Getty Images / Robert Prange / Pictured: Bianca Andreescu
A great battle at Roland Garros 2023 in Paris! The clash between the two Grand Slam champions, Canadians Bianca Andreescu and Victoria Azarenka, took an unusual turn.
Bianca Andreescu (WTA 42) won the 2019 US Open. Wiktoria Azarenka (WTA 18) is the winner of the 2012 and 2013 Australian Open. On Tuesday, these tennis players fought an incredible battle at Roland Garros. The Canadian recovered from 2-6, 1-3 and 15-40 to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
After a dramatic comeback in the second set, Andreescu earned a break in the third to make it 2-1. The Canadian did not give up the advantage, but that does not mean that the emotions have passed. There were a lot of them until the last action. In the fourth and sixth games, Azarenka wasted a total of four break points. At 5-4, Andreescu lost four match points, three of them at 40-0. She used the fifth and qualified for the second round after 2.5 hours of fighting.
Both players had four breaks each. Azarenka had 16 break points and Andreescu had seven. The Canadian had 47 knockouts with 24 unforced errors. Her rival had 33 straight wins and 27 errors. It was the first match between these Grand Slam champions.
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Andreescu’s next opponent will be Emma Navarro (WTA 75), who won 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 over Erika Andreeva (WTA 147). In the third set, the American is reborn from 0-3 and 15-40. In the match, which lasted two hours and two minutes, she converted five of 11 break points. She had 32 finishers with 23 unforced errors. Andreeva was credited with 23 outright wins and 31 errors.
Petra Martic (WTA 38) defeated Shelby Rogers (WTA 34) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. The meeting lasted two hours and one minute. The Croatian dismissed the application three times and used five of nine break points. Lauren Davis (WTA 52) won 6-3, 6-3 against Lin Zhu (WTA 40). In 84 minutes, the American lost four serves and obtained seven breaks.
Roland GarrosParis, France)
Grand Slam, clay, prize pool of 49.6 million euros
tuesday 30 may
1st singles round:
Bianca Andreescu (Canada) v Victoria Azarenka (18) 2:6, 6:3, 6:4
Petra Martić (Croatia) v Shelby Rogers (USA, 32) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Lauren Davis (USA) – Lin Zhu (China) 6-3, 6-3
Emma Navarro (USA, WC) v Erika Andreeva (LL) 6:2, 3:6, 6:4
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