Qinwen Zheng advances to face Iga Swiatek in Stuttgart

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

China’s Qinwen Zheng defeated American lucky loser Alycia Parks 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Monday in Stuttgart, Germany.

Zheng’s reward for winning the match in one hour and 41 minutes is a second-round date with World No. 1 Iga Swiatek of Poland, the top seed for the WTA 500 clay-court tournament. Swiatek has won both of their previous clashes.

Zheng saved the only break point she faced against Parks, who offset eight aces with 11 double faults.

In other action, Cristina Bucsa of Spain outlasted fellow qualifier Tamara Korpatsch of Germany 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 and Croatia’s Donna Vekic edged Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5).

–Field Level Media

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