2020 Roland Garros: Petra Kvitova's scores a win; Elina Svitolina follows suit

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2020 Roland Garros: Petra Kvitova's scores a win; Elina Svitolina follows suit

Seventh seed Petra Kvitova won her opener at 2020 Roland Garros against France’s Oceane Dodin on Monday. The Czech won 6-3, 7-5 in an hour and 17 minutes. Both players started the match with high intensity without giving the other any opportunity to dominate.

However, as the match progressed, Kvitova eased into it further finding winners from all parts of the court even as her opponent started to shank her shots. A single break of serve in the seventh game of the opening set was enough to help Kvitova take the lead in the match.

The second set see-sawed a tad more as compared to the first with both players exchanging breaks. However, Kvitova captured a second break in the penultimate game of the set before serving it out convincingly to advance to the round-of-64.

Kvitova hit 29 winners and had 14 unforced errors. In comparison, Dodin hit 13 winners and had 22 unforced errors. Speaking to the media after her match, Kvitova talked about her rival for the day. Stating that she thought both she and Dodin had similar playing styles, Kvitova mentioned, “"We never played each other before, not even in practice, so it was really tough from the beginning, but I found actually she plays very aggressive, her shots are similar as mine, so I was just trying to wait for the chance to break her serve.

In the second she came back and really played much stronger and it was really tough in the end”. Kvitova will play Italian Jasmine Paolini in the second round. Paolini beat Spain’s Aliona Bolsova 6-4, 6-3. Another Italian, 2012 finalist Sara Errani also reached the second round.

Errani, who came through the qualifying draw this year, beat Puerto Rican Monica Puig 6-2, 6-1 in just 53 minutes. Errani will play fifth seed Kiki Bertens in the next round. Bertens came from a set down to beat Ukraine’s Katarina Zavatska 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 in two hours and five minutes.

Kvitova’s compatriot Katerina Siniakova also reached the second round without much of a fuss. Siniakova defeated American Lauren Davis 7-6(5), 6-2 in an hour and 43 minutes. The 61st ranked Siniakova will play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova next.

Pavlyuchenkova took down countrywoman and 28th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first round 6-1, 2-6, 6-1. In the all-American opener between Cici Bellis and Bernarda Pera, the latter took the win in straight sets 7-6(3), 6-1 in an hour and 26 minutes.

Pera awaits the 25th-seeded Amanda Anisimova who defeated Tamara Korpatsch in their round-of-128 match-up 6-2, 6-0.

2020 Roland Garros: Elina Svitolina builds a painstaking win

Tsvetana Pironkova, who received a wildcard into the main draw, continued her exploits from where she had left off at Flushing Meadows.

The 33-year-old beat Andrea Petkovic of Germany in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 13 minutes. The Bulgarian will set up a rematch of her 2020 US Open quarter-final against Serena Williams. Williams beat fellow American Kristie Ahn 7-6(2), 6-0 in an hour and 41 minutes.

Twenty-second seed Karolina Muchova was upset in the opening round. Christina McHale defeated the Czech in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 26 minutes. Muchova’s compatriot, 15th seed Marketa Vondrousova was also upset in her opener.

Poland’s Iga Swiatek ousted Vondrousova 6-1, 6-2 in just 63 minutes. Third seed Elina Svitolina needed an hour and 37 minutes to overcome Russian Varvara Gracheva 7-6(2), 6-4 in her 2020 Roland Garros first round. The Ukrainian who won the Strasbourg title on Sunday built a quick 4-1 lead over her opponent in the first set but Gracheva pegged her back to level the set at four-all.

In the tie-break, Svitolina once again took a lead and this time did well to maintain it and take the set 7-2 in the tie-break. In the second set, Gracheva broke Svitolina early to get a lead. In the eighth game, Svitolina broke Gracheva back and then won the next two games to clinch the win. Photo Credit: Roland Garros Twitter