Bencic wins its debut in 2022; Tomljanovic to play Badosa in Sydney

Delayed in her start until 2022, Belinda Bencic only needed a short time to start and run and reach the second round of the Sydney Tennis Classic.

The reigning Olympic gold medalist, unranked this week at the WTA 500 event, only needed 69 minutes to defeat Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia, 6-3, 6-2, at the inside the Ken Rosewall Arena. Bencic never faced the breaking point in victory and beat Haddad Maia three times on four occasions.

“It’s very difficult to play the first game of the year. In fact, I felt good today,” Bencic said on the pitch in the victory. “I think it’s just a matter of taking it slow, of not putting so much pressure at the start of the year, of taking the time to get started.”

Sprint in front of left-handers: Playing against Haddad Maia for the first time, Bencic had a history of success against lefties to draw on – including a win over Marketa Vondrousova in Tokyo last summer to clinch gold.

Overall in 2021, she posted a 9-2 record over lefties, and Tuesday’s win was her fifth straight win over a southpaw.

“I do not like too much [playing] lefties and last year I felt like … I was playing lefties all the time. It’s really hard to come back, the bigger Bia is and the rotation is just different. It’s completely upside down! “

– Belinda Bencic

Next step for Bencic: Bencic will then face either a qualifier or a lucky loser for a place in the quarter-finals, in the form of the Mexican Giuliana Olmos or the French Oceane Dodin.

Ajla Tomljanovic advances to face Paul Bados

After the withdrawal of world No.1 Ashleigh Barty and the defeats in the first round against wildcards Priscilla Hon and Astra Sharma, the people of Sydney had much to celebrate thanks to Ajla Tomljanovic.

The second-highest-ranked Australian behind Barty advanced to the second round with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Slovak qualifier Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, qualifying for a showdown against No.5 seed Paula Badosa.

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Tomlajnovic’s two career wins over Schmiedlova came almost four years apart, with a spectacular 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6) incline in Monterrey, Mexico, ushering in their face- Head-to-head in 2018. After racing for a one-set lead, supported by a 3-0 start, Tomljanovic rallied to that scoring line in the second set. Trailing 3-0 and 0-40 on serve, the world No.45 won six straight games to wrap up the game.

Words from the winner: “These two sets were 2 and 3, but it almost looked like a three sets. There were so many long rallies. I lost my focus a bit to go down 3-0, but she did very well played the whole game. I’m really happy to be done, “said Tomljanovic.

“She’s already won two matches and she’s got a little more used to the conditions, maybe … [at 0-3, 0-40], I thought it could, most likely, get into a third, but I still wanted to keep playing good tennis, so I got the momentum for the third. I guess this mindset helps you keep believing that you can make a difference too. “

Tomljanovic and Badosa have never played.


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