BOGOTÁ, Colombia - Top seed Tatjana Maria got off to a winning start at the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogotá, sweeping past Spain’s Georgina García Pérez in straight sets.
The German came into the match after snapping a disappointing streak of nine straight opening-round losses last week in Charleston, with her first tour-level win of 2018 over Lauren Davis. She added to her tally in Bogotá, taking down García Pérez 6-3, 6-2 in just over an hour and 15 minutes.
Maria was playing as Bogotá’s top seed for the first time in her eight previous appearances, although she’s got a title here under her belt after lifting the 2016 doubles trophy with 2012 singles champion Lara Arruabarrena. Maria needed a few games to find her rhythm against García Pérez, one of the tour’s fastest servers.
Playing as a direct main draw entry for the first time in her career, García Pérez is in the midst of a breakthrough season. She played her first WTA main draw matches after battling through qualifying in Budapest and Charleston, and now she’s back to where it all began in Bogotá, where she made her qualifying debut two years ago.
Maria and García Pérez both played a clean, solid game in the opening exchanges, with just one break chance in the first seven games which all went comfortably to the server. But despite having to save that break point in her first service game, Maria raised her level to notch three love service games in the opening set, putting all the pressure on the Spaniard. Maria finally broke through at 5-3, comfortably serving out the set.
In the second, García Pérez’s unforced error count grew as Maria stayed solid, returning everything with interest and weathering the Spaniard’s big serves with four aces. Maria got off to a fast start to break twice and build up a 4-0 lead, and despite García Pérez saving five match points across two games to extend her stay in the match, the German finally closed it out after an hour and 18 minutes.
Up next in Round 2, Maria will take on Chilean qualifier Daniela Seguel, who routed Nicole Gibbs 6-2, 6-2 earlier in the day.
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