Saturday, 24 June, 2017

French Open champion Muguruza beats Schiavone in tricky first round test

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic’s coach Andre Agassi of the U.S. watches the match against Spain’s Marcel Granollers during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris France. Monday French Open champion Muguruza beats Schiavone in tricky first round test
Isaac Mcdaniel | 06 June, 2017, 06:57

Djokovic kept his cool to earn the second set and pounced on the Spaniard's accumulating mistakes in the third set to seal victory on his first match point.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia beat Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in straight sets to reach the second round of the French Open.

Sousa defeated Djokovic's compatriot Janko Tipsarevic 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-2 in their first round match.

Tomljanovic saved two match points on her serve to take the game to deuce but Bertens sealed the match when her opponent hit a forehand long.

Karolina Pliskova didn't enjoy a fruitful clay-court swing but the Czech is - unlike some of her seeded colleagues - healthy and the second-seed dispatched China's Zheng Saisai 7-5 6-2.

"Last year, I won here for the first time".

Prior to the tournament, Rafael Nadal said he considers Paris his second home due to the past success at Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal beat Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in one hour and 52 minutes.

Sugita had rallied from two sets down when play was suspended on Monday because of darkness, with the Japanese player leading 4-2 in the fourth set.

And so he did, with the second set getting right back on serve.

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The Warriors squandered a 3-1 lead to the Cavs a year ago to miss a repeat. "It was 2-0 past year , we lost". Kevin Love started 4 for 4 for the Cavs, but was briefly shaken up and seemed to be favoring his left side.

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Liam Plunkett finished the match with figures of 4-59 and Stokes and Jake Ball each claimed a wicket apiece. Earlier Tamim Iqbal's 128 was the centrepiece of Bangladesh's 305 for six after they lost the toss.

Nadal, a 14-time Grand slam victor, will meet Dutchman Robin Haase in the second round.

Women's 1st rd: Samantha Stosur (Aus) bt Kristina Kucova (Svk) 7-5 6-1, Zhang Shuai (Chn) bt Donna Vekic (Cro) 7-5 6-4, Caroline Wozniacki (Den) bt Jaimee Fourlis (Aus) 6-4 3-6 6-2, Karolina Pliskova (Cze) bt Zheng Saisai (Chn) 7-5 6-2.

Elsewhere, Nicolas Mahut, Mischa Zverev, Jack Sock and Gilles Simon all fell at the first hurdle, there were regulation first round wins for Milos Raonic and David Goffin, while Alexander Zverev and Fernando Verdasco were called off for bad light at a set apiece.

The world number 337 battled hard but ultimately missed out 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

The Canadian will next play either Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil or Russian Mikhail Youzhny.

A day after Angelique Kerber became the first No. 1 player to lose in the first round of the French Open in the Open Era, defending champion Garbine Muguruza avoided the upset bug when Nadal's compatriot defeated 2010 victor Francesca Schiavone 6-2 6-4.

If Nadal can win in Paris over the next two weeks, then he will become the first player to a single major 10 times.

In the women's section, Garbine Muguruza downed 2010 victor Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-4 in her first round tie. "Not remembering how I played a year ago".

The two men also traded barbs during the match after Klizan shouted his joy to celebrate a double-fault from Lokoli that gave him a 5-2 lead in the decider. Nadal's last French Open title came in 2014.

Johanna Konta got off to a flying start and then faded away as she bowed out of the French Open in the first round - for the third year in a row.

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