Urszula Radwańska did not follow in the footsteps of Weronika Falkowska – she lost 2:6, 1:6 to Kristina Kucova and is out of BNP Paribas Poland Open.
The winner was very happy about the match, especially considering the fact that:
– It’s never easy to play Ula, I’ve known it for years because we used to compete in juniors. I knew I had to stay aggressive and stick to the plan – said Kucova. The highlight of their rivalry was US Open 2007 girls’ final, lost 3:6, 6:1, 6:7 by the Pole.
– I’m sad because it is an opportunity to play in front of a home crowd and I was awarded a wild card. I really wanted to play in Gdynia even though I had very little time to switch from hard courts to clay. This is not my favorite surface and I simply underperformed – summarized Radwańska.
In the second round Kucova will face Irina Bara, a Romanian coached by Justyna Jegiołka. Bara defeated Federica di Sarra of Italy 6:3, 1:6, 7:5 on Monday. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (6:3, 6:3 vs Russia’s Anna Blinkova) will play against Anna Bondar of Hungary (7:5, 6:3 vs Russia’s Valeriia Olianovskaia). Weronika Falkowska and Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova (7:6, 6:2 vs Katie Volynets of USA) don’t know who they will face on Wednesday yet. Most of the remaining first round clashes are scheduled for Tuesday.
Matches begin at 11 a.m. – Weronika Baszak will start off on Centre Court against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Not before 3 p.m. Katarzyna Kawa will face Tereza Mrdeza and this match will be followed by a meeting between Magdalena Fręch and Nuria Parrizas-Diaz of Spain. Doubles matches including Polish pairings will also take place on Tuesday.
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