Osaka, Sakkari, Svitolina and Bencic get off the AO mark – Tennis Sports

As the dust settles around the Novak Jobovich visa case, the focus will be on tennis at the Australian Open. Defending champions Naomi Osaka, Maria Sakkari, Elina Svitolina and Belinda Bencic all successfully completed the opening round, but Coco Gauff failed. , 17 years old loses Qiang Wang 6-3 6-4 to 30 years old from China.

Given the situation, I thought I was able to play pretty well. I didn’t know much about my opponent, but I thought she played great. She was fighting in every respect.It was definitely a special feeling to be back here and I played a warm-up tournament [in Melbourne] Before the Grand Slam a week ago. It’s always nice to start this year with this tournament as there are so many really good memories here. Naomi Osaka

Ons Jabeur, the ninth seed from Tunisia, will also participate. Ons Jabeur withdrew prior to the first match and replaced Lucky Loser Irinabara.

“Unfortunately, we have to withdraw from the first round of the Australian Open today,” Jabber said in a statement. “I had a back injury in Sydney last week. I thought I was all ready and recovered in time to play here.

“Unfortunately the pain is still very much and playing in such a situation could endanger my entire season. I now rest and come back as soon as possible. Treat yourself. “

Maria Sakkari passed two tight sets to defeat Tachiyana Maria on the first day at Melbourne Park

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Five-seeded Maria Sakkari and Olympic champion Belinda Bencic were one of the first big names to win on Monday, with the Greeks being the world’s No. 287 Tachiyana Maria in Germany before winning 6-4 7-6 (2). I played against.

Maria was relieved that she made it to the semi-finals at both the French Open and the US Open last year, just by entering the season’s opening Grand Slam in a special ranking after her second child was born and took maternity leave. .. she.

“Everyone knows that the first round is not that easy,” Sakkari said. “Thanks to Tatjana, she played a really great match.

“She is playing a very strange game in a good way. I found it really hard to find my rhythm for her.”

Sakkari, who crashed in the first round in Melbourne last year, admitted that he was worried before finishing the season in the top ten for the first time and played the first match of the 2022 Open at Rod Laver Arena. rice field.

“I was a little stressed because I was holding this tournament on this wonderful court. It’s a privilege,” the Greeks added. “I’m very happy to find a way to win and stay in the tournament.”

For the first time in her career, Sakkari, who was seeded in the Top 10 in a Grand Slam, took 1 hour and 46 minutes to dodge a former Top 50 player.

“I didn’t feel good there, but I found a solution and a way to win,” Sakkari said later. “She plays tricky games, which can make her feel uncomfortable on the court.

“Yes, it was a decent match. I’m like a survivor.”

Maria matched Sakkari four on the ace, but the Greeks were ultimately more aggressive players, helping 13 more winners than the Germans finish her two close sets.

Maria’s double fault at the break point 4-4 in the first set gave Sakkari the first important break, from which she put out the opener.

The second time Maria held three breakpoints, but none of them could be converted. Upon entering the tiebreaker, Sakkari gained the upper hand and ended the match with a forehand winner.

Sakkari meets Chung Qin Wen, a soaring Chinese qualifier, after the age of 19 when he made his first WTA semifinal in Melbourne Somerset 1 two weeks ago. -3 1-6 7-6 (5) Match tiebreaker for the first 3rd set of the tournament.

Belinda Bencic, recently infected with COVID, passed Kristina Mladenovic in a straight set at Melbourne Park.

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Bencic, who played in his second event since being infected with COVID-19 last month, had no protracted effect by defeating France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 6-3.

Prior to the battle between the former top 10 players, Mladenovic maintained a slim lead of 4 to 3, but Bencic changed his rivalry after converting four of the six break points in an hour and a half match. I was able to tie it.

“I think we know each other very well, [me and] Christina, so we read each other’s games very well, “Bencic said. “It was a little tricky, but I’m glad it was solid.

“I don’t think I played the best tennis. I’m not there yet, but I’m very happy to be able to stay in the match at a crucial moment.”

The 24-year-old player who showed “severe” symptoms was one of many players who returned a positive test after playing at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi.

“I definitely think of the COVID I had for Christmas, it didn’t help much, so I’m still looking for this kind of confidence … in court,” World No. 22 said.

The Swiss added that they struggled after losing to final winner Paula Badosa in the Sydney Tennis Classic quarterfinals last week.

