Roland Garros 2018 | Three to See on Day 1

29 May, 2018, 02:08 | Author: Laura Christensen
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The world No 1 and a two-time finalist, unsurprisingly there is plenty of focus on Halep in the build-up to the French Open.

Japan's Naomi Osaka fired 10 aces on her way to a 6-2 7-5 first-round victory over American Sofia Kenin. He faced Bernard Tomic in the first round on Monday and emerged with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory in a match that lasted almost 3 hours.

The No. 22 Johanna Konta of Britain was handed an early exit on the red clay of the French Open, beaten 6-4, 6-3 by Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan. That said, he has reached two French Open semifinals, whilst Zverev has never been beyond the fourth round of a Slam, reaching that stage only once.

Her narrow losses to Maria Sharapova and Jelena Ostapenko in Paris preceded her most recent defeat to Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open this year - all agonisingly went the distance.

At 31 years old, the King of Clay continues to be astoundingly dominant on his preferred surface. He has only one win to his name since February, and his title defence in Geneva ended in ignominious fashion at the hands of Marton Fucsovics who defeated him 6-4 6-0 in the quarterfinals. In her last four appearances at Roland Garros she had made the final twice.

The American 10th seed's first major as a Grand Slam victor lasted only three sets after she was beaten in the first-round of the Australian Open. "It's a Grand Slam".

In women's play Monday, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova made it to the second round after defeating Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, while former top-ranked player Victoria Azarenka lost, 7-5, 7-5, to Katerina Siniakova. Muguruza is also a former champion in Paris, and the Spaniard often saves her best tennis for the big occasion.

Royg had reached the fourth round at Roland Garros past year.

A complete unknown a year ago, the then unseeded Ostapenko lit up Roland-Garros as she defeated title favourite Simona Halep of Romania in the final, thumping winners that drew gasps from the crowd as she fought back from a set and a break down to clinch her first Grand Slam title. Another familiar face back in the draw: Victoria Azarenka, who gave birth to a son a year ago. In this case, Victor Troicki pulled out Sunday because of an injured lower back.

Serbian star Djokovic had little trouble in reaching round two, though, seeing off Brazilian world number 134 Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Kyrgios was seeded 21st and would have faced Bernard Tomic in an all-Australian matchup in the first round.

Epa06767217 Taylor Fritz of the United States of America in action against Guido Andreozzi of Argentina during their men?s first round match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 27 May 2018.

Halep comes into Paris on the short-list of favorites once again. After taking half of last year off, then struggling a lot so far this year, Djokovic looked a lot closer to himself in Rome, where he competed well before losing to Nadal in their 51st career matchup.

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are in agreement: beating Rafael Nadal on a clay court is the biggest challenge in tennis.



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