Italian Open: Halep, Pliskova, Azarenka advance at Italian Open | Tennis News

Prime seed Simona Halep overcame a few hiccups in her first match on the Italian Open in Rome to beat wildcard Jasmine Paolini 6-3, 6-Four and transfer into the third spherical on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old Wimbledon champion has solely misplaced twice this 12 months however discovered herself a break down in each units earlier than she recovered to seal her first victory since successful the Prague Open a month in the past.
World quantity two Halep, who had skipped the US Open because of Covid-19 considerations and opted to remain in Europe and observe on the claycourts forward of the French Open, appeared sluggish on the Foro Italico with 14 winners offset by 15 unforced errors.
“I used to be a little bit bit tight initially, it was powerful to get a rhythm in the entire match,” Halep instructed reporters.
“It is all the time powerful within the first match of the match and she or he performed very well. I felt like I performed very effectively when wanted.”

Halep had obtained a bye into the second spherical however was removed from her finest on serve and was damaged 5 instances within the match.
Nevertheless, Paolini was additionally let down by seven double faults within the match and Halep capitalised on her second serve, successful 15 of 17 factors to take the opening set.
She switched gears late within the second to take the sport away from the Italian, who was enjoying a top-10 participant for under the second time in her profession, as Halep completed the match after changing her eighth break level.
Second seed Karolina Pliskova began her title defence with a 6-3, 6-Three win over Barbora Strycova, changing 4 break factors and smashing 26 winners previous her Czech compatriot.
In the meantime, Belarusian Victoria Azarenka beat American Venus Williams 7-6(7), 6-2 to arrange a second-round conflict with third seed Sofia Kenin.

After successful the Western & Southern Open final month and shedding the US Open last in New York over the weekend, Azarenka had no issues switching from hardcourt to clay in simply 4 days.
“Totally different floor was undoubtedly difficult however I really feel like I tailored very effectively,” Azarenka mentioned. “I felt that this was an ideal match for me to determine it out, the primary match on clay.

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