Won, 63 67(3) 46.
I saw the first set. Denisa is the next Azarenka; really, she should be Top 10 based on her game. Her mentality, however, needs some work
She alternated between brilliant serving and defending, to being unable to keep a ball in the lines. Especially when she was ahead. This was shown in the first set.
I thought she'd go into cruise control after having that set under her belt. I believe she had a 3-0 lead in the second, and gave it up. She then got broken right after losing the tiebreak, nearly went down two breaks and was chasing the pusher Imanishi throughout the rest of the set. I really thought she'd choke it all away! Somehow she broke back, and finally closed it out!
Now she faces a former junior nemesis, Aleksandra Krunic. Denisa is 0-2 against her on the pro circuit (although one was a w/o); this is their first meeting on hardcourt and this year.