IMAGE: Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka in motion throughout her first round match in opposition to Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
Aryna Sabalenka took her time to get going however powered into the second round of the French Open with a complete 6-3, 6-2 win over Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk in a feisty conflict to start the yr’s second Grand Slam on Sunday.
Sabalenka gave the impression to be in a spot of trouble on serve early on and fell behind 2-3, however the unseeded Kostyuk couldn’t construct on her benefit and the Australian Open champion struck again instantly with a strong crosscourt volley on breakpoint.
IMAGE: Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk wilted beneath the Paris solar. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
Second seed Sabalenka wrapped up the primary set in type in entrance of a sparse Court Philippe Chatrier crowd earlier than pouncing within the subsequent with an early break and one other to go up 4-1, as Kostyuk wilted beneath the Paris solar.
The Belarusian raised her degree once more late within the match to save lots of two breakpoints and shut out the victory in 71 minutes.