Naomi Osaka still has problems on clay-courts: the Japanese, fresh from the defeat against Karolina Muchova in Madrid, was defeated by Jessica Pegula in the second round of the Italian Open 2021. The Japanese, who does not even find the support of the first ball, and she gives up on the threshold of ninety minutes of play. The 7-6 (2) 6-2 final is emblematic.
Ashleigh Barty instead grabs the tenth victory in the last ten games on clay, thanks to a very quick 6-4 6-1 against the Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova. Veronika Kudermetova will be waiting for the world number one in the second round. In one of the most fascinating matches of the day, Elina Svitolina manages to recover a set behind Amanda Anisimova. Still on the hunt for certainties this season after a decisively negative start.
Petra Kvitova and Maria Sakkari both eliminated. The Czech tennis player gives in surprisingly to Vera Zvonareva ten years after the last time. Cori Gauff, once again thanks to the third set, manages to break down the resistance of the number eighteen of the big group at the Foro Italico.
The 6-1 1-6 6-1 final was as fluctuating as it was emlematic. Garbine Muguruza risks, but passes, who needs to recover a mega-disadvantage of 0-4 during the deciding set and a partial 7-1 to dismiss the Bernarda Pera practice. Aryna Sabalenka’s problems against Sara Sorribes Tormo last a set