Kiki Bertens hits a not too difficult opponent on paper in the first round of Roland Garros. The Dutch number eight of the world, placed fifth on the Paris Grandslam, hits Katarina Zavatska from Ukraine, the worlds number 112.
Bertens travels to Roland Garros without too high expectations. After the coronacrisis, she was unable to win a match during the gravel tournaments in Rome and Strasbourg. In Strasbourg, on Wednesday, she led against Elena Ostapenko with a set and a break, but eventually had to give up in the third set with an Achilles tendon injury, which had already played her off.
Also for Arantxa Rus, the other Dutch in the main tournament, the first round of the French gravel tournament does not seem to be too heavy a task. She was linked to the Française Clara Burel during the draw. She is no higher than place 415 on the world ranking and is admitted with a wildcard.
Bertens wants series as in 2016
Bertens achieved the semi-finals of Roland Garros in 2016. Last year she gave up sick in the second round against the Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova. The 28-year-old Watingse gave up on Wednesday in the second round of the Strasbourg WTA tournament with an ankle injury. It was an old injury that sustained and, as a precaution, decided not to finish the party against Yelena Ostapenko.
The Australian number one of the world Ashleigh Barty does not defend her title in Paris. The Japanese Naomi Osaka, the winner of the US Open, is also missing. The Romanian Simona Halep is now placed first and she plays in the first round against the Spanish Sara Sorribes Tormo. The Czech Karolina Pliskova is the number two of the placement list and she will compete against a qualifier in the first round.
Nadal hunts number thirteen
Rafael Nadal goes on the hunt for his thirteenth final victory over Roland Garros. The Spaniard begins that unique mission with a party against the Belarusian Egor Gerasimov, the number 83 of the world. The Serbian number one of the world Novak Djokovic hits the Swede Mikael Ymer. The Austrian Dominic Thiem, winner of the US Open, gets a tough opponent in the first round with the Croatian Marin Cilic, the best in the US Open in 2014.
There are no Dutch men active in the main tournament of Roland Garros this year. Robin Haase, Botic van de Zandschulp and Tallon Greekspoor stranded in the qualifications.