Witthöft wins German duel
Carina Witthöft is in the 2nd place at the WTA tournament in Miami. Round. There she meets Julia Görges. Maximilian Marterer beats a Hungarian in the men’s singles.
Carina Witthöft was the first German player to win her first round match at the WTA tournament in Miami/Florida.
In the German duel against Tatjana Maria (Bad Saulgau) the 23-year-old won 6:3, 6:4 and celebrated her fifth victory in her seventh clash with Maria, seven years older.
The world rankings-57. Witthöft only survived the first round in a main field for the second time in 2018. Witthöft had also won against Maria in Doha in February, before a round later she was defeated by Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark), who was first in the world rankings at the time.
In Miami Witthöft will face Julia Görges in round two, who, like Angelique Kerber, had a walk-through at the start.
Maximilian Marterer entered the second round of the simultaneous ATP tournament. The 22 year old World Ranking-73. won on Wednesday against the 13 places better classified Hungarian Marton Fucsovics with 6:4, 6:4. Next opponent of Marterer is the world ranking fourth Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria.
Davis Cup player Jan-Lennard Struff, however, was eliminated in the first round. The 27-year-old lost to Swedish teenager Mikael Ymer after a good start with 6:3, 5:7, 1:6 and failed like last time in Indian Wells at his opening hurdle.
19-year-old Ymer, number 407 in the world rankings, had reached the main field of the $7.9 million tournament via a wildcard.