In a season darkened by many physical glitches, Fiona Ferro is finding color again. Against Nao Hibino, the Niçoise delivered a solid match on Tuesday to win 6-1, 6-4 in 1:08 in the first round of the US Open. More powerful than the Japanese, the 74th in the world relied on her forehand (18 winning shots for 9 unforced errors) to knock out her opponent.

She only experienced a slight moment of doubt when she was unbreaker at 6-1, 2-1. More regular and determined to come to the net, the Japanese tried to disrupt the playing patterns of Fiona Ferro, in vain. Aggressive from the bottom, the student of Emmanuel Planque did not panic to afford a second round against Iga Swiatek or Jamie Loeb.