Victory in the first WTA Croatian Donna Vekiča celebrated on Monday after a five – month break in the Palermo “International” competition, but the housewives achieved two successes.
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The first victory in the official WTA women’s tournaments after a five-month break was won on Monday by the world’s 24th racket Croatian Donna Vekiča, who defeated Orange Russ (WTA 70) from the Netherlands 6-1, 6-2, while Germany‘s Laura Zīgemunda (WTA 65) Romanian Irina Beg (WTA 81) played with 6-3, 6-4.
In the first round of the main tournament, hostess Sarah Erani (WTA 167) defeated Roman Soran Michael Kirst (WTA 75) with 7-5, 1-6, 6-4, and Slovenian Polon Duke (WTA 45) with 6-7 (1 : 7), 3-6 conceded to the world-ranked 156th racket for Italian Elizabeth Cochareto.
More than 400 Covid-19 tests before the Palermo International WTA have already been reported to be negative, but subsequent tests have revealed that one of the player is still infected with a virus. She immediately withdrew from the competition and is in quarantine, but the tennis player has no symptoms, and the course of the tournament will not be affected.
The Palermo tournament is the first official WTA event since mid-March, when a season break was announced due to the pandemic caused by Covid-19.
After a break of about five months, the first qualifying matches in the Palermo tournament were played on Saturday.
None of the Latvian tennis players are participating in the tournament, but the first number has been awarded to the Croatian athlete Petra Martiča, who is ranked 15th. Elena Ostapenko had planned to participate in this tournament, but later withdrew.
Last year, in the final, Swiss Jill Teihmane defeated Kiki Bertens from the Netherlands 7-6 (7: 3), 6-2.