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Kostyuk holds off Giorgi in three-setter at Western & Southern Open

Marta Kostyuk breaks Camila Giorgi a ridiculous nine times to win their three-set match at the WTA Tournament in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Kostyuk advances to face No 7 seed Jessica Pegula.

Marta Kostyuk Kostyuk, on March 15, announced that she had tested positive for Covid-19 “a couple of weeks ago.” She returned to he tour at Miami.

Tuesday’s Western & Southern Open first-round match won’t go down in the history books as a serving clinic. But Marta Kostyuk won’t care.

Kostyuk defeated Camila Giorgi 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to advance at the Linder Tennis Family Center in Cincinnati. The Ukainian generated nine service breaks while prevailing in two hours and 31 minutes. A total of 17 breaks occurred in the contest and the two players combined for a whopping 41 break chances. The final turning point came starting at 3-3 in the third set, as Kostyuk broke for a 4-3 lead and then saved two break points to consolidate for 5-3. She eventually served out the match with a rare love service hold at 5-4.

Cincinnati WTA 1000, other first-round matches and results:

  • Serena Williams vs. Emma Raducanu
  • Madison Keys vs. Yulia Putintseva
  • Anastasia Potapova vs. Simona Halep
  • Coco Gauff vs. Marie Bouzkova: tuesday
  • Beatriz Haddad Maia vs. Jelena Ostapenko
  • Shelby Rogers (WC) beat Sofia Kenin (WC): 6-2, 6-1
  • Karolina Pliskova (14) beat Venus Williams (WC): 7-5, 6-1
  • Anna Kalinskaya (Q) beat Martina Trevisan: 7-6 (2), 7-5
  • Shuai Zhang beat Naomi Osaka: 6-4, 7-5
  • Elise Mertens beat Anhelina Kalinina (Q): 6-1, 6-1
  • Sorana Cirstea beat Belinda Bencic (12): 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-4
  • Sloane Stephens (WC) beat Alize Cornet: 6-1, 6-0
  • Caroline Garcia (Q) beat Petra Martic (LL): 6-3, 6-3
  • Ajla Tomljanovic (Q) beat Taylor Townsend (Q): 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
  • Victoria Azarenka beat Kaia Kanepi: 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
  • Tereza Martincova (Q) beat Nuria Parrizas Diaz (LL): 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3
  • Ekaterina Alexandrova beat Leylah Fernandez (13): 6-4, 7-5
  • Petra Kvitova beat Jil Teichmann: 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-3
  • Catherine McNally (WC) beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich: 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2)
  • Alison Riske-Amritraj beat Sara Sorribes Tormo: 6-1, 7-6 (2)
  • Amanda Anisimova beat Daria Kasatkina (9): 6-4, 6-4
  • Veronika Kudermetova beat Barbora Krejcikova: 6-3, 6-3
  • Elena Rybakina beat Mayar Sherif: 6-3, 6-2
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