French Open: Elena Rybakina, Aryna Sabalenka earn dominant opening wins

Rybakina and Sabalenka easily through to the French Open second round.

by Dzevad Mesic
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French Open: Elena Rybakina, Aryna Sabalenka earn dominant opening wins
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Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka have both made winning and convincing starts to their French Open campaigns on Tuesday. Rybakina, seeded at No. 4, was the first on Court Suzanne Lenglen on Tuesday's schedule as the Kazakh tennis star ousted Greetje Minnen 6-2 6-3.

A couple of hours later, No. 2 seed Sabalenka also got off to a strong start to her run at Roland Garros as the Belarusian tennis star ousted world No. 100 Erika Andreeva 6-1 6-2. In the second round, Rybakina plays against the winner of the match between three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber and Arantxa Rus.

On the other side, Sabalenka plays either Moyuka Uchijima or Irene Burillo Escorihuela in her next match.

How Rybakina ousted Minnen?

Although Rybakina ended up beating Minnen with just five games lost, It was the Kazakh who made a slow start to the match as the Belgian claimed an early break for a 2-0 lead.

But being down by an early break wasn't an issue for Rybakina, who responded by winning the next six games to easily overturn the deficit and win the first set in an impressive way.

Elena Rybakina© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

After winning the last six games of the first set, Rybakina also started the second set with back-to-back breaks and a 4-0 lead to prolong her run to 10 consecutive games won.

In the fifth game, Minnen managed to get one break back but Rybakina again went up by a double break in the sixth game. Then, Rybakina missed out on a match point in the seventh game and got broken back but she closed out the match in the ninth game after realizing her third match point.

How Sabalenka dismantled Andreeva?

After the opening two games of the match, Sabalenka and Andreeva were tied to one game apiece. Then, Sabalenka went on to win the next five games and easily win the opener.

Aryna Sabalenka© Getty Images Sport - Dan Istitene

Up by a set, Sabalenka also went up by a break after breaking Andreeva in the first game of the second set.

Down by a set and a break, Andreeva earned her first break of the match in the second game of the second set. But Andreeva getting the break back didn't change much as Sabalenka claimed breaks in the third and seventh games to easily complete her two-set win.

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