February 27, 2017
Andrea Petkovic from Germany is fulfilling her role as favorite by winning the duel against Jaime Loeb although her opponent didn’t go down without a fight against the 8th seed. Petkovic took over after three sets in 99 minutes with partials 2-6, 6-1 and 6-3.
The German player had a few problems with her service during the first set which explains why Loep was ahead during the first partial. Andrea barely attained 45% effectiveness in her first serve but raised her percentages to 71% forcing the set by leveling the partials. At the end Loeb was not able to keep up and scored four aces, three double faults and 50% effectiveness in her first serve while Petkovic had two direct serves, 9 double faults and 57% first serve effectiveness.
Andrea will come face to face against Pauline Parmentier from france during the second rounds. Parmentier overcame Nicole Gibbs (USA) in a heart-racing dispute that took place in the first Court of the Princess Mundo Imperial Hotel facilities where both players gave the best of each other in an encounter that lasted more than three hours and resulted in partials 7-5, 6-7(6) and 6-2. The duel was a great display of Pauline’s excellent physical condition.