Papamichail through to second round qualifiers of US Open 2023


Despina Papamichail eliminated Jule Niemeier, No.89 in world ranking, with 2-0 sets, in her first match for the US Open qualifiers.

With a great victory, Despina Papamichael started her attempt at the US Open qualifiers, who defeated Jule Niemeier, No.4 on the board and No.89 in the world, with 6-3, 6-4 .

Despina came on strong from the start, taking a 3-0 lead in the 1st set. The 24-year-old German initially reduced to 3-2, but with a new break, Greek champion reached 5-2 and closed the set in the 9th game. 

In the 2nd set, Niemeier gave it her all to stay in the tournament. Papamichail found herself with her back against the wall at 2-3, 0-40, but she erased all three break points of the German and managed to equalize at 3-3.

Papamichail held her serve throughout the 2nd set and in the 9th game she reached the big break, which put her ahead 5-4. She was then under pressure, losing 3 match points to see 40-0 become 40-40, but fearless, she reached a 4th match point and capitalized on it to complete her triumph in 89 minutes of play.

This victory sends Papamichael to the 2nd qualifying round of the US Open, for the 2nd time in her career, after 2021.

At the same time as Papamichail, Valentini Grammatikopoulou was also competing, who unfortunately did not succeed against the Japanese Haruka Kaji, losing 6-3, 6-3 .

Valentini Grammatikopoulou lost to the Japanese Haruka Kaji and was out of the US Open qualifiers.




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