The heat was the main protagonist on the courts of the Peña Vitoriana Tenis Club where the temperature exceeded 40 degrees.
The most important tennis tournament in Euskadi kicked off at 9 am with the first clashes and lasted until approximately 8:30 pm, when the 16th match concluded.
In its preliminary phase, players with a ranking above number 600, wanted to take advantage of this great opportunity to play an ITF W60,000 tournament.
The only Spanish player who made it through to the next round was Celia Cerviño from Galicia, who beat Divine Nweke from Denmark in two sets (6-1, 6-0). The rest of the national players, Lidia Moreno, Julia Camblor, Olga Bienzobas, María García, Cayetana Gay, as well as the Basques Marta García, Nadine Arbaizar, Ainhoa Melli and Mercedes Aristegui, and the Ukrainian player with an Alavesa license from the Peña VitorianaTenis Club, Karina Novikova, did not make it to the next round.
The good organization assisted at all times the players who needed extra hydration to withstand the demands of their matches in the sweltering heat.
Korea’s Yeonwoo Ku, with the best ranking at 489 along with Spain’s Celia Cerviña, with 509, Japan’s Mana Ayukawa and Himari Sato, France’s Amandine Monnot and Flavie Brugnone, Switzerland’s Jenny Duerst, Denmark’s Olivia Gram, Italy’s Nicole Fossa and Verena Meliss, Slovakia’s Sofia Milatova, USA’s Erica Oosterhout, Czech Republic’s Laetitia Pulchartova, Romania’s Maria Toma, Hungary’s Adrien Nagy, Germany’s Jasmin Jebawy, will be looking for their passport to the finals, which will start on Tuesday, along with the doubles category.
In anticipation of thunderstorms this Monday, the organization has planned to move all the matches to morning schedules.
-Order of play MONDAY, July 18 https://www.itfaraba.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/OP-2.pdf