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WTA roundup: Top seeds advance at Charleston

WTA roundup: Top seeds advance at Charleston

April 7 – The top two seeded players, Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and Paula Badosa of Spain, earned second-round wins Wednesday in the rain-delayed Credit One Charleston Open in Charleston, S.C.

Sabalenka, the No. 1 seed, defeated American Alison Riske, 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the season’s first clay-court event for her first victory since late February. No. 2 seed Badosa advanced with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Hungary’s Anna Bondar in the round of 32.

Madison Keys of the U.S., the No. 9 seed who was the 2019 Charleston champion, moved on with 6-3, 6-1 victory over Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway, and sixth-seeded American Jessica Pegula rolled past Jasmine Paolini of Italy, 6-2, 6-1. Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine knocked off the No. 5 seed, Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

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Other winners included third-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, 10th-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, 12th-seeded Alize Cornet of France, 15th-seeded Amanda Anisimova of the United States, Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu, Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova, Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi and the United States’ Coco Vandeweghe and Claire Liu.

The last two matches of the night were postponed due to rain and lightning. Fourth-seeded Ons Jabeur of Tunisia led the United States’ Emma Navarro 6-3, 5-2 when their match was halted. Seventh-seeded Leylah Fernandez of Canada and Magda Linette of Poland never got underway.

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Tatjana Maria of Germany upset third-seeded Rebecca Peterson of Sweden 6-1, 6-4 in the round of 16 in Bogota, Colombia.

In other matches, Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine defeated Sara Errani of Italy, 6-3, 7-6 (3); Elina Avanesyan of Russia beat Lucrezia Stefanini of Italy, 6-2, 6-2; Laura Pigossi of Brazil ousted Ekaterine Gorgodze of Georgia, 6-3, 6-2; and Mirjam Bjorklund of Sweden eliminated Yuliana Lizarazo of Colombia, 6-1, 6-4.

–Field Level Media

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