Vicky Jiménez grinds out the win but falls to Pavlyuchenkova

Vicky Jiménez Kasintseva

Vicky Jiménez Kasintseva had a bye in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open, a WTA 1,000 tournament. The Andorran tennis player was closer than ever to the first victory in a championship of this category, but ended up falling to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, current number 599 in the world and finalist of Roland Garros in 2021 by 1 to 6, 7 to 6 (7-5) and 6 to 7 (7-9). 

Jiménez started with nerves and was overtaken by the Russian, who gave him no options, and dispatched the first hose on the fast track with just 27 minutes. Little by little, Jimenez recovered, moving Pavlyuchenkova from side to side. The Russian was ahead for almost the entire set, but the Andorran went from 2 to 4 to 6 to 5.

Vicky Jimenez n & Pavlyuchenkova newshux


Pavlyuchenkova was able to force the tie break, but here Jimenez was better again and ended up taking the hose in the first of the set points she had. In the final set, equality was maximum until 3 to 5 in favor of the Russian, but the young tennis player from the Principality resisted and forced sudden death. 

In the tie break, Jimenez started by winning 3 to 0, Pavlyuchenkova was 3 to 6, but the Andorran raised three match points to 6 to 6. Then the match ball went to her with 7 to 6, but the Russian took the match 7 to 9. Also in Madrid, but in the men's category, resident Albert Ramos got through the first round after beating Belarusian Ilya Ivashka 4 to 6, 7 to 6 ( 7-3) and 6 to 2.

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