WTA roundup: Gasparyan upset at Baltic Open

Romania’s Irina Bara moved into the second round of the inaugural Baltic Open when No. 5 seed Margarita Gasparyan was forced to retire while trailing 6-4, 4-6, 4-0 on Monday in Jurmala, Latvia.

The Russian took a medical timeout down 0-3 in the third set and was stretching her knee between points before bowing out after 2 hours, 7 minutes.

Bara saved nine of 13 break points and tallied 17 winners and 24 unforced errors, while Gasparyan finished with 60 unforced errors and 33 winners.

In other first-round action, Latvia’s Diana Marcinkevica defeated Russia’s Kamilla Rakhimova 6-4, 6-3, and Slovenia’s Dalila Jakupovic eliminated Romania’s Ana Bogdon 6-3, 7-6 (5).

Palermo Ladies Open

No. 4 seed Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia defeated Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 6-3 in the first round as the WTA tour returned to Sicily after a five-year absence.

Zidansek broke serve six times and saved 10 of 13 break points she faced in the 80-minute match. She next faces Russia’s Liudmila Samsonova, a 6-3, 6-4 winner against Australia’s Jaimee Fourlis.

Spain’s Paula Badosa Gibert upset No. 5 seed Pauline Parmentier of France, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4).

Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands posted a 6-1, 6-3 win over France’s Amandine Hesse. Brazil’s Gabriela Ce outlasted Spain’s Georgina Garcia-Perez, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4). Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic beat Italy’s Jessica Pieri, 6-2, 6-3. Italy’s Giulia Gatto-Monticone was up 6-2, 1-1 when Germany’s Antonia Lottner retired.

Palermo was on the WTA calendar from 1990-2013.

–Field Level Media

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