The second racket of Ukraine Lesya Tsurenko won the first match at a major tournament WTA Premier Qatar.
Tsurenko in the first round of the tournament in Doha was supposed to play with Caroline Garcia, but the French had not time to recover after a hard week in the World group of the fed Cup and has withdrawn from the tournament due to health problems.
New opponent Tsurenko was 94-ranked Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino. In personal meetings Les was leading 3:1 and was considered the favorite of the match.
Complex wind situation didn’t become a hindrance for Tsurenko, in long rallies Les at the expense of stability regularly outplayed the Spaniard.
The defining moment of the match occurred in the middle of the second party, when Tsurenko with the score 2:3 played the break-point. After that no problem Ukrainka Arruabarrena-Vecino could not create. The rest of the match, Tsurenko has won 10 games in a row, and his serve won back three break points.
In the first match in Doha Tsurenko has served 2 aces, made 2 double faults, won 67% of points with first serve and sold 6 of the 13 break points.
For an exit in the quarterfinals of the WTA Premier event Lesya Tsurenko argue with the ex-first racket of the world Simona Halep.
Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino (Spain) – Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine)– 3:6, 0:6