In the second round of the Australian Open Williams under 5-1 in the first set injured an ankle, returned to the field but the blue dominated 6-1 6-0. Giorgi beaten by Swiatek 6-2 6-4
Five years after the 2015 US Open, Sara Errani qualified again for the third round of a Grand Slam tournament by crashing a battered Venus Williams 6-1 6-0.
The merit of the enterprise goes to the determination of the Romagna, her newfound strength and courage and her desire to never give up, but with a Venus in physical condition it would have been a whole other story. Sara starts like a rocket, easily wins the first 4 games against the major Williams who plays with her left knee braced; she is a bit slow in her movements and struggles to load shots. The American takes the first round to serve for the 4-1, but in the second point of the sixth game her right ankle remedies a sprain in an attempt to go to the net. The very long medical time out arrives with the physiotherapist who first bandages Venus’s ankle and then intervenes again on the knee. At the second half the American moves very badly, serves without loading and gives up any ball that reaches her more than two meters away. Sara, however, does not lose focus, closes the set and holds up very well in the third game of the second set when she is faced with three consecutive break points. He cancels them all very calmly and then continues undaunted towards a victory that is just getting more and more obvious.
At 6-1 5-0 Venus, with the strength of pride, cancels a couple of match points, but the third chance is the good one for the Romagna who closes in 75 minutes flying in the third round of the Australian Open. It hadn’t happened to her in a Grand Slam since the 2015 US Open when she surrendered in the third round to Australian Samantha Stosur. His next opponent is Chinese Taipei Su Wei Hsieh who beat Bianca Andreescu 6-3 6-2. Sara says: “I’m very happy even if I don’t like to win like this: after his injury it was difficult to keep playing. She is a great champion and it is an honor to play with her ”.
Nothing to do instead for Camila Giorgi, crushed by the mirror tennis of the Polish Iga Swiatek who ended up prevailing 6-2 6-4 in just 80 minutes of play. The blue suffered at the beginning and throughout the first set, up to 6-2 2-0, unable to keep up with the pace, to limit mistakes and to put her opponent in difficulty. Then she had a reaction of pride that allowed her to recover in a break, and arrive twice at the ball of 4-2. But Swiatek immediately found the necessary depth of the shots and for the blue it was the middle of the night.
Tomorrow the 4 Italians on the field in the second round of the men’s singles. On Margaret Court Arena the last match of the afternoon session for Matteo Berrettini opposite the Czech Tomas Machac, on the John Cain Arena the last match of the afternoon for the blue derby between Salvatore Caruso and Fabio Fognini and finally on the field 17 first match for Lorenzo Sonego against the Spanish Feliciano Lopez.
February 10, 2021 (change February 10, 2021 | 09:33)
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