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Berlin | Jabeur comes off the court before rain interrupts play

The rain that dogged the European swing returned to Berlin on Wednesday, but before it started, No. 8 seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia won her rain-delayed first-round match on Tuesday at the ecotrans Ladies Open, finishing 6-4 7-6(4) victory over Chinese qualifier Xinyu Wang.

I always feel comfortable in Berlin. Coco Gauff

Jabeur, who led by a set on Tuesday night before rain forced the end of that match on Wednesday, was the 2022 tournament champion.

It took Jabeur three legs to complete the victory due to the rain delays – the first at the end of the opener before the rain on Tuesday, then again at 3-2 in the second on Wednesday, and finally at 7-6(4) in the tiebreak after the rain.

The Tunisian converted five of the seven break points and advanced against Linda Noskova from the Czech Republic in round 2.

Victoria Azarenka is the first to reach the Last 8 after beating Zeynep Sonmez on Wednesday

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Former world number 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus became the first player to advance to the quarter-finals after beating 22-year-old Turkish qualifier Zeynep Sonmez 6-3 6-3.

After her upset over Greece’s seventh seed Maria Sakkari in the first round, the Belarusian is yet to drop a set and will face No. 3 seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan or the Russian Veronika Kudermetova.

The match between sixth seed Zheng Qinwen of China and former doubles No. 1 Katerina Siniakova was interrupted by rain, with the Czech leading 5-3.

Opener Aryna Sabalenka against Daria Kasatkina postponed until Thursday due to rain in Berlin

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World No. 3 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and reigning Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic, both who had received byes, had their second-round matches postponed due to rain and will now play on Thursday.

Sabalenka, ranked No. 2 at the WTA 500 in Berlin, was set to open her campaign against Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina, while 5th seed Vondrousova was set to face another Russian, Anna Kalinskaya, with the winners pitted against each other. the quarter-finals.

Sabalenka, the 2024 Australian Open champion, has yet to win a title on grass, “although I actually like playing on grass,” she says.

Thursday also marks top seed Coco Gauff’s first appearance in the opener against Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova, while her doubles partner, compatriot and fourth seed Jessica Pegula, faces Croatia’s Donna Vekic, last year’s finalist and a wildcard for the draw.

“I always feel comfortable in Berlin,” said Gauff, who won the 2023 US Open.

Seven players from the Top 10 of the world rankings competed for the title this week at the ecotrans Ladies Open in the Steffi Graf Stadium of the LTTC ‘Rot-Weiß’ e. V. in Berlin, and 4 have yet to hit a ball.

Top seed Coco Gauff makes her first appearance at the Berlin Ladies Open on Thursday

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