After her furious Wimbledon run to the quarter-finals, Jule Niemeier also got off to a successful start at the WTA tournament in Lausanne. Daniel Altmaier, on the other hand, was defeated in Bastad.

After her great performance in Wimbledon, Jule Niemeier from Dortmund obviously feels comfortable on a smaller stage. The 22-year-old, a sensational quarter-finalist in the grass-court classic at the All England Club, won her opening match at the clay-court tournament in Lausanne on Monday with difficulty against the Swiss Ylena In-Albon 7:5, 6:7 (3:7), 6:3. In the last 16, the eighth seeded Russian Varvara Gracheva or a qualifier awaits.

Niemeier had stormed through the tournament in Wimbledon carefree and self-confident. Only in the quarter-finals did the Westphalian lose in the German duel with Tatjana Maria (Bad Saulgau) in three sets. However, since no points were distributed at the British Grand Slam this year, neither benefited from their strong performances in the world rankings. Niemeier is number 109 in the world, in the new ranking she lost twelve places compared to the previous week.

Niemeier needs good results for US Open ticket

Entering the tournament in Lausanne, Niemeier took the first set with a late break. However, leading 4-1 in the second, she lost her rhythm for the time being and fell behind, fought her way back but lost the tiebreak. In the deciding set, Niemeier broke in the fourth game to take a 3:1 lead. After 2:43 hours of play, Niemeier converted her first of three match points. German singles champion Eva Lys (Hamburg) had previously secured her place in the main draw in the qualifying final.

Niemeier had won 310,000 pounds prize money in Wimbledon, doubling her previous earnings. However, she needs good results in the coming weeks to enter the main draw of the US Open in Flushing Meadows (from 29 August).

Altmaier squanders 5:1 lead in tiebreak

The week started less successfully for Daniel Altmaier. The 23-year-old had lost to Mikael Ymer in the first round at Wimbledon – at the ATP tournament in Bastad, the same thing happened to him against his older brother Elias on clay. Altmaier lost 4:6, 6:7 (5:7), although he was 5:1 up in the tiebreak of the second set.

Gojowczyk in the last 16

Peter Gojowczyk, on the other hand, reached the round of 16 at the ATP tournament in Newport/Rhode Island. The 32-year-old won his opening match against Frenchman Ugo Humbert 7:5, 6:4 at the preparatory tournament for the US Open in New York at the end of August, two weeks after his first-round exit in Wimbledon. Gojowczyk’s next opponent is US number two seed John Isner.