Elina Svitolina has lost in the third round at Roland Garros for the last two years, is she going to go better this time around after winning the title on clay in Strasbourg? She is seeded third and starts against Varvara Gracheva today.
E. Svitolina vs V. Gracheva | Roland-Garros
Women's Singles | Round 1 | 28.09.2020 | Court Suzanne-Lenglen
E. Svitolina (3)
Svitolina 7-6(2) 6-4 Gracheva
As suggested in the previous post, Svitolina steps it up and finds another level that is good enough to secure her place in the second round.
Not an entirely convincing performance from the third seed but she wins the last four games to advance.
Svitolina 7-6(2) 3-4* Gracheva
It's 31 unforced errors apiece at the moment but 22-11 in terms of winners in favour of Gracheva, which is giving her the edge in the match right now.
Svitolina needs to step it up.
Svitolina *7-6(2) 1-3 Gracheva
Not a good start to the second set from Svitolina as she is twice broken to love.
Svitolina 7-6(2)* Gracheva
A topsy-turvy opening set, that saw five breaks of serve in a row at the end, is won by Svitolina, the third seed winning five successive points in the tie-break.
Svitolina 5-5* Gracheva
Svitolina stops the rot as she breaks to move 5-4 ahead with a chance to serve out the set. But she can't take the opportunity as Gracheva breaks straight back.
Svitolina 4-4 Gracheva*
After winning the opening four games of the match, Svitolina has lost the next four as she is pegged back by Gracheva.
Svitolina 4-2* Gracheva
A few unforced errors from Svitolina and Gracheva gets one break back.
The third seed still in control in the first set though.
Svitolina *3-0 Gracheva
What a start from Svitolina. She breaks in the opening game and then follows up with another break in the third game to pull clear.