WTA roundup: Illness knocks Elena Rybakina out of Volvo Car Open

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 28: Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan plays Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain during the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium on March 28, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The highest-seeded player in action Monday at the Volvo Car Open didn’t make it through her first-round match in Charleston, S.C.

Tenth-seeded Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan retired due to a gastrointestinal illness after dropping the first set to American Caty McNally 6-4. Rybakina jumped out to a 4-2 lead before losing the next four games, and then she conceded the match to McNally.

Another Kazakhstan player, 11th-seeded Yulia Putintseva, earned a 7-6 (8), 6-4 win over the United Kingdom’s Harriet Dart. Putintseva lost three set points before the first-set tiebreaker, in which she dropped four more before Dart had a set point at 8-7. However, Putintseva won the next three points to take the set, and she eventually prevailed despite losing her serve twice in the second set.

Other first-round winners included 13th-seeded American Amanda Anisimova, 15th-seeded Russian Veronika Kudermetova, France’s Alize Cornet and Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic.

Copa Colsanitas

Top-seeded Saisai Zheng of China needed less than 80 minutes to beat American Usue Maitane Arconada 6-3, 6-1 in the first round at Bogota, Colombia.

Arconada, a 22-year-old who is ranked 157th in the world, finished with no aces and 13 double faults. Zheng produced one ace but only two double faults.

Elsewhere in the first round, sixth-seeded Jasmine Paolini of Italy cruised to a 6-3, 6-0 win over the United States’ Kristie Ahn. Eighth-seeded Yafan Wang of China edged Colombia’s Emiliana Arango 6-4, 5-7, 7-5. The day’s other winners were Bulgaria’s Viktoriya Tomova, Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele and two Spanish players, Nuria Parrizas Diaz and Aliona Bolsova.

–Field Level Media

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