Tauson beats Belarusians and advances in French Open

The Danish tennis player Clara Tauson has won a match in a grand slam main tournament for the first time since January 2022.

It happened on Sunday in the French Open, where in the Parisian afternoon heat she beat the Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich with the numbers 6-2, 6-0 in front of a sea of ​​Danish spectators on the humble court 8 at the Roland Garros facility.

In terms of rankings, it was a nice win, since Tauson is number 126 in the world, while Sasnovich is number 50.

But the victory also showed that Tauson’s level is much higher on the list, and the Dane is, after a difficult 2022, finding the game that previously brought her up to number 33.

Sasnovich was clearly the best from the start of the match. Her attempts to hit winners ended time and time again with a ball on Tauson’s back line or just on the right side of the lines.

At the same time, Tauson just had to find his game, and before that happened, the Belarusian was up with a service breakthrough and 2-0.

But the Dane quickly clawed his way back. The first games were close-fought, but after 22 minutes Tauson had tied the score at 2-2.

It was the beginning of a momentum shift in the Dane’s favor. Now it was Sasnovich who made the mistakes, and Tauson was smart to feed the Belarusian without taking the big chances himself.

Tauson ended up turning 0-2 to 6-2, and quite symptomatically, the Dane took advantage of his third set point, when the opponent dribbled the ball far out in a violent rate.

The battle picture continued in the second set, with Tauson playing intelligently and showing samples of its offensive style. The stop balls also sat with great precision.

There was regular class difference in the set. When Sasnovich had her opportunities to get on the board, Tauson tightened her grip and she ended up dealing a so-called egg in the second set.

In the second round – probably on Wednesday – Tauson will face Canadian Leylah Fernandez, who beat 21st-seeded Pole Magda Linette.

20-year-old Fernandez, ranked 51st in the world, reached the 2021 US Open final.

Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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