Schmiedlova beats Azarenka in French Open second round, despite injury scare


World No.161 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia badly fell on her knees early in the second set, but luckily managed to continue where she left off and recorded a confident 6-2 6-2 victory over Victoria Azarenka in the second round of Roland Garros.

The tenth-seeded Azarenka, one of 11 major winners in the draw, converted none of her five break points as Schmiedlova earned a straight-set victory in one hour and 42 minutes.

At 1-1 in the second set, Schmiedlova suffered a nasty fall on her knees and she could barely stand on her legs, so it looked like she would not be able to proceed. Fortunately, after her bloody knees were taped, she started feeling better and scored her second win over a Grand Slam champion in as many matches in Paris, having ousted Venus Williams in the first round.

This fortnight, Schmiedlova recorded her first main-draw victories at a Grand Slam since the 2015 US Open. The 26-year-old is playing Roland Garros on a Special Ranking after missing the second half of 2019 with a knee injury. Azarenka has only lost to four players ranked outside the Top 100 at a major.


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