Carol Meligeni had difficulties with her serve in this Monday’s match
Photo: Cristiano Andujar
Florianópolis (SC) – Current number 3 in Brazil in the world rankings, Carolina Meligeni Alves was surpassed in the opening round of WTA 125 in Florianópolis. The 27-year-old from Campinas and 303rd in the world fell to the Frenchwoman Carole Monnet, 181st placed, who scored 6/1 and 6/2 in 1h03 of the match.
The Brazilian had more difficulties with her serve in this Monday’s game, winning just 22% of the points in her service games. She ended up facing ten break-points and suffered seven breaks, four in the first set and three more in the second, which made the Frenchwoman’s path in the match easier.
Algoz de Carol this Monday, Monnet will face in the round of 16 the Russian Diana Shnaider, second seed and 65th in the world, who defeated the North American from the quali Jamie Loeb by 6/2 and 6/0.
Another highlight of the first day of the tournament was the victory of Australian Ajla Tomljanovic, a former top 40 player who received an invitation to the tournament. Recovering from a knee injury, which kept her away from the circuit for almost the entire season, the experienced 30-year-old player won a 2h48 duel against Frenchwoman Fiona Ferro, 154th placed, by 6/7 (5-7), 7/5 and 6/3.
Tomljanovic, who has already reached the quarterfinals in three Grand Slams between 2021 and 2022, currently appears only in 543rd place in the rankings. The Australian faces Turkey’s Ipek Oz, who defeated Hungarian 6 seed Anna Bondar 7-5 6-0.
Carol stops at her debut also in doubles
In the doubles bracket, Carol Meligeni and Argentine Solana Sierra were beaten in the opening round by Georgian Ekaterine Gorgodze and North American Jamie Loeb, who scored 6/2 and 7/5.