Serena Williams and Simona Halep advanced in the Masters de Canada

Toronto (Canadá), 8 ago (EFE).- Serena Williams had a first part of the match in 430 days from 6-3 and 6-4 on Spanish Nuria Párrizas. se deshizo sin problemas de la croata Donna Vekic por 6-0 y 6-2.

Both Párrizas Díaz and Vekic had been repsed by the canadian tournament after their elimination in the domingo qualifiers. The two tennis players got two places as lucky losers due to the retirements of the American Shelby Rogers and the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka.

It was the first time in his career that Párrizas Díaz, the 31-year-old, faced Williams, winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles and who played the entire match with a bandage that covered a large part of his cheek.

Williams, winner of three occasions del torneo canadiense en el que ha aparecido 10 veces, contó a su favor en todo momento con el public de la pista central del estadio Sobeys de Toronto vulcan en la tenista de 40 años de edad y regresar que acaba a left the competition from 12 months in ausencia.

Párrizas Díaz, classified at number 59 de la WTA frente al 407 que occupa en estos momentos Williams, tuvo dificultados para contestar al potente, pero irregular, saque de la estadounidense. But the Spanish forced Williams to win every point in a party that lasted almost two hours.

En el octavo juego del segundo set, with Williams al servicio, Párrizas Díaz forced new “deuces” and tuvo cuatro opportunidades para hacerse con el juego. But William’s resistance.

After his victory, Williams declared that he simply wanted to play the best possible game and that he was very happy to play in Toronto.

“No sabía si sería capaz de jugar aquí de nuevo”, explained Williams who won his last individual partido en el Abierto de Francia in 2021.

With the defeat of Párrizas Díaz, there are four Spaniards in the tournament: Paula Badosa, Garbiñe Muguruza, Sara Sorribes Tormo and Cristina Bucsa.

Antes del partido entre Williams y Párrizas Díaz, Simona Halep defeated her grandes problemas a la croata Donna Vekic in just 61 minutes por 6-0 y 6-2.

Halep solo cametió ocho errores no forzados, de los que la mitad fueron dobles faltas.

Halep, que se hizo con el torneo canadiense en 201y 2018, se enfrentará en la suuiente ronda a la ganadora del partido que disputarán el martes la española Cristina Bucsa y la china Shuai Zhang .

En otros partidos de una jornada marcada por las interruptions por la lluvia, the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia beat the Italian Martina Trevisan por 6-2, 2-6 y 6-2, and the Kazakh Elena Rybakina defeated the Czech by Marie Bouzková 7-5, 6-7(3) and 6-1.

The Czech Karolina Plisková also defeated her compatriot Barbora Krejciková 6-3 and 6-4, while the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko won the Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina 6-4 and 6-2.

El duelo entre las francesas Alizé Cornet and Caroline Garcia solved a favor de la primera from 3-6, 6-3 and 6-3. The American Asia Muhammad won with Madison Keys 7-6(5) and 6-4.

Another duel between the Americans, Sloane Stephens and Sofia Kenin was the first in three sets by 6-2, 6-7(5) and 7-5.

Meanwhile, American Alison Riske-Amritraj beat Czech Petra Kvitová 6-2, 4-6 and 6-3, Kazakh Yulia Putintseva beat Canadian Katherine Sebov 3-6, 6-2 and 7-5. y la también canadiense Leyla Annie Fernandez ganó a la australiana Storm Sanders with 6-4, 6-7(2) and 6-3.

On Tuesday, Sorribes Tormo will face the American Claire Liu and Bucsa Shuai Zhang.

(c) Agencia EFE

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