US Open, 1st round – The sensation: Clara Burel offers herself Elena Rybakina, the winner of Wimbledon

French tennis says thank you. Halftone since the start of this US Open, the results of the tricolor representatives needed a good boost. This one came from Clara Burel, one of the great hopes of women’s tennis.

Already noticed at Roland-Garros 2020, where she had reached the 3rd round, the Breton signed the greatest success of her career, Tuesday, on the courts of Flushing Meadows, leaving, please, Elena Rybakina, still not recovered from his coronation at Wimbledon. It only took two sets (6-4, 6-4) for the 131st in the world, who came out of qualifying, to afford the scalp of the Kazakh, far, very far, from her level seen on the All side. England Club last July.

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Burel in wiper mode

Burel has intelligently built his success, which has not been on his own either. Dependent on her first ball, the 21-year-old player dominated the debates when she was able to take the exchange on her own, being in the court, and to play the shot in addition to the boss of the AELTC. We will still have to improve the percentage of firsts: with 45% over the whole match, Burel exposed herself to problems.

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Author of the first break of the match at 2-2 in the first set, the Frenchwoman accelerated after having herself had to save four break points a game before. The Rybakina threat was further clarified at 3-4 when the Grand Slam winner went for the break. Patatras: she completely cracked on her commitment in stride. A gift that Burel seized with arms wide open.

La Rennaise therefore completed the first act with authority, before going for the winning break on the first game of the second act. At the best time, when the beast in front was groggy. In this round, she showed off her tactical science and her wide range of shots. No, Burel does not hit the ball, she puts it on the court. And she hits well on both sides, as evidenced by her match point concluded with a backhand.

A Rybakina profile, more powerful than her and tactically disordered when things are not going well, suited her game perfectly. the Kazakh). She also did her thing from the baseline, remaining glued to her line.

His three rushes in the game proved that the plan was to go into wiper mode and nothing else. A perfectly successful tactic from the end of the first set. The rest of his tournament will face Alison van Uytvanck, who got rid of legend Venus Williams in two sets (6-1, 7-6 (5)). Ideal for continuing your progress. Burel took the train to the very top level.

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