Victoria Azarenka reached the second round of Roland Garros 2020, thanks to a 6-1 6-2 victory over Danka Kovinic. As soon as the first drops of rain arrived on the court, Azarenka refused to continue playing and left the pitch, thus causing the match to be suspended.
Regarding the episode she said in the press-conference: "It's not about being unhappy with the situation, it's about having a little understanding. First of all I don't think you were sitting in the stadium; during the warm-up it was drizzling, and when it drizzles for a while.
couple of hours in a row it gets a bit heavy. My opponent slipped in the third game, so I guess she didn't feel comfortable either. "I didn't see a reason to stay on the pitch when it's eight degrees and it's raining; I asked my opponent if she wanted to wait on the court or off, she told me she didn't want to stay on the pitch and so I thought I don't want to waste my time sitting here getting cold if the conditions aren't right.
play." In the last few days the weather conditions and the Parisian temperatures have worsened, and also in the next few days a worsening of the weather is expected.
At the resumption of the match, on 2-1 for Vika, Kovinic was unable to find the right countermeasures to stop the technical, athletic and mental power of the Belarusian who ended 6-1, without leaving opportunities for her opponent.
Thanks to a super-service and the many mistakes of her opponent, Azarenka was able to win her first Parisian round after an hour, ending the second set for 6-2, showing again a great shape, which is going on from the Western and Southern Open and the US Open.
Now two-time champion Sam will face Schmiedlova in the second round of the 2020 French Open. Meanwhile Simona Halep got the second round of the French Open 2020 thanks to a very good wins over Sara Sorribes Tormo, with the final score of 6-4 6-0.
In the second round of the Parisian Slam Simona will meet the winner of the challenge between Begu and Teichmann. The most important novelties of this edition are obviously the retractable roof on the Philippe Chatrier and the lights, which will allow you to play indoor matches in the evening session.
There will be the conditions to play under the roof, and, so, indoor: what players could benefit of these new facilities? This will be a very unique edition, also because they will play in Autumn.