WTA Ricoh Open

Jelena Jankovic Moves on in 2016 Ricoh Open

Favorites Jelena Jankovic, Jelena Ostapenko, Kristina Mladenovic and Belinda Bencic avoid a streak of upsets in round 1 to advance in the 2016 Ricoh Open.

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World no. 25 Jelena Jankovic advances to round 2 at the 2016 Ricoh Open.
World no. 25 Jelena Jankovic advances to round 2 at the 2016 Ricoh Open.

World no. 24 Jelena Jankovic dominates world no. 102 Katerina Siniakova with a 6-4, 6-2 straight sets victory. Jankovic broke Siniakova a total of five times in their one hour and twenty-one minute match. Looking to bounce back from a first round loss in the 2016 French Open, Jankovic was showed a masterful defensive game as well. She avoids getting broken by Siniakova twice in four attempts. Jelena Jankovic was also able to flex her serve a little bit, scoring on 3 aces against just 1 from Siniakova.

Three break points from Jankovic came during critical stages of the second set. After tying 2-2 early, Jankovic raced off to win four consecutive games to take the match. Jelena Jankovic moves on to face world no. 120 Evgeniya Rodina in the second round.

Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina eases past 18-year old Dalma Galfi in their first round match at the 2016 Ricoh Open with a straight sets 6-4, 6-4 win. The world no. 302 Galfi was posed no threats for Rodina, who is twelve years her senior. Should Radian win against Jelena Jankovic, who has beaten her in all of their 3 career matches, she will move inside the top 100 ranking status (2015-world no.84) once again.

After leading 7(7)-6(3), 3-2 against world no. 55 Johanna Larsson, world no. 104 Kateryna Kozlova gains a walkover after Larsson retires twenty-five minutes into the second frame. Kozlova’s upset win gives her first blood against the higher ranked Larsson in their career meetings. The 22-year old Ukranian must now test her mettle against top 40 player Jelena Ostapenko in round two.

Jelena Ostapenko advances to the next round at Ricoh against lower ranked Kateryna Koslova.
Jelena Ostapenko advances to the next round at Ricoh against lower ranked Kateryna Koslova.

World no. 35 Jelena Ostapenko walks over world no. 212 Jovana Jaksic 6-1, 6-0 in their first ever meeting. Ostapenko dominated the Serbian in less than fifty minutes. The first set lasted just 30 minutes, while the 6-0 second set took merely a fraction of that time— 18 minutes.

2016 Rico Open third seed Kristina Mladenovic avenges a 2011 quarterfinal loss in Osaka against world no. 94 Yaroslava Shvedova. Mladenovic, who is fresh from a round 3 exit in her home Grand Slam at Roland Garros, gets a decisive 6-4, 6-3 in straight sets. Mladenovic broke Shvedova five times in their one hour and thirty-one minute match. Kristina Mladenovic’s round 2 opponent is tournament long shot world no. 254 Natalia Vikhlyantseva who advanced a day earlier against world no. 80 Denisa Allertova.

Riding with a wave of upsets at the 2016 Ricoh Open is world no. 124 Risa Ozaki who shocks world no. 61 Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 6-2. Ozaki had to endure the resilient Flipkens for exactly one hour and one minute in the opening set. However, the Japanese 22-year old took control of the second, eliminating Flipkens in a mere twenty-seven minutes. Ozaki moves on through to round two against a fellow upset winner, world no. 113 Viktorija Golubic.

World no. 113 Viktorija Golubic stuns world no. 52 Anna-Lena Friedsam in their first round match.
World no. 113 Viktorija Golubic stuns world no. 52 Anna-Lena Friedsam in their first round match.

The Swiss Golubic meanwhile stuns world no. 52 Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-3, 5-7. The lower ranked Viktorija Golubic gets her first victory against Friedsam in just their third head-to-head. The second round match between upset winners Ozaki and Golubic will be the pair’s second meeting. Golubic defeated Ozaki earlier this year in Hong Kong.

The United State’s world no. 65 Varvara Lepchenko sails past world no. 84 Polona Hercog 6-4, 4-0. Hercog was forced to retire seventeen minutes into the second set. Lepchenko gets a walkover in round one with much needed rest as she is set to face world no. 8 Belinda Bencic in round two.

Tournament first seed Belinda Bencic struggled to put away her first round opponent, world no. 132 Alison Van Uytvanck 6-2, 4-6, 7(7)-6(3). Bencic survives 9 aces and 5 breakpoints against Van Uytvanck in their two hour and seven minute match.  Bencic moves past  the lower ranked Belgian by winning two of the final three games, avoiding match point in all three of those instances.

World no. 119 Aleksandra Krunic adds the rash of upsets at the Ricoh Open with a win against world no. 57 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.
World no. 119 Aleksandra Krunic adds the rash of upsets at the Ricoh Open with a win against world no. 57 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

Adding to the rash of upsets in round one at Ricoh is world no. 119 Aleksandra Krunic who moves past world no. 57 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in straight sets 7(7)-6(0), 6-1. After struggling to take the first set in forty-six minutes, Krunic dominates the 19-year veteran Lucic-Baroni in less than half-an-hour in the second frame. The Serbian will face world no. 171 Elise Mertens who advanced earlier in against Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard.

Netherlands local, world no. 134 Richel Hogenkamp, defeats world no. 216 Eri Hizumi in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. Hogenkamp was able to break Hozumi 4 times in their brief fifty-one minute match. Richel Hogenkamp’s round two opponent is world no. 68 Madison Brengle, who upset world no. 42 Laura Siegemund earlier in the tournament. Brengle holds a 1-0 lead against Hogenkamp, defeating her at Brisbane in 2015.