Tennis in Dubai: Bronzetti, Paolini and Cocciaretto ahead

In the 1000 on the hard court of the Emirates, Lucia beats the Russian 7-6 (5) 4-6 7-5 in almost three hours

A super victory, that of Lucia Bronzetti, who gets off to a great start in the main draw of the WTA 1000 in Dubai. The Italian beat the number 10 seed (13th in the world) Daria Kasatkina with difficulty, but with courage and skill, to reach the second round. Lucia, who found herself in the main draw as a lucky loser, taking advantage of Kostyuk’s withdrawal, won 7-6 (5) 4-6 7-5 in a marathon of 2 hours and 45 minutes, in which she found herself in great difficulty (5-2 down in the first set), but she was able to react blow for blow. Eliminated by Hibino in the last qualifying round, Lucia managed to reset herself after this repechage, overturning the prediction. In the second round she will face Potapova (ahead in 3 sets over Zhu).


As a lucky loser (Tsurenko’s forfeit), in the match played yesterday during the triumphs of Sinner and Bolelli/Vavassori, Elisabetta Cocciaretto entered the main draw in a big way. The Marche native defeated the Belgian Mertens in 3 sets, putting things right after losing the first set 6-1. Cocciaretto will play a second round that is on paper prohibitive against Coco Gauff, seeded number 3. Jasmine Paolini also flies into the lower area of ​​the draw: the Italian number 1 had a complicated challenge against the Brazilian Haddad Maia, seeded number 11 (and 14 in the world). Jasmine, after losing the first set, left just 4 games to Haddad Maia, taking her ticket to the second round. Paolini will play against the Canadian Fernandez in a difficult second round (against the world number 18 she lost 3 matches without ever winning a set).