Palermo Ladies Open: Petra Martic, Anett Kontaveit and Camila Giorgi rally for wins

Petra Martić got past qualifier Liudmila Samsonova and will next face another qualifier, Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

The Associated Press August 07, 2020 08:54:13 IST
Palermo Ladies Open: Petra Martic, Anett Kontaveit and Camila Giorgi rally for wins

Palermo, Sicily: Top-seeded Petra Martić rallied past Russian qualifier Liudmila Samsonova 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the Palermo Ladies Open quarterfinals Thursday in the first tournament following a five-month break due to the coronavirus.

"The struggle was real out there today," Martić said after the 2 ½-hour match."She's not the type of player I like to play. She plays really fast, hits really flat and low. And especially on these (clay) courts it can be tricky.

"Overall I didn't really enjoy myself out there. But I realised right away that it was not going to be easy and I was going to have to fight."

Martić will next face another qualifier, Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Also advancing was fourth-seeded Anett Kontaveit, who also had to come from behind to defeat Laura Siegemund 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Kontaveit's quarterfinal opponent will be Italian wild-card entry Elisabetta Cocciaretto.

In yet another three-set comeback win, Italy's Camila Giorgi eliminated Slovenian qualifier Kaja Juvan 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Players and officials for the tournament are being tested every four days for COVID-19 and one player who tested positive withdrew over the weekend. New protocols include fewer ball kids, a limited number of fans and no post-match handshakes between opponents.

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