The 2016 French Open semi-finals are striving to win the first victory after the restart of the tour, but facing a strong opening opponent, she still surrendered the first set after a strong resistance.
At Strasbourg a few days ago, the Dutch star retired halfway through an Achilles injury. She improved her form after a big lag, and continued to attack Zavacka's serve in the second half, and finally achieved a comeback after 2 hours and 07 minutes of fierce battle.
"The game was quite difficult. She started well and I was a little anxious. It's hard for me to stay aggressive here and get the winning points. But in the last two sets, I became more patient,"
"My move was a bit difficult today, and I couldn't move my legs in the first set."
Zavatska made her Grand Slam debut at the US Open last month, but she didn't seem nervous in the first set, and her overall performance remained at a high level. Her offense was aggressive, she played very decisively after going online, and also showed a good touch.
In contrast, Bottens failed to find the rhythm of the ball at the beginning of the game. Although there were 11 winning points in the first set, there were as many as 19 unforced errors. She has always been a reliable serve but has not been able to go online, and she continued to misfire.
This caused the Ukrainian teenager to start the game like a smash, and soon established a 5-1 lead, and got two counts in the subsequent serve wins.
At the end of the game, the state of the Madrid champion in 2019 began to improve. She successfully recovered a break and saved seven points. Although it fell short in the end, Botens also brought such a positive momentum to the second set.
In the next game, the eighth in the world slowly gained a foothold and gradually gained the upper hand in the multi-shot stalemate. She started frantically receiving and attacking, and soon seized the initiative from the hands of the teenager.
Botens did not allow his opponent to complete a serve in the last two sets, and combined to break eight consecutive servings for Zavatska. Although she was still slightly fluctuating in the second set, the deciding set has taken over. Since 2019, Bottes has maintained a record of 21 wins and 1 loss against TOP100 players.
She will face pre-match runner-up Elani in the second round. The Italian star swept Puig 6-2 6-1 and has won four straight games since the qualifying round.
The five previous encounters between the two sides were all Elani's victory, but the last time the two met was back to the 2016 Olympics.