French Open 2020 noticed a significant upset on Thursday as 2nd seed Karolina Pliskova was ousted by former champion Jelena Ostapenko in the women’s singles 2nd-round match. Pliksova lasted just an hour and 9 minutes as Ostapenko clinched a straight sets — six-four,six-two win in their clash at Roland Garros.
Pliskova, who had headed into the tournament on the back of an look in the ultimate of Italian Open final week, had also stuggled in the French Open opener with really a handful of unforced mistakes towards Egyptian qualifiier Mayar Sheriff.
Ostapenko, who had won the title in 2017 as an unseeded player, stated she was satisfied with her variety of strokes towards Pliskova.
“I was just making an attempt to perform my game, but I knew I had to return very well now for the reason that she naturally has, like, one particular of the ideal serves on tour, Ostapenko stated, as quoted by Reuters.
“I feel I was returning pretty very well now. Also, I had to hold my serve, which I did very very good. Also to use some drop shots, for the reason that it is a pretty very good shot in these circumstances.”
Sofia Kenin fends off stiff challenge
Meanwhile, America’s Sofia Kenin, who won the Australian Open earlier this yr, reached the 3rd round with a comeback from behind win (three-six, six-three, six-two) more than Romania’s Anna Bogdan on Thursday. Kenin, the ideal American hope at Roland Garros along with final year’s semi-finalist Amanda Anisimova right after Serena Williams withdrew injured on Wednesday, was out of kinds in the opening set in advance of obtaining her variety.
The Australian Open champion struggled to manage Bogdan’s cross-court backhands at 1st, but when she acquired manage of the rallies the tide turned absolutely.
On the other hand, Kenin had difficulties finishing the contest off at five-one as Bogdan saved 3 match factors to survive for a different game, which the American then bagged with a forehand winner on her fourth match level.