Halep, Azarenka begin well in French Open

Second-ranked Simona Halep, who won the 2018 title, trailed 4-2 under the roof on Court Philippe Chatrier but claimed the final 10 games to progress in 82 minutes

By   |  Published: 27th Sep 2020  7:10 pm
Simona Halep returns to Sara Sorribes during their women's singles first round match. -Photo: AFP

Paris: Top seed and former champion Simona Halep swept into the second round of French Open on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Spanish world number 70 Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Second-ranked Halep, who won the 2018 title, trailed 4-2 under the roof on Court Philippe Chatrier but claimed the final 10 games to progress in 82 minutes.

The Romanian will meet compatriot Irina-Camelia Begu or Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann for a place in the third round.

Meanwhile, former world number one Victoria Azarenka believes the biting cold and steady rain at Roland Garros could cause serious injury after being forced to “sit like a duck” in weather conditions she blasted as “ridiculous” in her French Open first round tie.

The 31-year-old 10th seed eased past Danka Kovinic, the world number 74 from Montenegro, 6-1, 6-2 in just over an hour in a tie played out on an almost crowd-free Court Suzanne Lenglen due to coronavirus restrictions.

The US Open runner-up had been unhappy when rain fell steadily in the first set, adding to the misery of playing in 10 degrees (50F).