Surprises continued at the 24th Al Habtoor International Women’s Tennis Championships, as Bulgarian qualifier Isabella Senkova beat second seed Ciseh Zhang of China 6-2 7-6.
And in one of the strongest and most enjoyable matches of the tournament, the most exciting and friendly so far, the Serbian Alexandra Kronic turned her loss in the first group into a victory over the Romanian Anna Bogand, the fifth seed for the tournament, and the holder of the title of “2019 edition”, with a score of 6-4, 7-6, 6-0, In a match that lasted 130 minutes.
In the rest of the matches, the Austrian, who qualified for the preliminary round, beat Romanian Kristina Mito 4-6, 7-6, 6-0, and the Chinese top seed Shui Gang beat India’s Ankita Raina in two sets after 49 minutes, and Belarusian Yulia Hatoka, the previous edition 2020 champion Ukrainian Katrina 6 -2 and 7-6 and the match lasted an hour and a third of an hour.
In a marathon match that lasted for about two hours and 40 minutes, Japan’s Mayo Hebei defeated her stubborn Russian opponent Oksana 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, and Romanian Gelova Georgiana over Indonesia’s Aldela 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
The fourth seed of Slovakia, Kristina Kulova, beat Poland’s Vronica 6-1, 6-2, Russia’s Vitalia Dechenko beat her compatriot Natalia 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in an exciting match, and China’s Jin Wan beat Britain’s Nikta Benz 6-1, 7-5.
As for the doubles, the tournament witnessed 4 matches, the most prominent of which was the victory of the first-seeded doubles, consisting of Kazakh Anna Daniela and Slovakian Victoria Kozmova, over the Russian doubles, which includes Anastasia and her colleague Oksana 6-3 6-5.