Day 5 of the 2022 WTA Italian Open served up a number of shock results as players now prepare to take part in the round of 16 of the competition. There was some high quality tennis action on display as a number of unseeded players made their marks against some of the biggest names in women’s tennis today. The biggest shock of the day perhaps was the elimination of sixth seed Karolina Pliskova against unseeded Swiss player Jil Teichmann. Fifth seed Anett Kontaveit also tasted defeat against an unseeded player in Petra Martic on the day. Current world no. 1 Iga Switek and recent Madrid Open champion Ons Jabeur, however, kept themselves alive in the tournament thanks to thumping victories in their respective round of 32 matches on the day.
Karolina Pliskova might have entered the competition hoping to go a long way into it but her journey was cutr short by Jil Teichmann of Switzerland. The unseeded Swiss player took an impressive 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win against the sixth seed and advanced to the round of 16. Pliskova might have smashed six aces in the match but she also ended up committing 11 double faults. When it came to the first and second serve win percentage, Teichmann recorded 58% and 54% respectively. The Swiss also converted eight breakpoints while Pliskova could only manage six.
Fifth seed Anett Kontaveit also suffered a shock exit in the round of 32 of the competition as she fell to a crushing 6-2, 6-3 defeat against Petra Martic of Croatia. Martic, an unseeded player in the competition, showcased her skills and composure on the court and registered a dominating performance against someone ranked higher than her. Kontaveit might have scored one more ace than Martic but she also committed five double faults. Martic recorded good win percentages on the first and second serve with 61% and 50% respectively. She also managed to score seven break points.
There seems to be no stopping world no. 1 Iga Swiatek as she breezed past Elena-Gabriela Ruse with a comfortable 6-3, 6-0 win. The Pole never once seemed in any kind of trouble in the match and made short work of her opponent. Swiatek might not have scored an ace in the match but her win percentage on both serves was high. On the first serve it was 74% and the second it was 55%. Ruse could only record 41% and 26% respectively. Swiatek also converted seven out of 12 break points.
Ons Jabeur created history in Madrid when she became the first ever Arab or African player to ever lift a WTA 1000 crown. The Tunisian seems to have picked up from right where she left on in the Italian Open. On Wednesday, the ninth seed recorded a 7-5, 6-2 win over Ajla Tomljanovic. Jabeur smashed three aces n the match but also committed two double faults. The Tunisian recorded 69% and 61% win percentages on the first and second serves respectively. She also won five out of 14 break points.