Diane Parry and Clara Burel lose in the first round in Rome

Diane Parry and Clara Burel lose in the first round in Rome
Diane Parry and Clara Burel lose in the first round in Rome

Diane Parry is not reassured two weeks before Roland-Garros (May 26-June 9). The 21-year-old Frenchwoman was dominated by Anna Blinkova in the first round of the WTA 1000 in Rome (6-2, 6-3), Wednesday, for her return to the courts after her right thigh injury at the Rouen tournament in April .

The Russian (46th in the world) quickly took off, giving herself an entry break before winning the first set (6-2). On the ocher of the Italian capital, Parry, in search of rhythm, maintained hope in the second set by leading 3-1. But she collapsed by conceding the next five games (6-3). Blinkova will face American Danielle Collins in the next round.

Burel powerless against Osaka

Clara Burel did not have a better fate than her compatriot. Against former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka, not really comfortable on clay, the Frenchwoman held on for a set before suffering in the second. The Japanese, who quickly exploited the opponent’s weakness on the second ball, nevertheless took time to materialize on a break. And when she did, it was to also give up her serve due to a big mistake.

Osaka finally killed the suspense in the tie-break, largely dominated (7-2) and concluded with an ace full of authority. The rest was a 30-minute solo and, after winning his first service game, Burel no longer managed to move his line on the scoreboard. The Japanese will face the Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk in the next round.

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