Seeds sew success in both Adelaide and Hobart

THE Adelaide International’s seeds had a strong day on day four of the tournament, with wins for them aplenty.

One of those was the sixth seed Jelena Ostapenko, who defeated Sorana Cirstea in three sets.

After making the quarter finals in Brisbane, Ostapenko continued her winning momentum, coming back from a set down to win 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

The Romanian finished with more aces, but also finished with more double faults and a lower first serve percentage than the Latvian. Ostapenko also saved more break points she faced than Cirstea did.

Her next opponent will be Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, who defeated Australian wild card Taylah Preston 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

The tournament’s two other seeds who were in action yesterday also picked up wins, with Veronika Kudermetova winning in straight sets while Liudmila Samsonova was pushed to three sets but eventually got the chocolates.


It was also a good day for the seeded stars of the Hobart International, with wins all over the place.

One of those that picked up a win was Sofia Kenin, who defeated Belgian Greet Minnen 6-3 6-3.

Minnen served more aces than the American, but also served more double faults, with Kenin not recording any double faults.

Minnen had a higher first serve percentage, but Kenin’s first and second serve points won percentages were both higher than Minnen’s. Kenin also served all the break points she faces, whereas Minnen did not.

Kenin was not the only seed to pick up a win, with Tatjana Maria, Marie Bouzkova, Xinyu Wang and Emma Navarro also picking up wins.

Wang was pushed in three sets by Aussie Olivia Gadecki but ultimately prevailed, as was Navarro against Clara Burel. Bouzkova beat Viktorija Golubic in straight sets, while Maria had won the first set against Nadia Podoroska before the Argentinian was forced to retire.

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