Kovinic bitter the return of Belinda Bencic in Rome

The Swiss, sixth favorite for the title and who had not competed for seven months, was overtaken by the Montenegrin, who will face Belgian Elise Mertens in the second round.

Danka Kovinic, who entered the main draw after going through the qualifying qualifying phase, embittered this Wednesday the return to competition of the Swiss Belinda Bencic, sixth seed, in the second round of the tournament in Rome, by beating her by a hard 6 -3 and 6-1.

After her last participation in the Doha tournament, in February, Belinda Bencic returned after the pandemic with a negative performance and surrendered in 72 minutes against Kovinic, player number 86 in the WTA ranking.

The 23-year-old Swiss tennis player paid the only break in the first set, arriving in the eighth game, and lost 6-3, before surrendering her serve three times in the second set and saying goodbye to Roma with a tough 6-1, in just over half an hour.

In the round of 16, Kovinic will face Belgian Elise Mertens (n.20), who got rid of Polish Magda Linette (n.35) this Wednesday by winning 6-2 and 6-4.

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