Mallorca, Spain - On June 18, local time, the first round of the women's singles competition continued in the Mallorca Open for the 2019 season. Five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova resolves two counts in the first set and defeats Slovak Nova Kuzmova 7-6(8)/6-0 to win the first battle.
Former World No. 1 has been holding a high exemption card since he quit St. Petersburg because he missed the North American Sunshine Tournament and the whole clay season including the French Open due to his unhealed shoulder injury. This week she accepted the Madrid wildcard, which took 89 minutes to lock in as the game warmed up.
Kuzmova, opposite the net, made successive breakthroughs during the Russian's absence due to injury, not only after scoring the eighth best in Dubai, but also later in Madrid, where she ranked 43rd in her career.
Slovakia's youngster has a strong serve and a fierce baseline. After overcoming the slow start heat, she managed to break back with a lucky shot from a rebound net. Kuzmova scored a total of 15 points in the first set. Later, she broke into the service winning set again, once forcing Sharapova to a desperate situation.