The 15-year-old Cori Gauff claimed the first WTA title last week in Linz, becoming the youngest champion on the Tour since 2004. Emotionally and physically spent, super talented American went to Luxembourg where she closed a memorable season with a 6-4, 6-0 loss to Anna Blinkova in 58 minutes.
The 8th seed controlled the pace in her games, dropping 12 points on serve overall and getting broken only once, keeping the pressure on the youngster who lost 55% of the points behind the initial shot, facing six break points and giving serve away five times to propel the Russian through.
Blinkova grabbed the opening set with breaks in games three and five, dominating in the rest of the clash to secure a bagel and book the place in the second round. In the battle of former winners, the 2nd seed and the defending champion Julia Goerges toppled Misaki Doi 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 in two hours and 14 minutes.
Another American youngster and Cori Gauff's doubles partner Catherine McNally lost to Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 7-6 in an hour and 48 minutes, with the Latvian fending off five out of seven break chances and prevailing in the pivotal moments to seal the deal in straight sets.
The 3rd seed Elena Rybakina had a great day at the office, toppling Denisa Allertova 6-2, 6-1 in 56 minutes to reach the quarters. Dropping only ten points in her games, Rybakina experienced no troubles behind the initial shot and was all over her rival on the return, delivering four breaks from ten opportunities to cross the finish line in no time at all.
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