STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Magdalena Rybarikova downs top seed Mladenovic at Zhuhai

Slovakia's number one Magdalena Rybarikova beat top seed and French star Kristina Mladenovic at the WTA Elite Trophy.

Published: 01st November 2017 06:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st November 2017 06:27 PM   |  A+A-

Magdalena Rybarikova . | AP

By AFP

ZHUHAI: Slovakia's number one Magdalena Rybarikova beat top seed and French star Kristina Mladenovic at the WTA Elite Trophy on Wednesday in a tight match at the round robin tournament.

Rybarikova, who reached her maiden Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon this year, overcame Mladenovic 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (7/5) in two hours and 48 minutes at the Hengqin International Tennis Centre in Zhuhai.

The Slovakian, ranked 22 in the world, started off well by firing two aces in the first set.

Mladenovic stormed back in the second, winning six out of seven games while Rybarikova had a medical time out.

In the third set both players put up a strong fight to take it to a tiebreaker, and Rybarikova squandered a total of six match points before she finally sealed her victory.

"(There were) ups and downs from my side, but... there's a lot of things to take out from this match, lots of positives," Mladenovic told journalists afterwards, adding that Rybarikova was a "great player".

Twenty-four-year-old Mladenovic is the number one seed at the season-ending tournament and ranked at a career-high number 10.

The round robin format means she still has a chance to qualify for the semis.

But her first-match loss in Zhuhai follows a recent poor run, including an upset by Croatian Jana Fett at the Japan Women's Open in September, where she was also top seed.

Earlier in the season she reached the semi-finals at Indian Wells -- a result which saw her break into the world top 20 for the first time, temporarily overtaking Caroline Garcia as French number one.

"(It was) a pretty unique season," she said when asked about her performance. 

"The second part is dramatic, is terrible. The first part is also dramatic but in a positive way."

However, despite "the tricky journey", the French number two said she had improved a lot.

Later, the youngest player in the tournament and ninth seed Australia's Ashleigh Barty cruised to victory over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in just one hour and 11 minutes, with scores of 6-4, 6-1, firing nine aces.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tennis news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp