Halep falls in its opening and Osaka will be in quarters with Bertens

The Romanian, finalist in the last two editions of the tournament, fell at the first exchange by a score of 2-6, 7-5 and 6-3.


The Romanian Simona Halep, number 2 of the WTA ranking and finalist in the last two editions of the Roman tournament, lost this Thursday in its premiere at the Foro Italico against the Czech Marketa Vondrousova, by 2-6, 7-5 and 6-3.

Halep, 27 years old and champion of Roland Garros in 2018, surrendered for the second time in as many matches played against Vondrousova, number 44 in the world and who debuted this year on the clay of the Foro Italico.

After the elimination of the current champion of Rome, the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, and the retiradas by injury of the American Seren Williams or the Danish Caroline Wozniacki, the Foro Italico loses another one of its great protagonists. And is that Halep started with force and won the first part 6-2 in just 33 minutes, before starting to suffer with the serve and succumb to the reaction of Vondrousova, who had already won this year in Indian Wells. In the next round, the Czech player will face the Russian Daria Kasatkina, with the ticket for rooms in play.

Osaka is already in the quarter

The Japanese Naomi Osaka, number 1 in the world, won 6-3 and 6-3 this Thursday at the Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu and qualified for the quarterfinals of the tournament in Rome, which will face the Dutch Kiki Bertens, recent champion in Madrid.

Osaka, who this afternoon eliminated the Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova, interestingly with the same result (6-3 and 6-3), it took an hour and a quarter to subdue Bouzarnescu for the second time in so many previous matches, after Nottinhham 2018. The Japanese, champion of the US Open 2018 and of the Australian Open this year, he is getting ready to take on Bertens, who eliminated Carla Suárez Navarro from Spain on Thursday. The balance between these two players, which will be measured for the first time on clay, is 1- 1: Osaka won at Acapulco 2016 while Bertens triumphed in 2018 in Singapore.

In other matches played this morning the Russian Daria Kasatkina beat the Czech Katerina Siniakova by 2-6, 6-4 and 6-1 and the French Kristina Mladenovic He led one of the surprises of the day after beating the Swiss Belinda Bencic by 6-2, 2-6 and 6-1.



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