Finally after many expectations, fears, controversies, controversies and hopes, the Australian Open 2021 has begun, the first Grand Slam of the season that will be played at Melbourne Park from 8 to 21 February, with the presence of a part of the crowd in the stands.
All the greatest tennis players on the planet have therefore made an appointment in Melbourne to play one of the most fascinating and important sporting events of the sporting season, the first real appointment with great tennis after the appetizer of the ATP and WTA events in Melbourne the week before the Australian Open.
There is no Roger Federer, who will return on the court in the next ATP Doha event. Simona Halep avenges her defeat at the Roland Garros 2020 and beats the young and talented Polish Iga Swiatek in three sets, surprise winner in the last Parisian Grand Slam.
She is the Pole to win the first set 6-3, taking the decisive break in the eighth game. Halep grows while Swiatek, perhaps too aggressive, makes many mistakes and after winning the second set 6-1, the Romanian, seeded number 2 of the tournament closes in the decisive set 6-4.
Thus ends the streak of consecutive victories in the Slams of Swiatek that she had won 11 matches and 23 consecutive sets (including today's) before surrendering to Simona's strength.