EMPIRE Slovak Open 2017 in Trnava finished qualifying matches on Monday. MONIKA KILNAROVA and NICOLE MELICHAROVA also moved to the main draw. The Main Draw matches were also played, when MARKETA VONDROUSOVA overcame Slovak opponent TEREZA MIHALIKOVA easily in just 54 minutes 6:0, 6:1.
Monika Kilnarova qualified for the main draw by defeating Laura Svatikova in 2 straight sets 6:2, 7:6.
"My game was not good today. But I'm glad I made it. My opponent played lots of slice balls and stopballs. It made me problems since I did not know her. She also had a lot of luck, played netrollers in almost every game. I don’t care whom I play in the first round, every next match will for sure be difficult," said Kilnarova who plays Yanina Wickmayer in the main draw first round.
Vondrousova winning easy
Duel between Markéta Vondroušová and Tereza Mihalíková was surprisingly fast and easy. Czech player won in 54 minutes 6:0, 6:1. "I thought it will be a difficult match since she played well on a junior level, when winning Australian Open - grandslam. At the end my opponent has improved, but I'm glad I made it. It's tough tournament, I will focus on every single match and I see how it's gonna end up," said Czech player.
Among the 1st round monday's winners belong also Heather Watson (GBR) and young Russian talented junior Anastasia Potapova, winner of Junior Wimbledon 2016
Tuesday's interesting program
FULL TUESDAY'S ORDER OF PLAY
Matches on center court start at 11 AM when number 1 seed Yanina Wickmayer plays Czech qualifier Monika Kilnarova followed by Slovak Fedcup team member Rebecca Sramkova and number 5 seed from Paraguay Veronica Cepede Royg.
Talented Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova will play American Asia Muhammad not before 3 PM.
Last match on centre court is not before 5 PM Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, EMPIRE Slovak Open winner from 2014 and former number 26 in the WTA against number 3 seeded Russian Jekaterina Alexandrova.
Monika KILNAROVA (CZE) - Laura SVATIKOVA (SVK) 6-2 7-6
Nicole MELICHAR (USA) – Michaela HONCOVA (SVK) 6-4 1-6 6-4
Viktoria KAMENSKAYA (RUS) – Nicoleta DASCALU (ROU) 1-6 6-4 6-4
Antonia LOTTNER (GER) – Pia KONIG (AUT) 6-1 6-3