A brilliant start for Nadal and Williams in the French Open 2020, Rafael Nadal started with a straight-sets triumph in the 20th men’s Grand Slam title. At the same time, Serena Williams started slow but winning one in her latest attempt to meet Margaret Court’s record.
The 34 years old Spanish tennis player needs one more Slam to even Roger Federer’s record. But he described, this time Roland Garros would be challenging for him because of the delay and the cold weather that has happened due to delay by the COVID-19 outbreak. The second seed beat Egor Gerasimov,6-4, 6-4, 6-2, Belarusian player at world number 83 to begin his attack on a 13th French Open title, post 15 years of his debut success.
With a 1000 fans allowed in Roland Garros daily, Nadal made a point to appreciate the audience for coming all the way to cheer him and also said that he hopes things to get better to see more of them next year. Rafael Nadal had skipped the US Open because of COVID-19 outbreak, but he is playing for the first time here in Paris to win a clay title to his credit.
Serena Williams is on her 24th Grand Slam title that will make her even with Margaret Court’s all-time record but clay is not her forte. With a slow beginning in the first game against Kristie Ahn, world number 102, where Williams dropped serve twice giving Ahn a score of 5-4 in the opener. But it was difficult for Ahn to beat the 3-time French Open champion. Although the sixth seed took a tie-break that she sealed with an expert after a 74-minute toil before rushing to an eventual victory 7-6 (7/2), 6-0.
Williams said that Ahn had not made it easy for her and she also compared Ahn’s shot to a lot of winners.