However, there was no such drama on Sunday, Sakkari managing to patiently claim the vital points to book a second round encounter with Karolina Muchova.
Story of the match
A delicate drop shot on the very first point and a booming “come on” following an early hold; Sakkari was pumped up for the occasion from the very start.
The world No.3 was adapting to deceptively breezy conditions and applied the pressure with a hooked forehand drive volley.
A loose game from the former junior world No.1 enabled Sakkari to surge 3-1 ahead, before Burel’s retrieval skills earned a break back. That inspired the home crowd to launch into spirited renditions of ‘Clara’ chants.
A monstrous inside-in forehand darting into the corner gained the initiative back for Sakkari, the opening set scoreline harsh on Burel’s part in the play.
The French youngster was undeterred, striking with conviction and prevailing in a series of reaction net exchanges for an instant break lead.
Sakkari slowly but surely found the answers, utilising her greater force to open up the court.