At the Mutua Madrid Open 2021, four-time Slam champion Naomi Osaka qualified for the second round thanks to a victory in straights sets for 7-5 6-2 against her countrywoman Misaki Doi. The Japanese suffered the break in the first round of service, but she found the immediate against break in the next game.
Next 5-4, the Japanese then lost her serve to zero playing the worst game of her match; she but then close the part on 7-5. Finally, in the second set, Osaka easily controlled the pace of the match and gained access to the second round.
You also won Halep on your debut. The Romanian literally dominated the first set, finished 6-0, and won 27 of the 39 total points. Romanian Simona Halep got the second round after the two sets wins against the Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo, with the final result of 6-0 7-5.
Simona, after climbing 5-1 in the second set, then decided to complicate her life and put Sara Sorribes Tormo back into the game, who quickly moved up to 5-5. The former world number one, however, returned to her level on the clay-court of Madrid, and she finished with the set and the game 7-5.
At the next round Halep will meet Saisai Zheng. In the othere matches, four-time Slam champion Naomi Osaka qualified for the second round thanks to a victory in straights sets for 7-5 6-2 against her countrywoman Misaki Doi.
Wins came for Karolina Pliskova, Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka. Jennifer Brady eliminated Venus Williams. Only one set lasted Cori Gauff against world number nine Karolina Pliskova. The young American tennis player started wavering in the final part of the first set, when she lost her serve at 5-4; a set that she still closed with a score of 7-5.
In the last two halves, however, Pliskova took control of the exchanges and completed the comeback in total fluency. At Arantxa Sanchez Stadium, Maria Sakkari found her tennis again after a bad first set lost 6-0. The Greek has signed a partial of 12 games to 5 between the second and the third set and bent in comeback Amanda Anisimova.
One of the most interesting first round matches was decided in the third set; match in which Victoria Azarenka beat Ekaterina Alexandrova by dominating the last portion of the game. Finally, the first round defeat of Venus Williams, who surrendered in two sets to compatriot Jennifer Brady, finalist of the last edition of the Australian Open, should be noted.