BUCHAREST, Romania – No.1 seed Anastasija Sevastova kept things neat and tidy at the BRD Bucharest Open on Tuesday, needing just 59 minutes to move into the second round over Jana Cepelova.
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“I played Cepelova couple of times before, and I lost, both of times, so it was very important to me to get this win,” Sevastova told press after the victory. “It was a sweet revenge because I lost to her in Charleston last year.”
Sevastova and the other seeded players advanced with few problems, with No.6 seed Sorana Cirstea being the only seed to fall on Day 2.
The Latvian won 74% of points behind her first serve and saved both of the only two break points she faced to seal the comfortable 6-2, 6-0 victory in just under an hour.
“The first set was close, there were some close games, but in the second set I went through,” she explained.
“I like this tournament. The conditions here suit my game: it’s warm, it’s hot, the ball is jumping and I like to play on clay in this conditions.
“Tomorrow I play a night match, in different conditions, but I hope I can play like today and we’ll see.”
Joining her in Round 2, No.3 seed Julia Goerges needed to mount a comeback over American Alexa Glatch, recovering from a set down to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. No.5 seed Elise Mertens had a simpler road, taking down Quirine Lemoine 6-2, 6-3, while No.8 seed Tatjana Maria defeated Lesley Kerkhove 6-1, 6-2.
Also in action, Danka Kovinic battled past Polish qualifier Magdalena Frech 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Their match clocked in at two hours and 50 minutes long, the longest match of the day. Pauline Parmentier advanced past Arantxa Rus 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.