Wed. Jul 28th, 2021
French Open 2020: Simona Halep, Victoria Azarenka storm into 2nd round; Venus Williams out


Romania’s Simona Halep celebrated her 29th birthday with a very first-round win at the Roland Garros, but there couldn’t be a great deal celebrations due to the fact of the Covid-19 protocols.

Soon after winning her match, the major-seed joked that she will celebrate the victory with a bottle of water.

“The great current was that I won these days,” explained Simona Halep, who won her very first Grand Slam at the 2018 French Open, in an on-court interview.

“It was definitely a particular day enjoying at Roland Garros on my birthday. So it is going to be rather exceptional perhaps permanently. I can’t celebrate a great deal, due to the fact I have to keep in the area, so I will have a bottle of water.

“Yeah, just enjoying the time. I will talk with my pretty near ones and loved ones. Just that. Almost nothing particular. Soon after the tournament, I will [celebrate].”

Speaking about her opponent Halep explained that she had to alter her very own game a small.

“At the starting I just needed to be aggressive and to hit the balls all over the place,” she explained. “But she was so robust on the legs, and she did not miss at all.

“Then I just commenced to open the court superior, to go slower, and to perform for each ball, which I did pretty nicely. And dropshots.

“The truth that I could alter the tactic a small bit all through the match, it helps make me pretty pleased with the victory.”

Victoria Azarenka wins, but unhappy with enjoying disorders

In other matches, former globe quantity a single Victoria Azarenka complained about the enjoying disorders at the French Open all through her six-one, six-two very first-round victory towards Danka Kovinic on Sunday.

The US Open runner-up, who misplaced to Naomi Osaka in the finals, had to stroll off the court immediately after perform was suspended due to a light drizzle with Belarusian Azarenka top two-one.

In other women’s success, dwelling favourite Caroline Garcia notched a six-four, three-six, six-four upset of No.17 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in the opening round of her dwelling big.

Former French Open runner-up Venus Williams suffered her 2nd successive very first-round reduction in a Grand Slam as she went down six-four six-four to Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova on Sunday.

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