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WTA WTA roundup: Five Czechs in final 16 in Prague

Defending champion Barbora Krejcikova and four other players from the Czech Republic have advanced to the final 16 at the Prague Open.

Krejcikova, the No. 2 seed, cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win Tuesday against Russia’s Anna Blinkova to join No. 8 Marie Bouzkova and three young compatriots in the second round: 18-year-old qualifier Dominika Salkova, and 17-year-old wild-card entries Lucie Havlickova and Linda Noskova.

Other first-round winners included top seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, who beat Georgia’s Ekaterine Gorgodze 6-0, 6-1 in 48 minutes. No. 5 Alize Cornet of France was a 6-2, 6-3 winner against Anastasia Zakharova of Russia. No. 7 Anastasia Potapova of Russia eliminated China’s Xinyu Wang 6-1, 6-2. Russia’s Oksana Selekhmeteva, 19, recorded her first WTA Tour win with a 7-5, 6-4 upset of No. 4 Sorana Cirstea of Romania.

Poland Open

Romania’s Ana Bogdan ousted No. 7 seed Nuria Parrizas-Diaz of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (3) in first-round action before rain halted play in Warsaw.

Only two other matches were completed. No. 10 seed Jasmine Paolini rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 win against Danka Kovinic of Montenegro, and France’s Clara Burel posted a 7-6 (5), 6-1 win against Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

The rain interrupted three other matches in progress.

–Field Level Media

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