WTA 1000 Dubai: Jasmine Paolini in the round of 16.

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WTA 1000 Dubai: Jasmine Paolini in the round of 16

Another fine victory for Jasmine Paolini in the second round of the Dubai WTA 1000. The Tuscan, world number 26, beat with the score of 6-3 6-4 in one’hour and 35 minutes of play the Canadian Leylah Fernandez, number 33 and finalist of the US Open in 2020.

Three breaks in the first three games of the match, two in favor of the North American, but from 1-3 Paolini strung together five consecutive games by twice breaking her opponent in the sixth and eighth games and saving four break points, the first two of which were consecutive, in a very long seventh game, which lasted 22 points, and then closing out the partial by holding serve to zero.

Once again è Fernandez to get off to a better start in the second set flying 3-0 with a break lead and then 4-1, on serve Paolini also has a 5-1 ball but, exactly as in the first partial, Jasmine wins five consecutive games with two breaks and closing on the second match point after saving another break ball. In the round of 16, Paolini will meet Greek Maria Sakkari, world number 11 and the number 8 seed in the tournament.

Elisabetta Cocciaretto, world number 58, è was instead beaten by the U.S. Coco Gauff, number 3 and third favorite on the scoreboard, with a score of 6-1 7-5 in one’hour and 40 minutes. The match had no history until the 6-1 3-0 for Gauff, when the Marche player had still not managed to hold a serve, and in the end she will succeed only once, in the fifth game of the second set, after which there are six consecutive breaks, the last è the decisive one and è in favor of the American.

È it was completely without history instead the match between Anastasia Potapova, world number 35, and Lucia Bronzetti, number 60: the Russian won cleanly 6-0 6-3 in just over an hour. In addition to the three breaks she suffered in the first set, the Rimini native, who had seven break points in the first set without trsforming a single one, suffered the decisive one in the sixth game of the second partial, the’only one of the set.

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