The 2020 Australian Open finalist is on the same page as Svitolina, highlighting that the top 100 and beyond are a far more threatening opposition in recent campaigns. The margins for error keep getting smaller and smaller.
“Yeah, definitely the level has increased. Now everyone is more fit and prepared, and physically it's a huge difference compared to probably another decade ago,” declared the Spaniard, registering a 22nd match win of 2020 from 0-3 down in the decider to overcome Zidansek 7-5, 4-6, 8-6 under the lights on Court Simonne-Mathieu.
“It’s always tough now in the first rounds. It's always like little details at the end between the great players and the good players. Especially in first rounds, you can always have surprises. You can always not feel great. Then your opponent, you know what? She's playing great and she wants it as much as you, and you're out.”
Svitolina hopes her 15th WTA title in Strasbourg on Saturday can propel her challenge for major glory in Paris.
“I had good matches in Strasbourg, and I think they definitely gave me the confidence to play well, to move better, and gave me this little push after Rome because I played only few matches in Rome and I wanted to get better on the clay,” continued the two-time Roland-Garros quarter-finalist.
“I have been training for one-and-a-half months, so I just needed to really be focused, to be in the zone of the matches. I had few good players against me who I beat, it was a very positive week for me. Hopefully I can transfer that to the matches here.”