The top seed in action on Tuesday at the Guadalajara Open made it through her opening match unscathed as Maria Sakkari defeated Marta Kostyuk 6-4 6-4.
Sakkari is one of the players needing a strong result in the tournament to break into the top-eight of the world rankings to qualify for the upcoming WTA Finals, entering the week at 10th, but only needing to make up one spot, with number eight Simona Halep out due to injury.
With her victory over Kostyuk, Sakkari avoided notching four consecutive losses for the first time this season, and will likely only need one more win to move into WTA Finals contention.
Her next opponent appears to be world number 16 Danielle Collins, who had no issue dispatching American compatriot Caroline Dolehide 6-4 6-1 to book her second-round fixture against Magdalena Frech after the Polish qualifier beat Yulia Putintseva 6-3 6-4.
World number seven Daria Kasatkina also should be locked into the WTA Finals after cruising past China’s Lin Zhu 6-1 6-2, while 18th-ranked Beatriz Haddad Maia’s season is over after a disappointing 7-5 6-2 upset loss to Katerina Siniakova.
Third Top 20 win of the season 🙌@K_Siniakova kicks off her stay in Guadalajara with a win!#GDLOPENAKRON pic.twitter.com/uAGgp2E3w7
— wta (@WTA) October 18, 2022
Petra Kvitova needed to reach the final to have a chance of qualifying, but after a strong first set she fell 3-6 6-2 6-0 against Canada’s Bianca Andreescu. In a good day for the Canadians, Eugenie Bouchard also beat Kayla Day 7-5 6-3 as the former world number five fights her way back up the rankings after a long injury layoff.
Italy’s Elisabetta Cocciaretto defeated Russia’s Anastasia Potapova 6-2 6-1, while Latvia’s top talent Jelena Ostapenko cruised past America’s Lauren Davis 6-1 6-3.
Madison Keys was too strong for Magda Linette in a 6-3 6-3 triumph, and in an all-Czech matchup, Marie Bouzkova downed Tereza Martincova 6-2 7-5.
Croatia’s Donna Vekic eliminated Brazil’s Laura Pigossi 6-4 6-1, and Italy’s Martina Trevisan showed why she is top-30 in the world with a convincing 6-4 6-3 straight sets win against Japan’s Nao Hibino.
In the last match of the night, world number 10 Caroline Garcia survived an early scared to come from behind and defeat Rebecca Marino 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-5).