ANOTHER SEED LEAVES THE COMPETITION AS FIONA FERRO WINS AGAINST EKATERINA ALEXANDROVA

Palermo confirms being the tournament of surprises. This afternoon, French Fiona Ferro (53) has been the first player to secure her place in quarterfinals as she won against 8th seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova (27) by 7-5, 6-2. As a consequence, Petra Martic (Seed no. 1), Anett Kontaveit (Seed no. 4), Donna Vekic (Seed no. 6) and Dayana Yastremska (Seed no. 7) are the only seeds left in the draw. While Vekic will be playing in the night, the remaining three will all have their second-round matches tomorrow.

“I didn’t expect to win today – said Ferro after the match – but I was ready for a fight”. It will be her second quarterfinal in a row at the Ladies Open – it was her last match during last edition’s tournament as she lost to Liudmila Samsonova. The Frenchwoman will play it against Sara Errani (169) who overcame Kristina Pliskova (69) after a spectacular come-back (3-6, 6-4, 6-3).

Azzurra Jasmine Paolini (95) said goodbye to Palermo after her defeat against Sasnovich (50). It is the best result in Palermo for the Belorussian qualifier, who had lost in Q2 in 2013, her last time in Sicily. “I played very well in the first set because I knew my opponent – she said. I’m ready. I don’t care who I am playing next, my dad told me I will win”.

In doubles, Rus – Zidansek defeated Olaru – Yastremska (7-5, 4-6, 10-8) and Minnen – Van Uytvanck won against Siegemund – Wickmayer (2-6, 7-5, 10-6).

Tomorrow, the second round will come to a conclusion with four matches on Centre Court.

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2020
[8] E. Alexandrova (RUS) vs F. Ferro (FRA) 5-7, 2-6
J. Paolini (ITA) vs [Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) 0-6, 2-6
[WC] S. Errani (ITA) vs K. Pliskova (CZE) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
A. Rus (NED) / T. Zidansek (SLO) vs [2] R. Olaru (ROU) / D. Yastremska (UKR) 7-5, 4-6, 10-8
G. Minnen (BEL) / A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) vs [3] L. Siegemund (GER) / Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 2-6, 7-5, 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, AUGUST 06, 2020
CENTER COURT start 4:00 pm
[4] A. Kontaveit (EST) vs L. Siegemund (GER)
[1] P. Martic (CRO) vs [Q] L. Samsonova (RUS)
C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [Q] K. Juvan (SLO)
[7] D. Yastremska (UKR) vs [LL] O. Dodin (FRA)
COURT 6 start 4:00 pm
G. Gatto-Monticone (ITA) / J. Paolini (ITA) vs A. Rus (NED) / T. Zidansek (SLO)
[1] G. Garcia Perez (ESP) / S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) or L. Paar (ROU) / J. Wachaczyk (GER) vs E. Cocciaretto (ITA) / M. Trevisan (ITA)

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