Gijs Brouwer got off to a solid start in Houston | Tennis Championships years after its exciting start as a sport

Gijs Brouwer achieved an important victory in the Houston Tennis Championships. The Dutchman, who made his debut at the ATP tournament on American clay a year ago, surprisingly reached the quarterfinals, defeating Alexander Kovacevich in two sets: 6-4 and 6-4.

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Given his sensational performances last year, Brouwer has many points to defend in the city where he was born in 1996. He currently occupies 123rd place in the world rankings. The first round of elimination would have resulted in a free fall.

Gijs Brouwer while playing at the Houston ATP Tournament. © Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Brouwer faces a tough challenge in the next round. Then he takes fourth seed John Isner (ATP-46). The 37-year-old American was allowed to skip the first round due to his high ranking.

Brewer, 27, did not make it past the first round of qualifying in Miami last month. Number 3 in the Netherlands (behind Botic van de Zandschulp and Tallon Fransespoor) had to acknowledge his superiority over France’s Benoît Paire with a score of 6-3, 6-4.

Elina Svitolina lost on her return to the tennis court.
Elina Svitolina lost on her return to the tennis court. ©AP

Svitolina loses on the comeback

Elina Svitolina made a disappointing comeback at the WTA Championships in Charleston. The former world number three fell to Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 4-6.

Svitolina was admitted directly into the main tournament with a wild card. The Ukrainian played her last tournament in March last year in Miami. In October, she gave birth to a daughter.

Svitolina announced last month To work with trainer Raemon Sluiter.

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