Getty Images/VCG/Pictured: Magda Lynette
Tuesday’s clash between Magda Linette and Valeria Sawinjic in the first round of the WTA 250 hard court tournament in Nanchang ended in a major upset. How did the Russian media report on the success of their tennis player over the Polish one?
The favorite for the match in the first round of the 2023 Jiangxi Open was Magda Linette (WTA 23), seeded second. Standing in her way was Waleria Sawinjic (WTA 146), with whom the Pole has so far had a positive balance in meetings on international courts.
Their match on Tuesday in Nanchang was full of twists and turns. In the end, after three hours and two minutes of fighting, Sawinich won 7:5, 3:6, 7:6(3) and advanced to the 1/8 finals (more here).
For the Sawins, the victory over Linette was one of the greatest victories of their careers. Despite this, it is difficult to talk about euphoria in the Russian media.
The sport.ru portal reported that the tennis player advanced to the second stage. Her next competitor will be Slovakian Viktoria Hronchakova or Belarusian Alexandra Sasnovich.
Championat.com provided comprehensive statistics on the fight between the Pole and the Russian. It was noted that it was a long match. It was confirmed that the tennis player from Poznań was the second seed in Nanchang.
“Savinic defeated Linnet in a tie-break and advanced to the second round of the tournament in Nanchang,” a report on sport-express.ru said. Here, emphasis was also placed on the numbers related to this match, and it was emphasized that the Russian is still waiting for the opponent.
“The world’s No. 146 racket, Sweeney, beat Linette and reached the second round of the tournament in Nanchang,” Sport24.ru reported. The short report stated, “The Russian tennis player won the first set, but Lynette was stronger in the second. In the third set, the Russian broke the resistance of the world’s No. 23 racket in a tie-break.”
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