Van Uytvanck had a difficult first set, but then restored the balance. In the third set, she quickly took the victory. “I had a tactical plan, but made too many mistakes in the beginning ”, Van Uytvanck analyzed. “After that I adapted better, and in a way I waited for my moment. Little by little I came into the game, and in the third move I played very well. I dared more then. I also worked on my volley and I am happy to see it paid off. ”
In the second round, the Croatian Donna Vekic (WTA 30) or the Romanian Irina Maria Bara (WTA 142) awaits Van Uytvanck. “I know both players, but I don’t feel like thinking about the game yet”, our compatriot continued. “I want to enjoy this victory first. Normally I play the doubles tomorrow (with her partner Greet Minnen, ed.), That’s what I’m going to focus on. We’ll see afterwards. I know Vekic is a great player with great shots. Bara may be a bit more regular. But above all I have to look at myself. ”
Van Uytvanck is in Paris for her sixth participation in the main draw. She achieved her best result in 2015, when she reached the quarter-finals. Last edition she was killed in the first round.
Elise Mertens (WTA 20) previously qualified smoothly for the second round in the French capital. In the opening round, she did not have too many problems with the Russian Margarita Gasparyan (WTA 122). Our compatriot finally made it in two sets: 6-2 and 6-3 after 1 hour and 43 minutes. In the second round, the Estonian Kaia Kanepi (WTA 106) waits for the Limburgian, the sixteenth seed.
Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 80) and Greet Minnen (WTA 110) got a suit in the first round and had to drip in the singles. Flipkens lost against Kazakh Yulia Putintseva (WTA 27) in two sets: 6-1 and 6-2. De Kempense took part in Roland Garros for the twelfth time, but never made it past the second round. Minnen, who celebrated her debut on the main draw in Paris, was heavily defeated against Argentinean qualifying player Nadia Podoroska (WTA 131) in two sets: 6-2 and 6-1.
Gillé and Vliegen drip into doubles
Sander Gillé and Joran Vliegen have not been able to qualify for the second round (sixteenth finals) of the doubles. The Limburg tandem lost in the first round against Argentinian Andres Molteni and Monegask Hugo Nys in three sets: 4-6, 6-3 and 6-3. The game lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Gillé and Vliegen made their debut in Paris as a duo. It was the turn of flying last edition, alongside Mikhail Kukushkin from Kazakhstan. They then reached the quarter-finals. Both Belgians did not hide their disappointment afterwards. “Dramatic, there is no other word for it,” said Gillé. “We got off to a good start, but in the second set the game image changed and we fell further and further away.”
“I have no explanation for this”, was also the sound of Vliegen. “Things didn’t go well in the third set either. Our serve was able to continue, but our returns were lost. They gained confidence and we collapsed. ”
Pliskova advanced to the second round
Second seed Karolina Pliskova (WTA 4) has qualified for the second round. In the opening round, the Czech was nevertheless not under the market against the Egyptian qualifying player Mayar Sherif (WTA 172), who decided the first set with a tiebreak 6-7 (7/9) in her favor. In the next two sets (6-2 and 6-4), Pliskova dealt smoothly with the first Egyptian player ever on the main draw of a grand slam tournament.
In the second round, Pliskova takes on the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko (WTA 43), the surprising laureate on the Parisian gravel three years ago. Earlier today, Ostapenko settled smoothly in the first round with American Madison Brengle (WTA 77): 6-2 and 6-1.
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