Strycova’s first win after maternity leave


Rome — Barbora Strycova Earned her first singles win since returning from maternity leave, beating Marianna Znaevska 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the first round of the Italian Open on Tuesday.

Strycova, 37, returned to the tour at the Madrid Open two weeks ago after more than two years away following the birth of her son Vincent. After beating Znaevska, Strycova was handed over to her 1-year-old son, whom she asked to “shake his hand at daddy” in front of TV cameras.

In Madrid, Strycova lost her opener in singles and reached the quarterfinals in doubles with partner hsieh su-wei,

Strycova’s next match will be against the ninth seed Maria SakkariPlanning to retire after this year’s US Open.

Also on the red clay of the Foro Italico, the former French Open finalist marka vondrosova Defeated Kaya Kanepi 6-0, 4-6, 6-2, and the next US Open champion will play Bianca Andreescu,

Anna Blinkova Madrid go beyond quarterfinalists Mayer Sharif 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

were also progressing Sophia KeninKaty McNealy, Annette Kontaveit, wang ziyu, nuria parizas diyajade, Linda Noskova, Jasmine Paolini And Lisa Pigato,

Men’s tournament, highlighted by Novak Djokovik And Carlos AlcarazStarting on Wednesday.

Like Madrid, Rome has an expanded 96-player draw for both men and women this year.

Strycova and Sih also have an entry in the doubles tournament, which they won in 2020.

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