The tennis player from Volgograd Natalia Vikhlyantseva didn’t get revenge for her loss in Australia against fellow countrywoman Valeria Savinykh losing in three sets 6/2, 4/6, 1/6 in 1 h 53 mins.
In the 1st set Natalia played better and won it but she lost the opening game on her serve at the beginning of the 2nd set and let the opponent gain the advantage. Only in the middle of the set could Vikhlyantseva break back. At 3/3 Nalalia was serving, there was a see-saw game but she held. Yet, the tennis player from Ekaterinburg rallied to turn the tide winning the second set (6/4) and dominated in the third (6/1).
In the next round Valeria Savinykh will take either on former Russian Aryna Rodionova representing Australia or Kathinka von Deichmann (Liechtenstein).