In the women’s draw in Paris, Garbiñe Muguruza and Paola Badosa continue ahead, who carried out their confrontations against the Czech Krystina Pliskova (6-3, 6-2) and a level opponent like the American Sloane Stephens (6-4, 4 -6, 6-2).
On a cold and wet Suzanne Lenglen court, the 2016 champion closed her match in one hour and eight minutes, and will face the American Danielle Collins in the third round, who beat the Danish Clara Tauson in two comfortable sets (2-6 and 3-6).
Against Kristyna Pliskova, the Spanish and number eleven of the tournament imposed her backcourt game, she was good at the net and in her service and closed both sets well, although it was difficult for her to break the first serve to her rival. Of course, she improved in her serve compared to her complicated debut, she was accurate when attacking (21 winning shots) and less erratic.
The first set began with a break in favor of Pliskova, which went from more to less. As soon as Garbiñe greased her legs and warmed her wrist, the Spanish was far superior. She made a break to the rival for 2-4 and had no more problems. In the second set, she broke for 2-3 and chained four games in a row to close the match.
Kristyna’s twin sister, the number 2 of the tournament Karolina Pliskova, was eliminated in this second round against Jelena Ostapenko (6-4 and 6-2), in one of the surprises of the day in the women’s team, although the Latvian was the champion in the Parisian red clay in 2017. Other seeds such as Petra Kvitova, Sofia Kenin or Aryna Sabalenka did pass.
Garbiñe Muguruza will not be alone because Paula Badosa also remains firm, who eliminated the American Sloane Stephens, seeded 29 of the tournament, in three sets (4-6, 6-4 and 2-6). The one from Begur (Girona), born in the United States, downed her rival being firm in her service and despite her bad percentage in the break points.
Badosa gets into a third round of a Grand Slam for the first time, and she did so at the expense of a Stephens who was a finalist at Roland Garros in 2018. The Catalan, a junior winner in 2015, continues to break barriers and will face Jelena Ostapenko. .
BAUTISTA AND CARREÑO ARE CITED, CARBALLÉS LEAVES SHAPOVALOV
In addition, in the men’s team of the ‘great’ Parisian, the day was also positive with Roberto Bautista, Pablo Carreño and Roberto Carballés passing through, and Albert Ramos and Alejandro Davidovich being eliminated.
Of all of them, the most pleasant news came from Carballés, current world number 101, who agreed for the first time in his career to a third round of the Grand Slam after having a great ‘battle’ with the young Canadian Denis Shapovalov.
The man from Tenerife eliminated the ninth seed in a great duel that took 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6 and 8-6 after almost five hours. The Spanish tennis player was cold-blooded to win a game in which the American had a serve to award it in the fifth with 5-4 and 6-5. His next obstacle will be another seed, the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (18).
In addition, there will be a sure representative of the ‘Armada’ in the second round as Roberto Bautista and Pablo Carreño will meet in the third round. The Castellón, tenth favorite, started losing 1-3 with the Hungarian Attila Balazs and then only allowed three more games in the entire match to win 6-3, 6-1, 6-2, while the Asturian, seventeenth, took accomplished revenge of the last Davis Cup against Argentine Guido Pella, whom he eliminated with great solvency (6-3, 6-2, 6-1).
Instead, Alejandro Davidovich and Albert Ramos stayed on the road. The man from Malaga planted some ‘battle’ against the Russian Andrey Rublev before falling in four sets (7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1), while the Catalan could not with the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics (7- 6, 6-3, 7-5) in a tough match that despite the score lasted three hours.
In addition, the world number 1 and first seed, Novak Djokovic, continued at a high level and beat Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis (6-1, 6-2 and 6-2) on the fast track, as did Stefanos Tsitsipas, head series number five, who after the troubles against Jaume Munar, gave Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas no options (6-1, 6-4 and 6-2).