At the Roland Garros 2021, another alternating performance by Serena Williams. The American champion played a perfect first set in her service, losing only three points and not giving Mihaela Buzarnescu any chance. Serena made the break tests in the sixth game, but she got the response wrong and postponed the speech for a few minutes.
At 4-3 she put pressure on the opponent, who committed a serious double fault on the break point. In the second portion of the game, Williams had a chance to move forward in both the first and fifth games, but she threw it all away and hit the ball badly more than once.
The Romanian took courage and found the strength to snatch her opponent's serve despite the more than negative statistics in response. The American did not allow herself to be conditioned by the disadvantage and she got the immediate counter-break in the seventh game, in which she again took control of the trading.
However, things took an unexpected turn in the final: Williams wasted the two break points that would have led her to serve for the match and Buzarnescu conquered the set with a lightning backhand. The Romanian canceled the good things she did in the second set and gave the American the break with yet another heavy double fault.
An error that extinguished her hopes and gave strength to Williams, who closed with a resounding 6-1. In the other women's singles matches, Victoria Azarenka beat the very young Clara Tauson. In the second set, they both showed strong service insecurities, but Azarenka's experience made all the difference in the world.
As in the first set, Tauson trembled in the final part and handed the match to the Belarusian. Daria Kasatkina, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Madison Keys beat Belinda Bencic, Ajla Tomljanovic and Leylah Fernandez in two sets respectively.
In the bottom half of the main draw, without Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, Alexander Zverev is the most important name of the Parisian morning. After being forced to chase for two sets against Otte on his debut, the German ended Safiullin's practice in three sets, albeit with some too much effort.
The Russian qualifier, in fact, reaches the tie-break both in the first and in the third set, but without ever winning it. With a score of 7-6, 6-3, 7-6 in double figures with double fouls but also with 15 aces, Zverev reaches the third round where he will find Laslo Djere, victorious today in the derby against Kecmanovic after coming back two sets of disadvantage .
The lower part of the main draw was then hit by yet another surprise elimination. An unrecognizable Roberto Bautista Agut has in fact succumbed in four sets to world number 150 Henri Laaksonen.