Varvara Gracheva knocks out Caroline Wozniacki to advance to 2nd round in Cincinnati

Varvara Gracheva knocks out Caroline Wozniacki to advance to 2nd round in Cincinnati

Beaten in qualifying but fished out after the withdrawal of Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, hit in the right foot, Varvara Gracheva (23) won in two sets (6-4, 6-4) Tuesday in the first round of Cincinnati against Caroline Wozniacki, back on the circuit after three years of absence and two maternity wards.

Led by a break in the first set, the Danish comeback saved a set point on an ace, then a second on a too long ball from her opponent, ten years her junior. But the Frenchwoman then converted her third set point, on her serve this time, to win the first set before taking Wozniacki’s serve at the start of the second.

Wozniacki saves two match points

The Dane got two break points at 4-3, 15-40 for her opponent in the second set but a return in the net, then a forehand rocket from the Frenchwoman, prevented her from grabbing her chance. Two games later, and despite two match points dismissed by Wozniacki, it was Gracheva, 45th in the world, who won the game.

In the second round, the French player will be opposed to the Russian Daria Kasatkina (13th in the world), who clearly won against the American Peyton Stearns (6-2, 6-1) earlier in the day.

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