Barbora Zahlavova Strycova strolled to her eight victory of 2015 with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Yanina Wickmayer. This was the first match i’ve watched from Antwerp and as many others are commenting on Twitter, it’s awfully dark. There was a pretty sombre vibe coming from the centre court and it didn’t sound like there was a great deal of spectators from the echos. Hopefully the atmosphere will build during the week. Unfortunately, Wickmayer didn’t give her home crowd much to get excited about. After a positive start, she became firmly entangled in the BZS web. Zahlavova Strycova played a very smart match although she didn’t have to do a great deal other than soaking up the pressure and letting Wickmayer implode. On another day, Wickmayer’s positivity may have paid off; however on this occasion, Zahlavova Strycova consistently made Wickmayer play that extra ball which was all too often netted or hit long by the Belgian player.
Wickmayer committed 17 unforced errors in the first set and her numbers continued to rise sharply in the second set as Zahlavova Strycova threatened the double break. Wickmayer managed to stem the flow of errors for a time as she got on the board and had her first break points on the BZS serve. The Czech player won the majority of the big points in this match and after saving break points to go up 6-2 4-2*, she won the next two games to seal the win in 73 minutes. Wickmayer finished with 11 winners and 31 unforced errors.
Zahlavova Strycova will play Alize Cornet in the second round after she defeated Belinda Bencic, 1-6 6-2 7-5 in the most entertaining match of the day in Antwerp. BZS v Alize… BRING. IT. ON.