Serena Williams qualified for the second round of the Roland Garros 2021, the much awaited Parisian Slam, not by shining, but by winning as only the champions can do. The American rebels against a faded performance and the climax of the match against Irina Camelia Begu lies in the 4 points in a row, obtained with anger and with class, which allow Serena to cancel two set points at the tie break of the first set and transform the 4-6 in the 8-6 with a lot of final scream.
The second set quickly becomes little more than a pass for Williams who puts two breaks between himself and the Romanian and closes the question at 6-2. In the second round, the American champion, on the hunt for the 24th Slam title that would equal her at Maragaret Court, will face another Romanian, Buzarnescu.
Iga Swiatek, winner of the 2020 autumn title, defeated on Phulippe Chatrier Kaja Juvan. The 6-0 of the first set shows the superiority of the Polish, while in the second set the match becomes balanced but Iga is a tennis player with a thousand resources and great mental strength, qualifying in straight sets.
Bianca Andreescu was instead eliminated in three incredible sets by Tamara Zidansek.
BREAKING NEWS: Naomi Osaka withdrew from Roland Garros 2021!
Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Roland Garros 2021! The young star made it known through her social media.
The Japanese tennis player greeted Paris after being fined for not attending the press conferences, and after a joint statement of the four seasonal Slams, which threatened further sanctions. In the statement, the former world number one says he suffered from episodes of depression after winning her first Grand Slam.
She wrote: "Hi everyone, this is not the situation I imagined or intended to create when I wrote a few days ago. Now I believe that the best thing for the tournament, for the other players and for my health is that I withdraws from the tournament so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis that is being played in Paris.
I never wanted to be a distraction. I admit that my timing was not ideal and that my message could have been clearer. Above all, not I never wanted to trivialize the topic of mental health or use this expression lightly. The truth is that I have suffered from long depressive episodes since the US Open 2018 and it has not been easy to live with.
Everyone who knows me knows that I am introverted, and everyone who has seen me in tournaments has noticed that I often wear headphones because this helps me to alleviate social anxiety. The tennis press has always been nice to me (and I want to apologize especially to those good journalists I might have hurt), but it doesn't come naturally to me to speak in public and the fact that I have to speak to the international media gives me a lot of anxiety.
I get nervous and it's stressful for me to always try to have these relationships and give you the best answer I can give you. Here in Paris I felt very vulnerable and anxious so I thought it was best to preserve myself and skip the press conferences.
I announced it in advance because it seems to me that the rules are quite obsolete and I wanted to emphasize it. I wrote privately to the tournament to apologize and to explain that I would be more than happy to talk to them after the tournament, as the Grand Slams are intense.
I will be away from the pitch for a while, but when the time comes I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, for the journalists and for the fans. Anyway, I hope you all are well and safe, I love you and we will see each other when we see each other."