Rus seemed to be sitting on roses early on, after she won the first set and immediately took a break lead in the second. However, she then lost three saves in a row, forcing Cirtea to force a third set.
Partly due to four breaks in a row, it went on evenly. At 5-4, Rus got two match points on the service of the Romanian, but she was unable to use them. Rus was then upset and could only make one point in the last two games.
Series of defeats
For Russian, 2022 is not going as desired for the time being. At WTA level she lost eight of her twelve matches and in the Billie Jean King Cup she also suffered two defeats. The 31-year-old tennis player is 74th in the world ranking, making her the highest ranked Dutch player.
In Istanbul, she started yesterday with a convincing victory (6-3, 6-1) over Ipek Öz. The Turkish is only the number 219 in the world.