Golubic wins safely and meets Masarova
Viktoria Golubic (WTA 106) also mastered the first main round of the 250 tournament in Guangzhou after qualifying. Zurich native defeated Canadian Rebecca Marino (WTA 138) 6:4, 6:3 and will meet Rebecca Masarova in the round of 16; An opponent you know well. The 24-year-old Masarova (WTA 64) played from Basel for Switzerland until she moved to Spain in 2018 and would also meet Golubic from time to time at the training center in Biel. Golubic won the only encounter between the two so far in the semifinals in Gstaad in 2016. Masarova reached the top 100 for the first time this year.
A setback for Bencic in the fight for the WTA Finals
Belinda Bencic was forced to announce her loss at the WTA 1000 tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Olympic champion was unable to compete in her second-round match due to a gastrointestinal disease. Bencic, seeded No. 5, was supposed to start the tournament on Tuesday evening after her first-round bye, and she also wanted to collect valuable points in Mexico with the aim of reaching the WTA Finals for the top 8 players of the season.
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