The match of the day in the Rome women’s draw Monday went one way, and that was the way of young star Naomi Osaka who destroyed Victoria Azarenka 6-0, 6-3 for her first European clay win of the season.
“I feel like if I had more matches and I kind of understood the clay better, then probably [I could play well on it],” Osaka said.
“I feel like everyone has had a lot more experience than me on clay, so, hopefully, I’ll just keep playing on it and see what happens.”
US Open champion Sloane Stephens and finalist Madison Keys were also winners. Miami semifinalist Danielle Collins got a win but Coco Vandeweghe fell for the Americans.
In a sentimental match, Roberta Vincini retired from the game in front of her home fans. The former US Open finalist fell to Alexandra Krunic in three sets.
“I decided at the end of last year, and I said, ‘Okay, relax, and try to play three or four more months and say goodbye to all the people,’” Vinci said.
“I never changed my mind during these months, so I was completely sure that I wanted to stop. I tried to arrive here in good form, in good shape…but now, I’m good. I can relax.”
Tuesday sees Maria Sharapova in action against Ash Barty. Elina Svitolina and French champ Jelena Ostapenko also headline.
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