Defending champion Ostapenko eases through to last 16 in Luxembourg

Jelena Ostapenko will face Arianne Hartono in the second round of the Luxembourg Open while top seed Petra Martic was knocked out in the first round of the WTA event in Portoroz

Jelena Ostapenko at the National Bank Open tennis tournament Monday August 9, 2021 in Montreal.

Defending champion Jelena Ostapenko booked her place in the last 16 of the WTA Luxembourg Open with a comfortable straight-sets win over Jule Niemeier.

Ostapenko, the world No 30 and former Roland-Garros champion came out on top with a 6-2, 6-2 win in a little under an hour to set up a meeting with Arianne Hartono, who defeated Anna-Lena Friedsam 7-6 , 3-6, 7-6 earlier in the day.

Fifth seed Marketa Vondrousova also shuffled through to the next round thanks to a 6-2, 6-3 triumph against Alison Van Uytvanck, while Zarina Diyas will face tournament favourite and Olympic champion Belinda Bencic next after beating Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in three sets.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich was made to work harder for her 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) win against Lesia Tsurenko. That is now the longest straight-sets match of 2021 so far at two hours and 30 minutes, according to the WTA.

Greet Minnen and Mandy Minella were also victorious on Tuesday, overcoming Nuria Parrizas-Diaz and Varvara Gracheva respectively.

Home favourite Juvan upsets top seed Martic in Slovenia

Meanwhile, at Zavarovalnica Sava Portoroz in Slovenia, home favourite Kaja Juvan eliminated top seed Petra Martic with a 6-3, 6-4 upset win. Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson was another seed to fall, going down in straight sets to Lucia Bronzetti.

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