Osaka and Halep start with victory; Svitolina and Keys fall

Osaka, number one in the world, beat the Slovakian Cibulkova (6-2 and 7-6 (6)). Halep swept Gasparyan (6-0, 6-4). Parmentier got off Svitolina and Cirstea, Keys.

Naomi Osaka, number one in the world and first favorite, started at the Mutua Madrid Open with a more worked victory than the marker indicates against the competitive and veteran Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova (29), who won by 6-2 and 7 -6 (6) in 1h: 55.

Osaka, who has not found the best sensations after his triumph in Australia and his assault on the leadership of the ranking, took good (8 aces) and broke four times the service of his rival, who came back in the second set when it had almost lost and reached a tiebreaker in which the Japanese prevailed with troubles, which will be measured now to the Spanish Sara Sorribes. Simona Halep (3rd), who beat Gasparyan of Russia without a problem, 6-0 and 6-4 in 74 minutes, failed. Sloane Stephens (8th) also easily got rid of the Slovenian Hercog (6th). -2 and 7-6 (4)) and will face Azarenka in the second round; and Karolina Pliskova suffered to upset the young Ukrainian Yastremska (18 years old) by 5-7, 7-6 (5) and 6-3.

Five top-20, eliminated

Russian Viktoria Kuzmova was surprised to get out of the German Julia Goerges (16th) in the sets: 7-5 and 6-4, while the Croatian Vekic threw the Chinese Qiang Wang (15th) to beat her for the same result (7-5 and 6-4). There are still no cheers in the tournament and the Ukrainian Svitolina, sixth seed, who said goodbye to the French Parmentier (6-4 and 7-6 (6)), and the American Madison Keys, defeated by the Romanian Cirstea in three sets (3-6, 6-4 and 6-1). And bad luck for the Danish Caroline Wozniacki (11th), who had to retire, when she lost 3-0 against the Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, due to some discomfort in the twin of her left leg, which she had protected with a bandage.

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