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Tereza Martincova wins all-Czech thriller at Ostrava

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Tereza Martincova entertained her home crowd in the Czech Republic by saving a match point and rallying to defeat countrywoman Katerina Siniakova 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7) in the first round of the J&T Banka Ostrava Open on Tuesday in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Martincova fell behind 0-5 in the third-set tiebreak and saved match point when trailing 6-5 before pushing ahead by scoring four of the last five points.

Their three-hour, six-minute match wasn’t even the longest of the day in Ostrava. Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva needed three hours and 24 minutes to overcome China’s Shuai Zhang 5-7, 7-6 (7), 6-4.

Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann upset No. 6 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-2, 6-3, converting 6 of 11 break points along the way.

No. 5 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia and No. 7 seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan advanced in straight sets.

–Field Level Media

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