Krejčíková was once again not enough for Sabalenková in Stuttgart, Plíšková was in the 2nd round

For the third time in a row, Barbora Krejčíková was not enough to beat world number two Aryna Sabalenková, and after losing 2:6, 3:6, she finished in the second round of the clay tournament in Stuttgart. The Czech fought the favorite Belarus for one hour and 17 minutes. Only the opening match awaited Karolína Plíšková today, and she beat eighth seed Maria Sakkariová of Greece 6:2, 6:3.

Jiří Lehečka entered the clay tournament in Banja Luka with a 6:4, 6:3 victory over Frenchman Gaël Monfils. In the second round, he will face Moldavia’s Radu Albot who he has never met on the ATP circuit. A difference of more than 70 places in the world rankings favors Cech.

12 World No. Today at the Porsche Grand Prix, Sabalenková dominated, relying on her great service, she served ten aces and, conversely, broke Krejčíková’s serve three times.

Plíšková made her clay court debut this year against Sakkariová, and her next opponent will be Donna Vekičová of Croatia. The 31-year-old Czech, who won the Stuttgart title in 2018 and in a Porsche as a traditional gift from sponsors, avenged the Greek’s loss at Indian Wells. He beat the world number nine in 72 minutes and led 4:3 in the balance of the match.

The Loun native beat her opponent, also playing on clay for the first time this season, twice in both sets. She faced only one break point on serve, which she avoided in the opening set.

Sixth seed Lehečka took the former world number 6’s serve in the opening game and didn’t let him get a break point until the end of the set. In the second set, the best Czech led 5:2 after two more breaks. Then, even though she didn’t even win a fifth of her own serve, she ended the match in the next game after less than an hour and a half.

Lehečka should play Monfils, who is currently ranked 322nd and started the tournament in Bosnia and Herzegovina thanks to a free card, already on Tuesday. Due to the rain, the first match between the two tennis players was postponed until today.

Men’s tennis tournament in Barcelona (clay, subsidy 2,872,435 euros):

Singles – 2nd round:

Tsitsipas (2-Greek) – Cachín (Arg.) 6:4, 6:2, Sinner (4-It.) – Schwartzman (Arg.) 6:2, 6:4, Khachanov (6-Rus.) – Jarry (Chile) 6:4, 6:4, Norrie (7-England) – Kotov (Russia) 6:1, 6:2, De Minaur (8-Austria) – Shevchenko (Russia) 6:0, 6:1, Musetti (9-It.) – Kubler (Aust.) 6:3, 6:1, Dimitrov (11-Bulg.) – Gómez (Eku.) 6:3, 6:1, Evans (12 – Brit.) – Arnaldi (It.) 6:4, 6:3, Shapovalov (14-Can.) – Kovalík (SR) 6:4, 6:3, F. Cerúndolo (15-Arg.) – Passaro ( It.) 6: 2, 6:2, Nishioka (16-Japan) – Goffin (Belgium) 6:1, 7:5.

Men’s tennis tournament in Banja Luka (clay, subsidy 630,705 euros):

Singles – first half:

Light (6-Czech Republic) – Monfils (Fr.) 6:4, 6:3, Barrere (8-Fr.) – Medjedovic (Serbia) 7:6 (8:6), 7:5, Džumhur (Bosnia) – Broady (Brit.) 6:3, 6:0, Varillas (Peru) – Gaston (Fr.) 7:5, 6:3.

2nd round:

Djokovic (1-Serbia) – Van Assche (Fr.) 6:7​​(4:7), 6:3, 6:2, Djere (Serbia) – Corič (3-Croatia) 6:4, 6 : 7 (1:7), 6:4, Molčan (SR) – Popyrin (Aust.) 7:6 (7:4), 4:6, 7:5.

Men’s tennis tournament in Munich (clay, subsidy 630,705 euros):

Doubles – first half:

PavlasekBrown (CZ/Jam.) – Chardy, Humbert (Fr.) 3:6, 6:3, 10:8.

Women’s tennis tournament in Stuttgart (clay, subsidy 780,637 euros):

Singles – first half:

Pliskova (Czech Republic) – Sakkariová (8-Greece) 6:2, 6:3, Gauffová (5-USA) – Kuděrmětová (Russia) 6:2, 4:6, 7:6 (7:3), Rybakinová ( 6 -Kaz.) – Niemeierová (German) 7:5, 6:3.

2nd round:

Sabalenková (2-Bel.) – Krejčíková (Czech Republic) 6:2, 6:3, Džábirová (3-Tun.) – Ostapenková (Lot.) 1:6, 7:5, 6:3.

Doubles – first half:

KolodziejovaRosolská (Czech Republic/Poland) – Su Yi-fan, Yang Chao-süan (China) 3:6, 6:2, 10:4.

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