Clara Burel continues her momentum at the Australian Open

Qualified in the fight, after two last rounds won in three sets, Clara Burel (21 years old, 131st in the world) had inherited a first match clearly within her reach since she faced the Australian wild card Talia Gibson, 18 years old and 340th. The French did not miss her chance by winning 6-3, 6-4 after having been broken at the start of each set.

A service still too crumbly

Arrival without coach in Australia “because she wishes to take [son] time to choose the right person”, Burel is doing quite well on her own, showing an unusual maturity for such a young age. However, she would benefit from the eyes of a coach as her room for improvement seems great, especially in the service. With only 42% of first balls on the whole of his 1st round, 3 aces for 9 double faults and an average speed of 114 km/h in second, the former pupil of Thierry Champion would surely have avoided the loss of his two service games, if she had not offered herself to hard-hitting returns from her opponent.

In the next round, Burel will face the winner of the 100% Czech duel between another qualifier Sara Bejlek (16, 175th) and the winner of Roland-Garros 2021 Barbora Krejcikova (21st).


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