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Mihaela Buzărnescu, the main favorite, was defeated by Luxembourgian Mandy Minella, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, on Wednesday, in the first round of the WTA tournament in Limoges (France), with a total prize pool of $ 125,000.
Mihaela Buzărnescu, WTA 24th, leaned two hours in front of a 111-star player in the world hierarchy. Romanian will receive a check 847 euros and one WTA point for participation.
Buzărnescu, attacked by Minella's coach
Buzărnescu's first round was none other than the one who saw his way to US Open 2018 due to Mihaela. In fact, Buzarnescu did not withdraw from New York until after the draw of the main painting; she was thus replaced by a lucky loser player, Mona Barthel. Had he withdrawn before the draw, Buzărnescu would have been replaced by Minella.
After this episode, the coach of the sportsman in Luxembourg, Tim Sommer, criticized the Romanian. He argued that everything was a maneuver for Mihaela to cash in half the amount of money for players who evolve in the inaugural tour at the US Open.
"When Mihaela Buzarnescu got injured in Montreal and wrote on Twitter that she could not play at the US Open, I thought Mandy would be in the picture. When I arrived at New Haven, Mihaela was still on the starting list. from WTA and I was told that Buzarnescu is in New York and is trying to get back in. She also wrote on Twitter that I asked a doctor and our physiotherapist if it was possible to play with the affected ligament and told me that there is no chance that it lasts between six and eight weeks until you get back to normal.I contacted WTA again and it does not seem right to me when you have a diagnosis and you know you're injured to join the competition ""said Tim Sommer for SpoX.
Under the rules, athletes withdrawing before the tournament receive half of the amount and the other half goes to a lucky-loser. Therefore, Mihaela Buzărnescu, who did not play any matches in New York, won $ 27,000.
Monica Niculescu and Ana Bogdan, qualified in eighth
Ana Bogdan, the fourth favorite, and Monica Niculescu, the fifth favorite, qualified in eighth at Limoges. Niculescu (31 years old, 78 WTA), fifth favorite, was forced after an hour and 49 minutes of playing in front of a weaker opponent, Tomova (23 years) ranked No. 156 in the world rankings.
The main favorites at the double are Buzărnescu and Niculescu, who will meet Thursday Czech Petra Krejsova / Jesika Maleckova.
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