- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Daria Gavrilova followed up her Australian Open fourth-round effort by reaching the second round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy in beating Russian wild card Anna Kalinskaya 6-4, 7-5 on Monday.

The Australian had problems holding serve against Kalinskaya and was a break down in the second set. She will run into another Russian next, third-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, seeded seventh, fell in the first round against Annika Beck of Germany 7-5, 3-6, 6-4. Beck had problems on her first serve but compensated by winning an impressive 72 percent of points on her second serve.

Beck’s reward is a second round with Sweden’s Johanna Larsson or Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva.

Russian wild card Natalia Vikhlyantseva, ranked 115th, made up a 70-place ranking deficit to Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova in a 6-3, 6-4 win. That sets up a match against eighth-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia or last year’s St. Petersburg finalist, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More

Click to Hide