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Tennis: Sabalenka defeats teenager Andreeva in French Open first round

Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka faced Russian Erika Andreeva in the first round.

Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka faced Russian Erika Andreeva in the first round. | Image source: Reuters

On Tuesday, second seed Sabalenka defeated Russian teenager Erika Andreeva 6-1 6-2 in the first round to compete for her first French Open title and second Grand Slam title this year. This pair of her main players It’s a warning.

The 26-year-old successfully defended her Australian Open title earlier this year and is trying to become the first person to do so in the same year since American Serena Williams achieved the feat in 2015. Women who won in Melbourne and Paris.

“I’m just trying to separate myself from all those facts. I mean, I know if I can focus on myself, I’m going to be able to fight for every point and try to find a solution in every game. I’m going to be able to win. These big games,” she said.

“But I’m just trying to take it one step at a time.”

Sabalenka had a strong showing on European clay courts, losing only to Iga Swiatek and Matata Vondrousova, and put in a lot of effort on Philippe Chatrier. less time.

In the fourth game, after the 19-year-old Andreeva broke serve with a double fault, Sabalenka used her forehand to quickly lead 5-1 and ended the first set after her opponent’s shot missed.

Sabalenka took the lead again in the second set by holding on to world No. 100 Andreeva’s serve before giving up the break when trying to slice from deep, but last year’s semifinalist The player quickly led 4-2 after saving more break points.

After neutralizing Andreeva’s growing threat, she ended the match on serve in the 68th minute with a brilliant lob into the net that earned her her third Match point.

“I actually did pretty well,” Sabalenka said earlier in court. “But I’m not sure I can do that on the playing field.

“Now I’m starting to use it in games. It didn’t work before, but after years of practicing with the ball, it’s finally starting to work.”

The Belarusian’s next opponent is Irene Burillo Escorihuela or Moyuka Uchijima, with the two qualifiers due to face off later.

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