Roland Garros 2016: Vitalia Diatchenko vs Lucie Safarova highlights, recap. May 22, 2016 finals score result first set Vitalia Diatchenko (0-6) second set Lucie Safarova (2-6).
2015 French Open finalist Lucie Safarova returns to the French capital to kickstart her 2016 campaign against Russian’s Vitalia Diatchenko.
Safarova’s 2016 season hasn’t gone the way, she would have liked it to have been. The Czech number two was suffering from a bacterial infection and she struggled to win matches on her comeback but she has won a title this year on clay in her hometown event in Prague, which would have delighted her.
Safarova’s opponent Vitalia Diatchenko is using a protected ranking at the French Open as she has suffered an injury. Diatchenko has made the second round of the French Open twice in 2009 and last year, when she lost to her compatriot Maria Sharapova.
Pressure for the Czech
Lucie Safarova, seeded 11th at the French Open this year, will have the pressure of defending 1,300 points as she reached her maiden Grand Slam final in 2015, losing to Serena Williams in three sets. Safarova’s highlight of the tournament was knocking out the defending champion Sharapova in straight sets in the fourth round.
Safarova has been dealt with a tough draw in Paris as her projected route to another final in Paris would be Sam Stosur in the third round, 2014 finalist Simona Halep in the fourth round, Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals and her compatriot Petra Kvitova or Muguruza in the semifinals.
The Czech has plenty of points to defend and she is also the reigning women’s doubles champion with Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
Safarova’s inconsistent results
Safarova withdrew from the Australian Open at the start of the year with illness and she didn’t register her first win on tour until Prague, which was a magnificent achievement to go on and lift the title there. She suffered losses to players that she would usually beat but with the lack of matches, it was tough for Safarova.
Safarova and Diatchenko will be meeting for the first time and they are second on Suzanne-Lenglen Court.
This is Diatchenko’s first match of the 2016 WTA season since she withdrawn from her match against Serena Williams at the US Open last year.
This match is the ideal opener for Safarova as her opponent is playing in her first match of the year and a first round win for Safarova will boost her confidence.
The Czech knows how to play on these clay courts and Safarova is a good all-around player on all surfaces and her lefty serve can be a big weapon, which was witnessed in Paris last year.