NOS Sport•Today, 15:55
Arantxa Rus has had little fun at the Warsaw WTA tournament. The best Dutch tennis star of the moment (WTA-75) had already not been lucky with the draw and only started playing tennis after Sara Errani had already won a set, but could not prevent a defeat: 1-6, 7-5, 5 -7.
The 35-year-old Errani is the former number five in the world, who reached the final of Roland Garros in 2012 and has even won all grand slam tournaments in doubles – the Australian Open even twice. The glory years, however, are now in the distant past of the Italian, who, as number 127 on the global tennis ladder, needed the qualifications to reach the main tournament.
Rus still dreams of a place in the best fifty in the world, but did not radiate that in the first half hour. On Errani’s serve, she only made one point in the first set. And in fact: she received that as a gift after a double fault by the Italian, against whom Rus had won in March in Marbella – and also on clay.
How different was the second set. Although Rus once again gave in her own service three times, he suddenly had a better view of Errani’s service, who had to allow no less than four breaks. At 5-4, the 31-year-old from Delft did not yet manage to serve out the set, but at 6-5 he succeeded after a breakpoint on the second set point.
But again the tide turned. Errani started the third set with two love games on her own service and then broke her opponent’s both times. And with that, Rus’ chances seemed to be over, but he didn’t want to surrender without a fight.
She fought her way back from 0-5 to 4-5, including through two clear saves. But then, despite 40-0 on own service and a total of five game points, it still went wrong. On the second match point, Errani took the match definitively.
Sick Greek track not in Kitzbühel
Tallon Greek track had to withdraw from the ATP tournament in Kitzbühel. The global number 46 is sick.
As a result, Greek track misses out on a lot of ranking points, because Matteo Berrettini’s cancellation made him one of the four highest ranked players in the first round. Now he earns absolutely nothing and the Russian lucky loser Ivan Gachov was allowed to take on Yannick Hanfmann in his place, with the aim of a place in the quarterfinals.