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Mertens double-breadsticks Kalinina to begin Cincinnati campain

Elise Mertens won against Anhelina Kalinina 6-1, 6-1 on Tuesday evening and will play the winner of the match between Czech Karolina Pliskova, the No 14 seed, and American wildcard Venus Williams in the next round

Caption: Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Tennis - Women's Singles - Round 1 - Ariake Tennis Park - Tokyo, Japan - July 25, 2021. Elise Mertens of Belgium in action Caption: Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Round 1 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 25, 2021. Elise Mertens of Belgium in action Credit: AI / Reuters / Panoramic

Belgian Elise Mertens moved into the second round of the Western & Southern Open by defeating Ukrainian qualifier Anhelina Kalinina 6-1, 6-1 at the Linder Tennis Family Center in Cincinnati on Tuesday evening.

Mertens, ranked No 33, will face the winner of the match between Czech Karolina Pliskova, the No 14 seed, and American wildcard Venus Williams next.

Cincinnati WTA 1000, other first-round results (Linder Tennis Family Center, hard, USD 2.527.250, most recent results first):

  • Serena Williams vs. Emma Raducanu
  • Madison Keys vs. Yulia Putintseva
  • Anastasia Potapova vs. Simona Halep
  • Coco Gauff vs. Marie Bouzkova
  • Beatriz Haddad Maia vs. Jelena Ostapenko
  • Sofia Kenin vs. Shelby Rogers
  • Martina Trevisan vs. Anna Kalinskaya
  • Karolina Pliskova vs. Venus Williams
  • Marta Kostyuk vs. Camila Giorgi
  • Naomi Osaka vs. Shuai Zhang: tuesday
  • Belinda Bencic vs. Sorana Cirstea: tuesday
  • 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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