Magda Linette was unlucky with the draw during this year’s edition of the China Open. In the first round of the WTA tournament in Beijing, the Poznań player faced Victoria Azarenka, who is a very demanding rival. However, the Pole did not intend to give up without a fight.
The last time Magda Linette and Wiktoria Azarenka faced each other was in Montreal. Back then, the Belarusian was on top and left the Pole in no doubt, winning easily 6-3, 6-0. In turn, even earlier in Miami, the Poznań player was better, so their ranking this year was 1:1.
China Open: Difficult start for Magda Linette
Magda Linette entered the first round match of the China Open very well, as she defended her serve without losing a point. In the next match, Magda Linette quickly took a 30-0 lead and when it seemed that she might be tempted to break the score, the Belarusian scored four points in a row and led to a draw.
Unfortunately, in the fifth game the Pole was broken to zero, but fortunately in the next game she responded exactly the same and led to a draw. When it seemed that this set was heading to a tie-break, Linette once again lost the break point, this time with the score at 5-5. Ultimately, the first game ended with the score 5:7.
Magda Linette turned the tide of the match
The Australian Open semi-finalist did not intend to give up and defeated her opponent with a score of 2:1. For this she only needed two break points. She repeated this feat two games later. Surprisingly, the Poznań player won the second set easily, losing only one game.
The third game couldn’t have started better for the Pole, who once again took advantage of a break point. After a while, it was 3-0 for the Poznań player, after another break. When it seemed that the depressed Azarenka was slowly coming to terms with the defeat, she unexpectedly won the Polish woman’s serve and made the score 3:1. Fortunately, this lost game was only an accident at work by Linette, who in the next part of this set once again broke Azarenka and ultimately triumphed in this set 6:2, and in the whole match 2:1 (5:7, 6:1, 6 :2).