After inspiring wins over American Madison Keys and Spain’s Paula Padusa, Vancouver were sharply defeated 6-1 6-3 on Thursday by seed Arina Sabalenka.
As she did on Wednesday against Padusa, Marino was roughed up early in the match, but unlike the day before, she was unable to regain her dominance over her tough opponent. The first race was a one-way road for the Belarusian, who won in just 25 minutes.
In this first round alone, Marino made 15 unforced errors and played only 39% of his first balls, clearly inadequate against a waitress like Sabalenka. He also let Marino slip four break balls.
The Canadian did not manage to break a single one. Her opponent, third in the world rankings, had 6 aces and even hit a few balls of a second over 170 km/h.
The ball was hit hard from the first point. Didn’t give me much leeway. Very impressive. So, I tip my hat to himMarino analyzed during his video conference with reporters at the end of the afternoon.
“I saw his match yesterday and prepared well for it,” Sabalenka said after his victory. She is a good player and she played very well.
Despite the loss, Marino’s singles tournament in Montreal would allow him to make a huge leap in the standings. From 220th place, it will drop to 175th place in the next WTA rankings release on Monday.
It is not easy to climb the ranking, said the main interested party.
It means a lot to me that I was able to do well here at home. I can now build on these successes.
I had a wonderful week here. Being able to beat two women in the top 40 is special.
Marino is now hoping to continue his rise to qualifying for the US Open at the end of August.
The key to success will be to carry this new confidence with me.
The organizers of the prestigious American Championship also announced, Thursday, that the qualifying stages will take place without spectators, due to restrictions related to the Covid-19 epidemic.
Rebecca Marino met Sabalenka later today in my husband’s. Along with compatriot Leila Annie Fernandez, she faced Belarusian and Belgian Elise Mertens in the second round match, where they lost 6-7 (4/7), 2-6.
In the quarter-finals, Sabalenka and Mertens will meet Canadian duo Gabriela Dabrowski and Brazilian Luisa Stefani.
Canadian finalist Bianca Andreescu will play her third-round match early in the evening at the IGA Stadium. She will face Tunisian Anas Jaber, the 22nd racket in the world.
This is the first time in 31 years that two Canadian women have reached the third round at the Canadian Open. Helen Kelesi and Patricia Haypolis were the last to achieve this feat.
In the quarter-finals, Sabalenka will face fellow eighth seed Victoria Azarenka, who ousted Greek 11th seed Maria Skary, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2) after a high-profile competition that lasted 2. h 36 min
In another match in the third round, Spaniard Sara Soribes Tormo beat Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-7 (4/7), 6-0, 6-3.
And American Cory Gauff, got her pass to the quarter-finals after Britain’s Johanna Konta withdrew from a left knee injury. Gauff reached the third round on Wednesday after Russian Anastasia Potapova retired after just 22 minutes of playing in the first set.
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