Ostapenko’s 45th World Rocket defeated Italian Sarah Erani (WTA 131) in the first round of the “Gippsland Trophy WTA 500” tournament with a score of 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Meanwhile, Sevastov (WTA 54) defeated American Madison Bringle (WTA 83) 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Yarra Valley Classic WTA 500.
Overcoming the first round, Latvian tennis players each earned 30 WTA ranking points.
Ostapenko played his last game in October in the Ostrava “Premier” tournament, which in the second round with 4-6, 4-6 conceded to the Tunisian representative Onsa Žabera. Erani had not gone to the court this season either, but he played the last match last December, participating in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) W-100 competition.
Ostapenko was numbered 13 in this tournament, but the first number was awarded to Romanian Simona Halepa.
The two tennis players have previously met once in their careers in the second round of the 2015 US Open, when Erani was superior with 0-6, 6-4, 6-3.
During his career, Ostapenko has won three trophies, but Erani has won six more.
In the second round, Ostapenko will meet with Danka Kovinich from Montenegro (WTA 77).
Meanwhile, due to a muscle injury in Sevastov’s leg, the previous season ended in mid-September, so her only game this season in Abu Dhabi in the “WTA 500” tournament was played after a break of less than four months. In the first round, the second Latvian racket with 2-6, 7-5, 2-6 gave way to Paula Badosa from Spain (WTA 70). Bringla played his last game in November last year, playing in the W-100 tournament, where he did not win the second round.
The two tennis players met each other once in 2019, celebrating the final of the 1/32 final of the Indian Wells tournament with 6-3, 6-4 celebrating Sevastova.
Sevastova has won four tournaments during her career, but Bringla has not yet won the titles.
In the second round, Sevastova will meet with the tournament’s 11th rocket Anastasia Pavluchenko from Russia (WTA 39), who is a training partner of Liepaja in Melbourne, or Japan Misaki Doi (WTA 84).
Both hard tournaments in Melbourne will take place from January 31 to February 6.
In December, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) changed the names of the categories of its tournaments as the brand was renewed. The changes have been made in cooperation with the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) so that the competition structure can be understood by fans at the highest level of the sport.
Starting in 2021, the highest level in WTA tournaments is WTA 1000 (formerly Premier Mandatory and Premier 5), followed by WTA 500 (Premier 700), WTA 250 (International) and WTA 125 ( 125 K) levels. Tournament points and cash bonuses remain the same as before.