Wuhan Open: Katerina Siniakova ousts Kristina Mladenovic; Elena Vesnina moves into second round
Katerina Siniakova beat a top-20 player for the sixth time this year when she ousted Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Wuhan Open.
Wuhan: Katerina Siniakova beat a top-20 player for the sixth time this year when she ousted Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Wuhan Open on Sunday.
The Czech, who has two singles titles already this year, deepened the hole occupied by Mladenovic. It was her eighth straight loss, all to players ranked outside the WTA top 25.
Ekaterina Makarova of Russia won nine games in a row from 4-1 down on her way to beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-4, 6-2.
The 16th-seeded Elena Vesnina beat Duan Yingying of China 6-3, 6-4.
Also, Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine defeated Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-3, 7-6 (12) to line up top-ranked Garbine Muguruza in the next round.
Muguruza, second-seeded Simona Halep and the other top six seeds received byes into the second round.
Sloane Stephens will take on Wang Qiang of China in the first round in her first competitive match since winning the US Open. Stephens, seeded 14th in Wuhan, arrived on Friday and is expected to play her opening match on Monday. Madison Keys, who lost to Stephens in the all-American final in New York, will face qualifier Varvara Lepchenko in her opener.
Other winners included Ashleigh Barty, Monica Puig, Sorana Cirstea and Christina McHale.
Nadal's path to a possible sixth Madrid title was cleared of second seeded Daniil Medvedev and fourth-seeded Monte Carlo champion Stefanos Tsitsipas who were both shock third round losers.
The Australian, who turns 25 on Saturday, rallied after a dream first set in the quarter-final from Pliskova, who broke Barty twice.
The Australian will be one of the favourites at Roland Garros after her victory there in 2019 and because of her excellent recent form.