Tennis player Arianne Hartono is doing well during the busy professional tournament in Charlottesville, USA. Meppel, 25, has made the last 16 games thanks to a victory over much higher ranked American Whitney Osuigwe.
Hartono has done quite a bit on the World Tennis Tour in recent weeks. Meppel’s WTA World Ranking No. 371 has already beaten several players who are higher ranked than her in tournaments in Poitiers (France), Manacor (Mallorca, Spain) and Bellinzona, Switzerland, and she is now continuing that line in Charlottesville. .
Earlier this week, she beat Kyoka Okamura, Japanese number 260 in the world, and Emina Bektas, number 366 American, in the $ 60,000 professional tournament in Virginia, one of the strongest on the WTT circuit.
With this victory Hartono got access to the main tournament and in the first round she was too strong for the talented 19-year-old Osuigwe. The first set was for Hartono (6-4), the second for Osuigwe, who then got injured and had to give up 4-0 in favor of Hartono.
Osuigwe is a nice prey, as the American is in place 182 on the world rankings, making him Hartono’s biggest scalp to date. Hartono will meet another American, Sachia Vickery, world number 192 in the round of 16 today.
Whatever the end of this match, the Meppelse will in any case make another leap in the world rankings thanks to its performance in the United States. This is important, because depending on their WTA position, players are admitted to major tournaments. Hartono’s big goal of being able to play WTA tournaments is getting closer and closer. For this highest category of professional tennis tournaments, a place around position 250 is required.
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