BERLIN ( Associated Press) — Ons Jabur started her grass-court season with a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 win over Karolina Muchova at the Berlin Open on Tuesday, while local Andrea Petkovic delighted fans by upset Garbine Muguruza. did.
In his first meeting since a surprise defeat in the first round of the French Open, fourth-placed Jabeur looked confident and saved all four break points against the Czechs.
Jabeur, the tournament’s top seed and last year’s Wimbledon quarter-finalist, will now face Alicia Parks, who is out of the qualifying round.
The Tunisian player will be joined by Serena Williams, who is making her return to tennis, for doubles in Eastbourne next week.
“Excited to play doubles with Serena,” Jabeur said. “When I got the news, I felt over the moon. It’s a huge privilege.”
Petkovic defeated Petra Kvitova 7-6(8), 6-4 to beat fifth-seeded Muguruza for her first win against a top-10 rival at the 2019 US Open.
The German will face Aleksandra Sasnovi of Belarus for a place in the quarter-finals.
Second-seeded Maria Sakari easily advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-2 win over France’s Léolia Jeanjean, who had just come from the qualifying round. Sakkari avenged her 2013 loss against JeanJean and will now have Australian Daria Saville as her opponent.
Belinda Bencic, who came with a wild card, defeated Germany’s Jule Niemeyer 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. The Swiss will play against Anna Kalinskawa in the second round. Bencic had defeated Russia in the same round at the Hertogenbosch tournament last week.