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On Tuesday, both Elena Vesnina and Taylor Townsend won their first-round matches at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, SC.
Vesnina began her tournament against Madison Brengle, winning 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. Townsend, meanwhile, upset Heather Watson with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
What's next for Tuesday's victors? That would be a Wednesday meeting in the Tennis Channel Plus Match of the Day.
This meeting between Vesnina and Townsend will be their first at the WTA level, and it's an important one.
For Vesnina, this tournament is a chance to prove she's still a serious threat in singles. The 31-year-old reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2016 and won Indian Wells last year, helping her ascend to a career-high No. 13 ranking. But a second-round loss at this year's BNP Paribas Open saw substantial ranking points drop off, causing her to plunge to her current position of No. 42. The Russian—currently ranked No. 2 in doubles—feels like she has what it takes to keep competing for titles in singles, and after a disappointing 1-2 record in March, Charleston is a chance to hit the reset button.
Townsend, meanwhile, has to be thinking that it's time for her to start making her own deep runs in tournaments. The 21-year-old played well against Watson today, but this is a former junior world No. 1 that hasn't yet won a tournament at the WTA level.
The good news for Townsend is that she appears to be in a lot better shape now than she has been in recent years. Perhaps it's time for her to start putting it all together. A win in this match would go a long way in building her confidence.
WTA Charleston (4/2-4/8)
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