WTA roundup: Katarzyna Kawa keeps Polish hope alive in Gdynia

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FILE PHOTO: Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu during her first round match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier/File Photo

July 23, 2021

Katarzyna Kawa kept a home-soil run alive when she upset No. 3 seed Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-2, 6-4 in the second round Thursday at the BNP Paribas Poland Open in Gdynia.

Kawa, ranked No. 143 in the world, had little trouble as she converted five of nine break points and won 64 percent of her first-serve points (27 of 42) against Begu to advance to the quarterfinals.

Another seeded player went down when Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova beat No. 6 seed Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. No. 9 seed Nuria Parrizas Diaz of Spain, Maryna Zanevska of Belgium and Ekaterine Gorgodze of Georgia also won.

Palermo Ladies Open

Top seed Danielle Collins tallied eight aces and converted six of eight break points to defeat Australia’s Maddison Inglis 6-4, 6-1, and move into the quarters in Palermo, Italy.

The American will meet Australian No. 7 seed Astra Sharma after Sharma got by Russia’s Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-4, 7-5.

No. 4 seed Shuai Zhang of China ousted American Francesca Di Lorenzo 6-1, 6-2 in just an hour and eight minutes, and Olga Danilovic of Serbia outlasted Katarina Zavatska 7-6 (4), 7-5 in two hours and 27 minutes.

-Field Level Media