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‘This is my favorite tournament’: Kudermetova edges past Jabeur in rainy Den Bosch opener

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‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands – Veronika Kudermetova claimed the last victory of the day to seal a rainy first day of main draw action at the Libema Open, edging past Ons Jabeur in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

A lengthy rain delay halted play during the match with Kudermetova up 6-3, 5-2 and ready to return serve, but the World No.60 stayed focused to take the win after an hour and 15 minutes on court.

“I think it was not easy today because it was my first match of grass season this year,” Kudermetova admitted afterwards. “I’m so happy to win this match.

“This one is my favorite tournament, because here you feel like at home. This tournament is very quiet, the hotel is quiet, and I feel so relaxed here. So I decided to stay more days here!”

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The 22-year-old Russian player came into her first match of the grass season full of confidence after a solid clay swing, recording quarterfinal appearances at Lugano, Istanbul and Nurnberg, before reaching the third round of the French Open – her best Grand Slam result to date.

Even more impressive, her run in Paris pitted her against former Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki in the first round. Kudermetova turned heads with her stunning upset, turning around a love set deficit to oust Wozniacki 0-6, 6-3, 6-3, claiming her first Top 20 win.

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