Magdalena Froch (106. WTA) i Katarzina Kawa (163. WTA) was the only Polish woman to have qualified for the main bracket of the WTA 1000 tournament Indian wells. The first round matches were played on Monday.
Fręch defended three set pieces
The 23-year-old Magdalena Froche was the favorite in her match. She faced her Australian counterpart Lisette Cabrera (167. Women’s Tennis Association). Both tennis players played together two years ago in the qualifying semi-finals of the hard court tournament in Zhengzhou. Then maybe the Polish girl won 6:3, 6:3.
Now, in the first set, Fręch was leading 4:2, but has since lost three games in a row and been broken twice. In the tenth match, Cabrera had three set balls, but he did not use them. There was a tie-breaker, with Fręch advancing at 5:1 and confidently winning 7:2.
In the second game, Cabrera failed to win any of the four service games. And although the Pole lost her bid twice, she likely won by 6:2. Froch won by as much as 74 percent in the match. Balls after the first pass (Australian 54%).
In two groups, 28-year-old Katarzina Kawa also qualified for the playoffs finals in Indian Wells. Polish women won 6:3, 6:1 themselves about a year older, Argentine Paula Urmaechea (223 WTA). One break in favor of the niche decided the fate of the first party. In the second match, the Argentine never won her bid.
In the playoff final, Fręch will play Canadian Rebecca Marino (157th WTA), and Kawa will play against the match winner: Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium, WTA 132) – Theadora Rabman (USA).
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