June 13, 2024

Open Court

MORE TENNIS THAN YOU'LL EVER NEED

Another week with three WTA-level events on tap.

Of course, they come at the end of the season when a lot of the more high-ranked players are kind of done and dusted.

Still, they’re great opportunities for players to earn points, and for some of the parts of the world that don’t get much, if any, top-level women’s tennis to see it – notably in Tunisia.

The dynamic duo of Ons Jabeur and Venus Williams were supposedly getting a wild card into the doubles together in Monastir. This seems to have somehow faded into the mists. Which is too bad.

Because it’s an unknown quantity whether that country, which hosts lower-level Futures events on a weekly basis for the men and women, can support a WTA Tour event without its big local pride.

(Nanchang is 12 hours ahead of ET; Cluj-Napoca is seven hours ahead, and Monastir is five hours ahead).

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Jiangxi Open
Location: Nanchang, China
Category: WTA 250
Surface: Outdoor Hard
Dates: Oct. 16 – 22, 2023
Prize money: $259,303
Draws: S32 – D16

Monday, Oct. 16, 2023
Final results

Singles, first round

Diana Shnaider (RUS) def. [5] Zhu Lin (CHN) 64 60

[8] Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) def Jiang Xinyu (CHN) 64 60

[LL] Amina Anshba (RUS) def Elina Avanesyan (RUS) 26 76 (4) 64
Kimberly Birrell (AUS) def. [Q] Wei Sijia (CHN) 75 75
Camila Osorio (COL) def. [Q] Ma Ye-Xin (CHN) 61 60
Vera Zvonareva (RUS) def. Arianne Hartono (NED) 61 62

Doubles, first round

[2] Laura Siegemund (GER) / Vera Zvonareva (RUS) def Jessy Rompies (INA) / Prarthana Thombare (IND) 63 75
[3] Tereza Mihalikova (SVK) / Xu Yifan (CHN) def. [WC] Feng Shuo / Zheng Wushuang (CHN) 75 64
[4] Eri Hozumi / Makoto Ninomiya (JPN) def [WC] Dang Yiming / Xun Fang Ying (CHN) 76 (4) 62

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Transylvania Open by Verdina
Location: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Category: WTA 250
Surface: Indoor Hard
Dates: Oct. 16 – 22, 2023
Prize money: $259,303
Draws: S32 – D16

Monday, Oct. 16, 2023
Final results

Singles, first round

[Q] Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) def [7] Kateryna Baindl (UKR) 63 16 61

[4] Rebeka Masarova (ESP) def. Noma Noha Akugue (GER) 64 60
[8] Jodie Burrage (GBR) def. Ankita Raina (IND) 60 62

[WC] Nikola Bartunkova (CZE) def Dayana Yastremska (UKR) 75 64
[WC] Miriam Bulgaru (ROU) def [Q] Ipek Oz (TUR) 75 63
[PR] Patricia Tig (ROU)
def. [Q] Martha Matoula (GRE) 64 67 (5) 63

Doubles, first round

[1] Alycia Parks (USA) / Elena-Gabriela Ruse (ROU) def. [WC] Briana Szabo / Ilinca Amariei (ROU) 61 62 
[4] Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) / Monica Niculescu (ROU) def. Ali Collins (GBR) / Andrea Gamiz (VEN) 62 36 [10-5]

Irina Bara / Jaqueline Cristian (ROU) def. [WC] Viktoriiya Tomova (BUL) / Mara Gae (ROU) 67 (3) 76 (5) [10-4]
Léolia Jeanjean (FRA) / Valeriya Strakhova (UKR) def Valentini Grammatikopoulou (GRE) / Elixane Lechemia (FRA) 62 62

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Jasmine Open Monastir
Location: Monastir, Tunisia
Category: WTA 250
Surface: Outdoor Hard
Dates: Oct. 16 – 22, 2023
Prize money: $259,303
Draws: S32 – D16

Monday, Oct. 16, 2023
Final results

Singles, first round

Nadia Podoroska (ARG) def [5] Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 36 64 75

[8] Clara Burel (FRA) def. Cristina Bucsa (ESP) 62 62

Sara Errani (ITA) def. Tamara Zidansek (SLO) 62 67 (6) 63
Iryna Shymanovich (RUS) def Laura Pigossi (BRA) 63 62
Lucrezia Stefanini (ITA) def [Q] Camila Rosatello (ITA) 57 63 61

Doubles, first round

[3] Weronika Falkowska (POL) / A Siskova (CZE) def. Freya Christie (GBR) / Despina Papamichail (GRE) 16 64 [14-12]

Magdalena Frech / Katarzyna Kawa (POL) def. Marina Bassols Ribera / Jessica Bouzas Maneiro (ESP) 64 62
Mai Hontama (JPN) / Natalija Stevanovic (SRB) def. [WC] Chiraz Bechri / Feryel Ben Hassen (TUN) 61 64
Aliona Bolsova (ESP) / Natela Dzalamidze (BLR) def. [WC] Hiba Heni / Raim Rassil (TUN) 62 61

 

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