Sara won her first round in New Haven: 6-4, 7-5 over Bethanie Mattek-Sands. It wasn’t an easy match, especially not in the second set. After Sara went 2-0 up in that set, Mattek-Sands fought back and took a 5-2 lead, but then Sara won 5 games in a row to take the match.
In the second round, she’ll play against Carla Suarez Navarro. They have played 4 times before, and the head-to-head is tied 2-2. Sara has won the two last meetings, most recently in Barcelona this year.