After the previous year’s French Open final, Simona Halep has admitted that she had come out “very strong” against her opponent Sloane Stephens. For the one and a half set, the Romanian’s aggressive groundstrokes were met by the brick wall of American’s defense.
This was the only time when Halep dialed back the to the pace and also played with the consistency to make-every-ball that she was able to mount a comeback about Halep’s self-assessment during her first-round match on Tuesday which was against Ajla Tomljanovic. And again, Halep came out firing Then She moved forward in the court and took full, confident cuts at the ball, and also she closed out points on her terms which were against a taller and more powerful opponent. And this time all that worked, and she also won the first set 6-2.
Looking at Halep’s sharpness, it made for an obvious contrast with the woman who had preceded her on the Court Philippe Chatrier, Naomi Osaka. Despite the fact that Halep was defending the Grand Slam title for the very first time, as she wasn’t suffering from any of the nerves or flatness that plagued Osaka.
In spite of Halep’s aggressive stance that the harder she hit, the harder the 5’11” Tomljanovic hit her back. And the Croat-turned-Aussie likes pace, and when she gets it, she can crack a two-handed backhand past anyone, even, of course, the speedy Simona by the middle of the second set, Halep’s good play had even better-inspired play from the other side of the net.
The Worlds No.1 Naomi Osaka was just two points away from a sensational Roland Garros exit before she secures her place in the second round where she was also joined by the defending champion Simona Halep, who needed three sets to survive.
And the Top seed Osaka, who bids to add the French Open to her US and Australian Open titles, defeated Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 0-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-1.
Despite all this, she came within a whisker of becoming only the second top seed to lose in the first
The round in Paris in the modern era after Angelique Kerber in 2017.
Also, Osaka, who had arrived in Paris has been still feeling the effects of a hand injury suffered in Rome, who raced through the final set and will face former worlds number one and the two-time major winner Victoria Azarenka.
Osaka has ended the match with 10 aces, 36 winners and 38 unforced errors and just four of those coming in the decider.
Azarenka, who was a semi-finalist in 2013, has reached the second round for the first time since 2015 with a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) win over 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko.
Coming to the Third seed Halep overcame a second-set blip against the Australian Ajla Tomljanovic to win 6-2 3-6 6-1.