Jasmine Paolini, the No.1 seed, delivered a stunning performance in the second round of the Jasmin Open Monastir. Despite facing stiff competition from wild card Petra Marcinko, Paolini managed to secure a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory.
During the match, Paolini found herself leading 5-4 in the first set but had just been broken as she served for it. Marcinko, a talented 17-year-old, showcased her impressive power and skill, reminiscent of her junior No.1 ranking in 2022, with a series of winners.
In a gripping moment, Marcinko appeared to have control of the game as she prepared to execute a drive volley winner. However, Paolini surprised everyone by sprinting across the court and delivering a phenomenal forehand pass down the line. This incredible shot not only brought up her first set point but also sealed the set in Paolini’s favor.
Both players came into the tournament with career-high rankings. Paolini, now ranked No.30, recently reached her first WTA 500 semifinal in Zhengzhou. Meanwhile, Marcinko entered the event ranked No.140, riding a six-match winning streak after her ITF W60 title in Caldas da Rainha last month. Paolini’s victory propelled her into the quarterfinals, marking her fifth tour-level quarterfinal of 2023.
Highlights: Burel d. E.Andreeva
Prior to Paolini’s match, No.8 seed Clara Burel faced another challenging opponent in a thrilling three-set battle. Burel ultimately emerged victorious over 19-year-old Erika Andreeva, securing a 6-0, 5-7, 7-6(2) win.
Burel had several opportunities to close out the match, including a match point when she led 5-3 in the second set and a commanding 5-0 lead in the third set. She also held two match points on Andreeva’s serve at 5-1 and a staggering seven more at 5-3.
Despite losing six consecutive games and trailing 6-5, Burel displayed immense composure and determination. She rallied to win 11 of the last 14 points, ultimately converting her 11th match point to secure the victory.
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