Swiatek Bakes Bagels, Badosa Beats Jabeur; Gauff, Keys-Azarenka Sat. At Rome Masters
Iga Swiatek opened her title defense in the best possible way hammering former French Open finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0, 6-0 in the second round at the Rome Masters.
“When I’m playing these kind of matches, I’m just trying to be focused,” Swiatek said to the WTA. “It’s actually pretty hard to be focused when you are really thinking [about the score]. So I’m trying to remember what got me this nice score, what I should do to continue playing that well. I just want to be consistent in it.
“In my opinion, the score doesn’t really matter and it doesn’t have any influence on my feeling on the court. I’m just trying to play my best tennis no matter what the score is.”
Paula Badosa bounced the 2022 runner-up Ons Jabeur in straights 6-1, 6-4 in a minor upset. There were five breaks in the second before Badosa got up on top for good. Jabeur was returning after a calf injury last month in Stuttgart.
“I’m really happy, to be honest,” Badosa said afterward. “I think I started very, very well the first set. The second said she played a little bit better. I stayed in the tough moments. I played quite well and I’m really happy about the level.”
No. 7 seed Elena Rybakina dismissed Italian Jasmine Paolini 7-6(7-4), 6-1.
Elsewhere, No. 10 Barbora Krejcikova cruised past Danka Kovinic 6-2, 4-1. 16th-seeded Liudmila Samsonova ousted Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3. Ninth-seeded Maria Sakkari rolled (53y,r) Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-3.
Karolina Muchova stunned No. 18 Martina Trevisan 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. The 20th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko got by Sorana Cirstea of Romania in a match that went the distance 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
Italian veteran Camila Giorgi surprised the 15th-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 6-2. The 21st-seeded Donna Vekic dismissed Aliaksandra Sasnovich 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Anna Kalinskaya upset No. 25 seed Elise Mertens in three 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. The Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova rolled past 24th-seeded Bianca Andreescu 6-0, 6-1. The Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko shocked No. 28 seed Bernarda Pera 6-4, 6-4.
Third round opens Saturday with seeds colliding.
No. 5 Caroline Garcia clashes with Camila Osorio, No. 6 Coco Gauff clashes with No. 27 Marie Bouzkova, No. 11 Veronika Kudermetova faces No. 23 Anastasia Potapova, No. 12 Beatriz Haddad Maia meets No. 17 Magda Linette and No. 14 Victoria Azarenka clashes with No. 19 Madison Keys.
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