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  • Updated: May 30, 2023

Rybakina Fends Off Fruhvirtova In Slow Start At French Open

Rybakina Fends Off Fruhvirtova In Slow Start At French Open

World number four Elena Rybakina is through to the second round of this year's French Open after shaking off a sluggish start in her opening match on Tuesday.

The Wimbledon champion won 6-4 6-2 against Czech qualifier Brenda Fruhvirtova to continue her impressive run on clay.

But the match wasn't all that easy for Rybakina as she had to battle back from a break down in both sets against Fruhvirtova who was seeking her first tour-level win in the sixth tour-level main draw of her career.

“She [ Fruhvirtova] played really well. Especially for her age," she said. 

"I don’t even remember what I was doing at her age. I think I was in juniors. It’s amazing.

"If she keeps going like this, she’ll be very good, very fast.”

The Moscow born-Kazakh hit nine aces en route to her 29th match-win of the season, second only to Aryna Sabalenka's 30 match-wins in 2023. 

She will take on another Czech in Linda Noskova in the next round as she continues her quest for a second Grand Slam title.

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