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Today, Kovinic, who is a qualifier, defeated 12th seed Belinda Bencic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. In the first round, she defeated Christina McHale. Kovinic, who has a huge serve, acknowledged that "maybe it will be kind of weird" to compete against her idol.
Kovinic isn't the only one who has to play against the player she most admires. Sara Errani is Sara Sorribes Tormo's favorite WTA player, and Sorribes Tormo will play Errani in the third round. The young Spaniard defeated local favorite Shelby Rogers in straight sets today, and Errani defeated 2014 runner-up Jana Cepelova.