Ana Bondar, Dalma Galfi and Fabian Marzan also successfully won the first round of qualifying at the clay court tennis tournament in Rome.
Bondar, ranked 93rd in the world rankings, had the easiest task in principle, as her opponent was France’s Amandine Hess (707) as the fifth seed to qualify. The Hajdúszoboszló SE player has lost her previous eight matches on the WTA Tour, managing to win just three of her 14 matches this year, and left the court triumphant most recently in Lyon in January. But this time, he brought the paper form and won in straight sets.
Galfi (91) bumped into Eugenie Bouchard (233), who had seen better days as the seventh seed, and whom she lost to in their only meeting so far in Ostrava last year. The Canadian opponent competed in the 2014 Wimbledon final and ranked fifth in the WTA rankings, but since then due to declining form and injuries she has completely disappeared from the top. Balatonfüred took the first set of the match in Rome in abbreviated form, then in the continuation of the break at 4: 3, and then served the match, which lasted 1 hour 47 minutes.
On the men’s side, Marosa faced 135th-ranked Timofey Skatov (144) of Kaha and had plenty of room for improvement, having won just one of his last six matches. The third-placed Hungarian tennis player started with a score of 6: 0, but in the end he beat his opponent in only three sets, in 2 hours 16 minutes.
Marton Vosovic will be present for the main draw fights that start on Wednesday at Foro Italico.
Qualifying Round 1:
Fabian Maruzan (21.) – Timofej Skatov (Kazakhstan) 6:0, 2:6, 7:5
Dalma Galfi (seventh) – Eugenie Bouchard (Canadian) 7:6 (7-4), 6:3
Anna Bondar (5th) – Amandine Hess (France) 6:1, 6:3
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