 6: 1, Kohlschreiber (DEU) – Rodionov (AUT) 6: 4, 6: 3, Auger-Aliassime (CAN) – Hurkacz (POL) 6: 3, 7: 5, Basilashvili (GEO) – Simon (Fr.) 6: 1, 3: 6, 6: 4, Rinderknech (Fr.) – Hanfmann (DEU) 7: 5, 6: 3, Humbert (Fr.) – Querrey (USA) 4: 6, 7: 6 (7 : 4), 7: 6 (7: 5).

Men’s tournament in London

(grass, subsidy 1,290,135 euros):

Singles – Round 1:

Berrettini (1-It.) – Travaglia (It.) 7:6 (7:5), 7:6 (7:4), De Minaur (4-Austr.) – Djere (Srb.) 3:6, 6:3, 6:4, Evans (6-Brit.) – Popyrin (Austr.) 6:4, 6:4, Bublik (Kaz.) – Chardy (Fr.) 6:4, 3:6, 6:3, Tiafoe (USA) – Bedene (Slovin.) 4:6, 6:3, 6:4, A. Murray (Brit.) – Paire (Fr.) 6:3, 6:2.

Women’s tournament in Berlin

(grass, subsidy 456,073 euros):

Singles – Round 1:

Kuděrmětovová (RUS) – Muchová (8-CR) 7: 6 (7: 5), 5: 7, 6: 2, Samsonova (RUS) – Vondroušová (CZE) 6: 4, 7: 6 (8: 6), Muguruzaová (6-Šp.) – Cirsteaová (ROU) 6: 3, 6: 2, Azarenková (7-Běl.) – Petkovicová (Něm.) 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 2), Rybakin (KAZ) – Rogers (USA) 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, Pegula – Baptiste (both USA) 6: 6 retired, Marticova (Chorv) .) – Muhammad (USA) 7: 6 (7: 0), 4: 6, 6: 3, Kerber (Germany) – Doi (JPN) 6: 2, 6: 1.

Doubles – Round 1:

Katová, Voracova (Jap./CR) – Blinkova, Kalashnikov (Rus./Gruz.) 6: 3, 4: 6, 10: 2, Melicharova, Schuursova (1-USA / Niz.) – Peschke, Heisenová (CZE / Germany) 6: 4, 6: 2.

Birmingham Women’s Tournament

(grass, $ 235,238 grant):

Singles – Round 1:

Tomljanovic (Austr.) – Mertens (1-Belg.) 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 7 (5: 7), 7: 6 (7: 4), Chang Shui (6-China) – Djachenkova ( Rus.) 6: 2, 7: 5, Fernandez (CAN) – Wang Ja-fan (China) 7: 5, 6: 3.

Doubles – Round 1:

Martincová, Bainsová (ČR / Brit.) – Watsonová, Dartová (Brit.) 4: 6, 6: 3, 10: 5.


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