“My pulse was very high in practice, and even after Sydney, after the Badosa match, I was very, very tired … I said it was getting better day by day. I think, “she said.

“Definitely for my tennis, that’s what I didn’t practice for 14 days in the middle of the preseason … my fitness was definitely very off, and I have to make it very slow It didn’t become.

“Sydney has helped me a lot. I’m happy to play three games there. I played better than I expected … I was a little worried if I could play in Sydney.

“I’m not too worried about this, but it’s just the beginning of the season and I’m a little short of practice.”

Here, 22-seeded Bencic fought over Dutch qualifiers Arian Hartno 2-6 6-4 6-3, with the Americans winning their second WTA singles title in Melbourne Somerset 2 two weeks ago. After that, we will play against Amanda Anhalitova next.

Naomi Osaka is happy to be back in Melbourne after overcoming the struggles of last season

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Osaka won twice at Melbourne Park, but has only 13 seeds as they tackled complex mental health issues last season and missed for several months, including Wimbledon.

The Japanese returned to match play in Australia, and in the first round at Rod Laver Arena, the current champion passed the rising Colombian Camilla Osorio 6-3 6-3, so the AO was cloudy. It led the title defense to a good start. ..

Former World No. 1 who won here last year and 2019 took 68 minutes to quell the challenge from 20-year-old Osorio, who is currently in the top 50 of his career.

“I thought it was really great to play [Osorio]”Osaka said at a press conference after the match. “She was fighting loudly. I think it’s something special. I really praised her.

“I thought she had a big profit. She was really bold. She set foot in the immediate vicinity of the line.

“I think it was pretty solid. I think I was a little depressed at 5-0, but fortunately I was able to close it.

“I hope it’s not in that position in the next game. If so, I’ve already done this time and I think I’ll learn from it.”

Osorio was one of the top-ranked movers in 2021 and had her first main draw appearance down-under, but at the first meeting, the Colombians tried to take on Japan’s second serve further. As a result, Osaka led 5-0. Finally, it was rewarded for three games in a row.

In 5-3, Osorio held two break points to pull the serve back, but Osaka used her fierce forehand and a great serve to get out of the situation and finish the set in 30 minutes.

Osaka led 2-1 in the first break of the second set, and from there it went smoothly towards the four Grand Slam champions, making the rest of the match easier without threatening.

She finished with an excellent 83% success rate behind the first serve, converted four of the six breakpoints, and against Osorio as the Japanese player effectively had a big impact on her. With 19 winners, we advanced to the second round. -Blow game.

“Given the situation, I thought I was able to play pretty well,” Osaka later said. “I didn’t know much about my opponent, but I thought she played great. She was fighting in every respect.

“It definitely feels special to be back here. I played a warm-up tournament. [in Melbourne] Before the Grand Slam a week ago.

“I have a lot of really good memories here, so it’s always a good feeling to start this year with this tournament.”

Osaka improved an impressive record to 19-2 in a major first round appearance, then the United States played against Diana Yastremska after the Ukrainians retired 6-10-6 5-0. Plays Madison Brengle.

The 24-year-old said she was approaching this Grand Slam in a new way. “I brought my diary, so I write my feelings every day.”

She also revealed a superstition familiar to fans watching Rafael Nadal’s actions. “You need to straighten the bottle of water completely. I don’t know why.”

Osaka also consciously avoids stepping on the white lines on the court or the Melbourne logo.

Elina Svitolina won the opener against Fiona Ferro, lagging Australia’s two summer defeats.

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Elina else, Ukraine’s 15th seed Elina Svitolina defeated France’s Fiona Ferro 6-1 7-6 (4) in 1 hour 32 minutes to advance to the second round.

Svitolina, a two-time Australian Open quarter-finalist in 2018 and 2019, has beaten Ferro twice in a row, converting four out of eight break chances and knocking out Yulia. Set up a meeting with a French woman, Harmony Tan, Putintseva, Kazakhstan, 6-3 6-3.

Last year’s Canadian WTA 1000 champion Camila Giorgi, Italy’s No. 30 seed, defeated Russia’s Anastasia Potapova 6-4 6-0 to win the final eight games in a row.

“I think it was a great match. [my] It’s one of the first of the year, so I think it’s very important to get the rhythm, “George told the press after the victory.

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Osaka, Sakkari, Svitolina and Bencic get off the AO mark Osaka, Sakkari, Svitolina and Bencic get off the AO mark

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