Halep, the dazzling revenge
She took quite a revenge. Last year, Simona Halep had suffered a small snub when she was knocked out in the quarterfinals by the very young Amanda Anisimova. But this Friday, the American did not have a say in the matter. Under the roof of the Philippe-Chatrier court, she was only able to save one game against the number 1 seed (6-0, 6-1) during a one-sided match that lasted 54 tiny minutes .
In this part, there was only an embryo of combat, the time for Halep to save 5 break points in the second game. She was no longer threatened on her serve afterwards, committing only 7 small faults. direct for 15 winning moves. Her opponent, overwhelmed, accumulated blunders (32 errors) and quickly appeared resigned. At 19, it’s still the job that comes in. For her part, Halep, who holds her rank as tournament favorite for the moment – she has not left a single set in this first week – will face Iga Swiatek in the round of 16.
Station in Swiatek
The young Polish, 19, confirmed her good mood by joining the first round of 16, for the second year in a row, with a victory over the Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-2. Swiatek has developed a promising panoply, between her skills as a raiser, her efficiency at the net – 9 successful climbs out of 10 attempted – and her solidity from the baseline.
Only downside, a crumbly service – 50% of first balls only – which allowed Bouchard to erase a break at the start of the second set. But the Polish, already present this year in the 8th finals at the Australian Open and in the 3rd round at the US Open, then put an end to all suspense, making 4 games in a row to conclude in 1 hour and 14 minutes.
Svitolina still hanging on
Elina Svitolina will be present at the meeting of the round of 16. But the Ukrainian was again jostled by the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova (31st in the WTA ranking). She won 6-4, 7-5 after 1h40 of a hung match. In the next round, she will face Caroline Garcia (45th) or Elise Mertens (20th).
“It was not an easy game. I knew she was hitting hard and flat. I had to run a lot“commented Svitolina, who spent as much time on the court as in her second round where she gave up a white set to Mexican qualifier Renata Zarazua (178th) before winning 6-3, 0-6, 6 -2. “It’s always good to be in week two of a Grand Slam. It’s different this year without the public, but you have to know how to appreciate the Grand Slam tournaments“, welcomed Svitolina.