Maria Sharapova defeated Viktoria Kuzmova in straight sets in the first round 7-6(8), 6-0, to reach the Mallorca Open second round. After her win, in the press conference, the Russian player said: “It’s my first win in about three or four months.
It’s great to be here in Mallorca; what a great place to train and have a warm-up tournament. It’s been amazing for all of us here, and it’s just been nice to experience it for the first time. It’s always nice to get a victory.
It’s been a while since I’ve been out there, so it was good to put down a few things I’ve worked on, put the arms into action. There’s still a lot to work on and improve, but I had to start somewhere”.
Caroline Garcia beat Victoria Azarenka in three sets. The French player said: “It was definitely difficult. I arrived only yesterday. So, I had to get everything ready and organize myself and be ready. For sure, I was feeling tired in the first set, but sometimes, mentally, you are stronger than you think.
That’s what I tried to do. Keep fighting, and in the third set, I was definitely feeling better”. Belinda Bencic went past Rebecca Peterson. The Swiss said: “It felt very nice to be back on grass after a hard-fought victory today.
It was a very difficult match, only the little details decided it. On grass, it’s always important to stay mentally strong, and I’m glad I did that today. I always adjust pretty good from clay to grass, because the grass is very natural for me and clay isn’t. So for me, the transition has been good. I find it harder to adjust after, from grass to hard courts”.