The world’s number one Ashleigh Barty survived Tuesday’s fears of the French Open as she was shaken by the fall of Naomi Osaka’s retirement and the outbreaks of depression and anxiety through Roland Garros. The main seed Barty returned to Paris for the first time since winning the 2019 title was American leftist Bernarda Pera winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Barty, 25, gave up his title defense in 2020 as a result of the Pandemic, but this year he has won trophies at the Yarra Valley Classic in the clay of Miami and Stuttgart against Roland Garros.
After facilitating the first set at Philippe Chatrier Court, Barty came out of the boil in the second and called the coach for a change.
The Australian came to court with a stiff leg brace after suffering a stomach injury that ended the tournament two weeks ago in Rome.
However, he broke Pera in 70th place with a 4-2 win in the decision and never looked back.
Meanwhile, the retreat in Osaka continued to be felt.
The 23-year-old world number two, and four-time major winner, was released on Monday after receiving a $ 15,000 fine and threatening to be disqualified for refusing to go to the precincts.
Osaka says regular post-match media conferences are like “kicking people down” and were having a detrimental effect on their mental health.
In addition to the progress of the 2018 US Open title, he revealed that he has had depressive crises since he had anxiety attacks.
His decision drew a lot of sympathy and accusations about the role the media had in the affair.
“There’s a sense of voyeurism around how it works today,” wrote Peter Terry, a professor of psychology at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia on theconversation.com.
“Perhaps some want to see how this athlete is dismantled and divided into Tears, placed on a pedestal.
Kvitova has been hurt by the “press”
“Osaka is a young, introverted, concerned person. By now we should understand that sports stars are not super human beings, they have doubts about others and they have mental health problems.”
Ironically, another Roland Garros press conference left Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova twice injured on Tuesday.
The Czech 11th qualifier, Roland Garros in the semi-finals in 2012 and 2020, saved a game point on Sunday in the first round which he beat Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen.
“I was disappointed to announce that I was leaving Roland Garros,” the 31-year-old said.
“I fell into post-match press requirements on Sunday and injured my ankle. Unfortunately, after an MRI and a lot of discussion with my team, I made a tough decision that it would make no sense to play there.”
Elina Svitolina recovered her fifth seed from a 2-5 second deficit to beat French teenager Oceane Babel 6-2, 7-5.
Svitolina, a three-time quarterfinalist in Paris, will face world No. 75 Ann Li in the final 32 places.
Li made his French Open debut with a 45-0 6-0 lead in the 45th minute in Margarita Gasparyan.
Svitolin was hoping to see this Osaka on tour.
“He made the decision, and I wish him a speedy recovery, because he seems to have really hurt his mind,” the Ukrainian said.
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