In full midday heat worked for Elise Mertens (WTA 16) yesterday, the last oefendrafje. On the other side of the net was the left-handed Czech Lucie Safarova (WTA 53). No coincidence, explains coach Rick Vleeschouwers. Safarova had to serve as a model for the opponent of today, the American Varvara Lepchenko (WTA 92).
“Lepchenko is left handed, is happy and likes to play pace. Makes very good points, but sometimes even in the wrong. In short, it can be dangerous.”
Mertens and Lepchenko, an American with roots in Uzbekistan, battle each other for the first time. The duel stands today as the fourth match on court 6 programmed.
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Flipkens recovered sufficiently?
Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 69) starts today against the 31-year-old German Tatjana Maria (WTA 64) in the tournament. She Is recovered sufficiently from the efforts of the past week in Nuremberg has done? There kicked the 32-year-old Flipkens it to the semi-finals. Along the way switched them including Alison Van Uytvanck and titelverdedigster Kiki Bertens. As if that penalty trail still wasn’t enough, she got in the doubles, including the final, which they admittedly lost.
Flipkens vs Maria, that each other never bekampten, as the third match programmed.
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