From Roland Garros to Alicante to Linz, Nadia Podoroska wins again
Playing in her first match since her magical run at Roland Garros, Nadia Podoroska produced a solid display to reach the second round of the Upper Austria Ladies Linz.
The Argentine, playing in the main draw at the French Open for the first time, reached the semi-final in Paris in October to become the first qualifier to reach the last four.
After her fairytale display, she took time off before returning to action in Linz on Wednesday and she wasted no time to defeat Irina-Camelia Begu 6-4, 6-4.
.@nadiapodoroska moves 🔛
— wta (@WTA) November 11, 2020
“This year I learned a lot about myself, about my game. It was a very good year for me,” the sixth-seeded Podoroska said. “I improved many things [in my game], that was the most important thing.
“After [Roland Garros], I went back to Alicante. I live there, I train in Spain. I basically rested for one week, and then I started training again. So my life didn’t change too much; I’m playing another tournament, so my life is quite the same.”
Next up is Camila Giorgi after the Italian defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
Second seed Elise Mertens also advanced, but the Belgian was forced to work for her win as she came from a set down to beat Anhelina Kalinina 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.
“It may not have been the best match I played,” Mertens said. “It was a bit of a struggle in the first set. She played pretty aggressively and didn’t make a lot of mistakes.
“I tried to change in the second and third sets where I was stepping into the court more. I was mentally prepared for a battle, and it was certainly a battle until the end.”
She will face Vera Zvonareva for a place in the quarter-final after the Russian wildcard defeated Marta Kostyuk on Tuesday.
Roger Federer sends fans crazy with a social media post ahead of his return to action
The moment Roger Federer fans have waited almost a years to see is nearly here as he prepares to return to action next week.
Garbine Muguruza into the final in Qatar after Victoria Azarenka pulls out
Victoria Azarenka withdrew ahead of the Qatar Total Open semi-finals to send Garbine Muguruza.
Stefanos Tsitsipas sets up showdown with Andrey Rublev in Rotterdam
Stefanos Tsitsipas is into the semi-finals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
Lawn Tennis Association determined to show commitment to inclusion and diversity
Seven people from diverse backgrounds have been appointed to the LTA Council.
Andy Murray’s tips on how to make sure you stay injury-free when tennis resumes after lockdown
Andy Murray is back with some tips.
WATCH: Kei Nishikori reveals he wanted to be a penguin when he was young
Kei Nishikori with some quality content.
‘He will play top-level tennis again because he is that good’ – Andy Murray on Roger Federer’s return
Andy Murray on Roger Federer’s return.
Tennis Top 10
Top 10 oldest WTA singles champions: Billie Jean King top, but Venus and/or Serena Williams could pip her
A look at your oldest WTA singles title winners.
Serena Williams and her ‘mini-me’ Olympia wear matching catsuits in debut joint fashion campaign
“The adventures of Serena and Olympia continue…”
WATCH: Benoit Paire argues with umpire, spits on mark, crashes out and then Tweets ‘it’s worth it to suck’
Benoit Paire makes controversial exit.