St. Petersburg, RUSSIA
Vera Zvonareva claimed her first victory against a Top 30 player since 2015 as Kiki Bertens retired after the first set of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
Zvonareva won four games in success to storm back from 2-4 down to claim the opener 6-4, and Bertens, who was visibly struggling through illness, felt she could go on no longer thereafter.
“It’s not how I wanted to win,” the WTA World No.197 admitted. “I want to wish her a speedy recovery.”