Top seed Svitolina slumps to Osorio Serrano defeat in Tenerife
It was a shock defeat for the top seed in Spain
Top seed Elina Svitolina crashed out of the first round of the Tenerife Ladies Open, losing to Maria Camila Osorio Serrano 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
It was the first time the Ukrainian had played the 19-year-old on tour – but she had arrived in Spain on a reasonable run of form on hard courts, enjoying a sound North American swing, reaching the round of 16 in Indian Wells, and the quarter-finals in Chicago as well as the US Open.
The Colombian, in contrast, had lost her first matches in Indian Wells and Chicago, both in straight sets.
She will now face Egypt’s Mayar Sherif in tomorrow’s round of 16 encounter.
The match was suspended yesterday evening after Svitolina had won the opening set.
The rest of the day’s matches were round of 16 clashes. Ann Li of the USA beat Russia’s Varvara Gracheva 6-4, 6-2, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova beat Jaqueline Cristian 6-2, 7-5, and France’s Alize Cornet beat Wang Xinyu in a walkover, with the scores at 6-1, 6-7(5), 4-1.