The Battle of the Qualifiers in Sydney. Magdalena Fręch gave chase in the third set

Magdalena Fręch and Elena-Gabriela Ruse fought a three hundred battle in the WTA 500 tournament in Sydney. In the decisive set, the Pole set off in pursuit, but the Romanian tennis player turned out to be better in the match of the qualifiers.

Łukasz Iwanek

Łukasz Iwanek

Magdalena Fręch

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Tennis players who passed the qualification met in the first round of the event in Sydney. Magdalena Fręch (WTA 105) dealt with Australian Alana Parnaby and French Oceane Dodin. Elena-Gabriela Ruse (WTA 82) had rivals from the same countries, Alexandra Osborne and Fiona Ferro. On Tuesday, the Romanian advanced further, defeating Poland 6: 2, 3: 6, 6: 4.

Ruse boldly attacked, entered the court and ended driving actions with volleys. Fręch changed the rhythm, she used slides, but there was not enough decisiveness in her game. In the second game, she gave a pass, wrapping the forehand in the net. Romanian women did not show any weaknesses for a long time. However, a moment came when a lot of nervousness crept into her actions. In the fifth game, she made a few mistakes and lost the service from 40-0. At the break point, she misses a smash.

Ruse was persistent in her game, sending sharp and deep balls. Fręch presented too passive attitude and was constantly late to play the opponent. The Romanian won a long rally in her favor and scored a break at 4: 2. The tennis player from Bucharest followed the blow and once again took the Polish application. She established the result of the first set at 6: 2 with a spectacular backhand.

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At the opening of the 2nd game, Ruse gave an application throwing out a forehand. Fręch played more aggressively, and the second gem added even more enthusiasm. In it, she counted four break points, three of which with 0-40 winning sites. The Polish woman sent longer balls and the rival could not attack so freely. Łódź also retained better. The Romanian, feeling under pressure, gave the pass a double error in the fifth game.

Ruse set off to recover and had her breakout with a final return. The failing service prevented her from getting close to 3: 4. After making a double mistake, she was losing 2: 5. The ending was also nervous by Fręch. Two broken fords cost her a pass in the eighth game. After a while, there was another breakthrough. Romanian put her backhand in the net and the second set was over.

The festival of breakthroughs took place in the third party. A very unsuccessful slide and a double mistake cost Fręch a loss of service in the first and third games. In the second pass, Ruse sent her backhand into the net. Romania was intertwining good games with unsuccessful ones. The Polish woman still tried to play deep balls, but also spoiled more and more. After defending the break point, Ruse came out at 3: 1. The Romanian had the opportunity at 4: 1, but the brave Fręch saved herself with a great forehand. There was a fierce fight for every point, but the most important ones were taken by the tennis players from Bucharest.

The Polish woman could equalize for 3: 3, but the rival defended herself. After a while, the Łódź player kept the pass after repelling the break point. She could lose 2: 5, and after a while there was a draw 4: 4. The Romanian woman, a volcano of emotions, withstood the hardships of the exchange less and less. A shot backhand made her pass. The last word, however, belonged to the unequal but more aggressive Ruse. With a combination of a deep return and a forehand, she made a 5: 4 break. In the 10th game, Fręch defended the first match ball with a backhand pass. The second Romanian used a great forehand, which was the driving force of her game throughout the match.

In the two-hour and 19-minute match, Fręch served seven aces and Ruse made seven double mistakes. The Pole scored only 12 out of 36 points with her second pass. There have been 15 breaches, eight of which are in favor of Romania.

Ruse made two very successful clay court appearances on the WTA Tour last season, both in July. In Hamburg she won the title, and in Palermo she recorded the final (both WTA 250). Last year, Fręch also achieved the greatest triumph in her career, but at a slightly lower level. The winner was Challenger (WTA 125) in Concord (USA).

It was the third meeting of these tennis players. In 2016 in Koksijde (ITF), Ruse enjoyed the win, and in 2020 in Prague, Fręch won. In the second round of the event in Sydney, the Romanian will face the seeded fourth Estonian Anett Kontaveit.

Sydney Tennis Classic, Sydney (Australia)
WTA 500, hard court, prize pool of 703.5 thousand. dollars
Tuesday, January 11

First round of singles:

Elena-Gabriela Ruse (Romania, Q) – Magdalena Fręch (Poland, Q) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

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