Sharma battles for Guadalajara victory

Guadalajara, Mexico, 9 March 2021 | Vivienne Christie

Astra Sharma is into the second spherical of the WTA 250 event in Guadalajara after a preventing win over Nice Britain’s Harriet Dart.

The Australian saved a match level within the third set as she recorded a 2-6 6-2 7-6(2) victory.

After a win over Dart within the closing spherical of qualifying – the Brit subsequently incomes predominant draw entry as a fortunate loser – Sharma was made to work onerous in as we speak’s two hour, 19-minute contest.

Sharma held serve simply as soon as within the 29-minute first set, lastly asserting her authority as she broke Dart’s serve within the opening recreation of the second.

Regardless of dropping serve once more within the fourth recreation of that set, Sharma claimed the final 4 video games to ship the match right into a third-set decider.

Chasing her first predominant draw match win of the 2021 season, a decided Sharma saved a match level within the 10th recreation.

The Australian – ranked world No.137 to the No.153 Brit – lastly secured victory on her second match level within the tiebreak.

Sharma faces Canada’s Layla Fernandez or Russian Anna Kalinskaya within the second spherical.

First the 25-year-old returns to the court docket for doubles, teaming with countrywoman Ellen Perez to tackle Ferandez and Renata Zarazua.


Girls’s singles, first spherical
[Q] Astra Sharma (AUS)
d [LL] Harriet Dart (GBR) 2-6 6-2 7-6(2)


Girls’s doubles, predominant draw first spherical
Astra Sharma (AUS)/Ellen Perez (AUS) v Leylah Fernandez (CAN)/Renata Zarazua (MEX)

Girls’s singles, second spherical

[Q] Astra Sharma (AUS) v [7] Leylah Fernandez (CAN) or Anna Kalinskaya (RUS)

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