Paris (AP) – The French Open is over for the first German tennis player. Anna-Lena Friedsam lost in Paris to Alexandra Sasnowitsch from Belarus 2: 6, 6: 2, 3: 6.
In unfavorable external conditions with cold, rain and wind, the 26-year-old Fed Cup player had to admit defeat after 1:44 hours. On Sunday, Dominik Koepfer and Alexander Zverev should also be used by the initially eleven German professionals. For Zverev, it is the first match since his defeat in the US Open final.
“The conditions there were already extreme. I don’t remember experiencing anything like this in my career,” Friedsam said after her defeat. The Rhineland-Palatinate got off to a very bad start and lost its service four times in the first lap. After only 29 minutes, the first set went to Sasnowitsch, who was eight places better than Friedsam in the ranking. After that, Friedsam raised himself and set the game – the compensation set was the wages earned. “I felt like I was doing very well there,” said Friedsam.
But at the beginning of the third movement she lost her rhythm again. Although she then repelled three match points, Sasnowitsch made the win perfectly with the fourth. “Of course I am very disappointed. I had hoped for more,” said Friedsam.
Before that, the French Open, which had been moved to the fall due to the Corona crisis, had started under difficult circumstances. In wet and cold weather with temperatures around 10 degrees and drizzle, the challenges for the players were great, especially on the outdoor courts.
On the field of Suzanne Lenglen, the match between fellow favorite Victoria Asarenka from Belarus and Danka Kovinic from Montenegro was interrupted after a few minutes when Asarenka was 2-1. Azarenka in particular complained about the circumstances. “The conditions were insane at first,” said Asarenka. She and her opponent had been asked to wait in the square for the rain to subside a little. But Asarenka and Kovinic left the court. “I’m not waiting in my seat at eight degrees and feeling cold,” said the former number one in the world.
After the half-hour break, Asarenka performed sovereignly and was relieved to be allowed back to the hotel. “Now I can see how the others are dealing with these difficult circumstances,” said Asarenka.
Top favorite Simona Halep also struggled in her opening match, although she was slightly better protected from the erratic weather in front of 1000 spectators at the Court Philippe Chatrier under a closed roof. After initial difficulties, the Romanian won 6: 4, 6: 0 against Sara Sorribes Tormo from Spain on her 29th birthday. Halep, who won her first Grand Slam title in Paris in 2018, had only won the Masters 1000 event in Rome on Monday. Before that, she did not participate in the US Open.