Simona Halep defeated Amanda Anisimova 6-1 6-0 in 54 minutes in the third round of Roland Garros 2020. Simona is the first favorite for the final victory of the Parisian Grand Slam: on clay-courts she seems to have no rivals and has progressed into the 4th round playing a very solid tennis.
In the press conference Halep told very interesting things, with sweet words about the French Open: "It would be great to have a Roland Garros in May and one in September. I win more because I smile more. I played a really good match, I knew I having to do something different than last year, when I stayed too far off the court and played too short.
If she has time to hit a shot, she is very dangerous. I don't feel the pressure and I'm not thinking about the title, it's still far and there are many players on the draw who are playing well. Of course I expect to do well too, because I feel fit, but that doesn't mean that I have to win every game.
I think the match against Swiatek will be similar to today's in technical themes, I'll have to fight."
Is Halep the favourite for the final victory?
Halep will face the Polish Iga Swiatek in the next round, author of an exceptional performance against Genie Bouchard especially with the backhand, winning over 80 percent of the points on the second of the Canadian revived.
Again this would be a rematch, albeit a cross one, as last year Halep won 6-1 6-0 in the fourth round, before losing to his victim yesterday. Amanda Anisimova is going through a difficult period, also due to the problems she has had off the pitch this past year, with the sudden death of her father and coach Konstantin, a tragedy that has certainly shaken the young American.
In the other matches of the women 'singles, Elina Svitolina eliminated the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova with a score of 6-4 7-5. Great surprise instead Nadia Podoroska, who makes the most of the opportunity to challenge Schmiedlova in a third Grand Slam round and qualifies for the first time in her career for the fourth round.
In front of the fans under the new roof of Philippe Chatrier Caroline Garcia, good at reassembling Elise Mertens at the end of a match rich in quality and twists, first of all five match points failed by the Frenchwoman before closing 7-5 to the third set.