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Caroline Wozniacki hardly broke a sweat against a Canadian qualifier to storm into the third round of Roland Garros.
Wozniacki needed just 52 minutes to drop a double bagel on Francoise Abanda and move on in Paris, where she’ll face CiCi Bellis.
“I think I'm feeling pretty good,” Wozniacki said in her post-match press conference. “I think, you know, clay isn't my favorite surface of all surfaces, but at the same time, I feel like I'm hitting the ball well.
Kristina Mladenovic showed marked improvement after her titantic first round win to defeat former finalist Sara Errani, 6-2, 6-3, to reach the third round at Roland Garros.
"The fairytale ended. Now, in upcoming weeks, I think it will be business as usual," the Czech said. "That's what I'm looking forward to, just focusing on the tennis and on the game and everything what I do need to improve to my game."
"Coming to Roland Garros was one of the things, which we were [doing in] preparing for Wimbledon - we do have a lot of attention here," Kvitova said on the tournament where she is a two-time champion. "Wimbledon should be much more relaxed afterwards. I really am looking forward to being there. It's a really great tournament for me. I have the best memories which I can have.
"I think that, you know, my game still suits the grass, and I will do my best to be there. I will really enjoy the time to be there. We will have a house again in Wimbledon Village and will be similar to other years. I'm happy that I will not miss Wimbledon this year."
Bethanie Mattek-Sands recorded her best Grand Slam result in nearly two years on Wednesday, as she ousted No.15 seed Petra Kvitova in the second round of the French Open in a pair of tiebreaks, 7-6(5), 7-6(5).The American reached the third round at three of the four Grand Slams in 2015, but hadn't won a main draw match in the last five majors.Wearing a shirt covered in cherries, Mattek-Sands' powerful approach bore fruit, as she struck 30 winners in two sets and found herself successful on nearly 70 percent of her forays to net. "I saw Petra before the tournament started. I gave her a big hug," Mattek-Sands said. "I was really happy to see her back, especially after everything that had happened. You know, she's an inspiration. That's what I told her end of the match, too. She not only came back from all of that, she came back playing well.
"We had a great match today. It's really good to see her back and playing well. She's a great champion, so it's a really good win for me."
Venus Williams surged into the Roland-Garros third round with clinical 6-3, 6-1 win over world No.90 Kurumi Nara.
The 2002 finalist, playing in an open-era record 20th appearance at the French Open, struck 30 winners en route to victory.
“It's always a joy when you can control the match. The first set she played well, just amazing defense and offense,” said Williams, who claimed a 250th Grand Slam main draw win. “Today's match was definitely less errors than the first match, that is something to build on. It was a little bit tricky there, but I still controlled the match. That always feels good.”
The American began the match with a rocket return, before sauntering into the net to pick off the volley. That set the tone for a sparkling performance.
martes, 30 de mayo de 2017
“Maybe I was a little bit tight. It's like many things happened today, first round, French Open, the leg, I didn't know how it was gonna be,” Halep said. “(I was) a little bit nervous because I changed court, so it's not easy.
“I think I did well. I served pretty well after a few games when I started to roll it a little bit more. So I think I was good today. In the second set, she came back a little bit stronger, and she hit the ball stronger, but I was there.
“I was strong on my legs. And I think I did a great game. It is not easy against her, because I lost at Wimbledon.”
It was a scrappy start as both traded early breaks.
“I'm just another player in the draw. I just have confidence that I can win matches, but I'm not thinking about the results – just the big picture.”