4:05 pm, 24th August, 2021

Court 2: Sonay Kartal vs Katarina Stresnakova

Sonay Kartal kept up her great form on her return from injury after she blitzed her first match of week 6 against India Rojano winning 6-0, 6-0. Today should prove a sterner test for the week 5 winner as she comes up against Katarina Stresnakova who is playing her first match since week 4!

16:22 Stresnakova breaks serve 1-2 

Kartal was flawless yesterday, not dropping a single game but she has been broken early in this one by Stresnakova. A brilliantly deep forehand from the 24-year-old causes Kartal problems and she can only hit a forehand long. Advantage Stresnakova!

16:29 Kartal breaks back straight away 2-2 

Kartal wasn’t going to let herself be behind for long, she gets to deuce on the Stresnakova serve before getting a slice of luck. Her opponent plays a volley to a ball that may well have been going wide, giving Sonay Kartal the chance to put the break point away. We are back level on court 2.

16:35 Kartal breaks again 5-2

4 straight games for Sonay Kartal give her a three game lead. Brilliant work from the 19-year-old to come back from the early break. She is in the driving seat in this set now and will want to close it out smoothly.

16:45 Kartal wins the first set 6-3 

A solid service game at 5-3 is enough to give Sonay Kartal the lead, she hasn’t dropped a set so far this week and she will finish top of her pool if she can win this next set.

17:05 Kartal double breaks in the second set 6-3, 3-0 

Sonay Kartal is on a roll here and it doesn’t bode well for Stresnakova! Yesterday her match only took 32 minutes but Stresnakova will not roll over as easily. A huge mountain to climb now!