Caroline Garcia, 46th in the world, started 2020 with a difficult three-set victory (5-7, 6-3, 7-5) on Monday against the American Taylor Townsend (N. 77), in the first round of the tournament. ‘Auckland (New Zealand). Garcia, seeded N.8, struggled for 2 hours and 32 minutes to overcome his opponent.
On the contrary, the 15-year-old American Coco Gauff (N. 67), one of the revelations of 2019 with her victory at Linz, only needed an hour and a minute to dismiss the Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova (6- 3, 6-1) and launch his year perfectly. Serena Williams, seeded N.1 and 10th player in the world, will hit the track Tuesday against Italian Camila Giorgi.