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June 28, 2022
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Bad Homburg | Swan sees off Stephens, Kasatkina cruises

British qualifier Katie Swan and top seed Daria Kasatkina both came through their opening matches at the Bad Homburg Open presented by Engel & Voelkers, a WTA 250 tournament, on Sunday, while the first seed to fall, Liudmila Samsonova, was ousted by Kamilla Rakhimova in straight sets.

Swan came from down a set down to beat American Sloane Stephens, 2-6 6-4 6-2, and will play either Canada’s Bianca Andreescu or 7th seed Martina Trevisan from Italy, who are in action on Tuesday, while Kasatkina scored an easy 6-1 6-2 win over Germany’s Andrea Petkovic.

The No 1 seed needed only 67 minutes to see her way through, winning 69% of her first-serve points to the German’s 38%, while also saving 2 of the 3 break points she faced and converting 6 break points on Petkovic’s serve.

In the second round, Kasatkina will play another German, wild-card Jule Niemeier, who won her opening-round match against American Claire Liu, 6-2 6-2, on Monday.

Daria Kasatkina is the top seed at Bad Homburg this week

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9th seed Alizé Cornet reached the round-of-16 with a 6-2 6-4 win over Anna Kalinskaya in the first round and the Frenchwoman now will play wild-card Tatjana Maria, after the German got past Anastasia Potapova, 6-3 5-7 6-3, in their opener.

Lucia Bronzetti moved into round 2 after her first-round opponent, Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan retired mid-match with the score standing in the Italian’s favour 4-6 7-5, 2-0 at the time, and she now awaits either qualifier Anastasia Gasanova or 3rd seeded Angelique Kerber from Germany next.

Belgium’s Greet Minnen also advanced, with a 6-3 6-3 win over lucky loser Misaki Doi from Japan, to play a German in either wild-card Sabine Lisicki, or Tamara Korpatsch.

Lastly, Rakhimova and France’s Caroline Garcia set up a second-round clash against each other after the former upset 8th seed Samsonova, 7-6(6) 6-4, and the latter won against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 2-6 6-3 6-4.

The main show court at Bad Homburg

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