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Add the French Open to Coco Gauff’s checklist of Grand Slam tournaments the place she has overwhelmed seeded opponents.
The 16-year-old American made her main-draw debut at Roland Garros a profitable one by eliminating No. 9 seed Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-Three at Court Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday.
Konta was a semifinalist a 12 months in the past in Paris, whereas Gauff misplaced in qualifying rounds.
It was on the subsequent main event, Wimbledon, the place Gauff made her breakthrough, turning into at 15 the youngest participant ever to qualify on the All England Club after which beating Venus Williams en path to the fourth spherical.
Gauff then reached the third spherical on the U.S. Open final 12 months, and the fourth spherical on the Australian Open this 12 months, beating 2019 champion Naomi Osaka alongside the best way.
Things had been a bit harder for Gauff currently: She entered the French Open having misplaced 4 of her previous 5 matches. But she dealt with the chilly climate and heavy situations higher than Konta, a three-time Grand Slam semifinalist.
Stan Wawrinka made fast work of Andy Murray of their reunion of kinds on the French Open.
In the primary matchup of Grand Slam champions within the first spherical of any main event since 2012, Wawrinka beat Murray 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 in slightly greater than 1 half of hours at Court Philippe Chatrier.
Wawrinka compiled a 42-10 edge in complete winners whereas making only one extra unforced error than Murray, 27-26.
This was the 21st matchup between the pair of three-time Grand Slam champions. One of these earlier conferences got here within the 2017 French Open semifinals, gained by Wawrinka.
Neither man has actually been the identical since. Wawrinka has had a number of knee operations, and Murray has had two hip operations.
Qualifier Jurij Rodionov has celebrated his first main-draw match at any Grand Slam event by rallying to win 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4, 10-Eight towards Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.
The French Open is the one Grand Slam that doesn’t use tiebreakers within the closing set for mens and womens matches.
After sealing victory on his seventh match level, following Four hours, 36 minutes of grueling effort, a relieved Rodionov lay on his again. He rested his racket on his face, then after greeting Chardy on the internet, sat in his chair and broke out into a large smile.
The 21-year-old Austrians profession might be in good fingers. One of his coaches is Wolfgang Thiem, the daddy of fellow Austrian Dominic Thiem the U.S. Open champion, and French Open runner-up the previous two years.
Kei Nishikori has reached the second spherical of the French Open by beating 32nd-seeded Dan Evans 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-Four in a match that includes 15 breaks of serve.
The 30-year-old Nishikori has reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros thrice, together with final 12 months.
But this 12 months he isn’t seeded and the Japanese participant subsequent faces Italian Stefano Travaglia, who superior after beating Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Venus Williams has been knocked out within the first spherical of the French Open for the third straight 12 months, dropping 6-4, 6-Four to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.
The 40-year-old American is 0-Three in Grand Slams this 12 months following first-round exits on the Australian Open and the U.S. Open.
Since the beginning of 2018, the seven-time Grand Slam champion has misplaced within the first spherical in seven of the previous 11 main tournaments.
There had been solely a handful of spectators watching their match in chilly situations on Court Simone Mathieu.
Williams, who misplaced the 2002 closing to her youthful sister Serena, was deep in bother at 4-1 down within the second set. She fought again nicely earlier than Schmiedlova clinched the match on serve, on her third match level, with a forehand winner down the road.
The Slovakian subsequent faces 10th-seeded Victoria Azarenka, the U.S. Open runner-up.
Sebastian Korda, a qualifier whose father, Petr, gained the 1998 Australian Open and was the runner-up on the 1992 French Open, has the primary main-draw Grand Slam match win of his profession.
The 20-year-old Korda beat Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Korda now faces one other American, 21st-seeded John Isner.
Isner superior by beating Elliot Benchetrit 6-4, 6-1, 6-3.
David Goffin has grow to be the primary seeded participant to be knocked out of the French Open.
The 11th-seeded Belgian misplaced 7-5, 6-0, 6-Three to 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner, who beat Goffin for the second time this 12 months after profitable on arduous courts at Rotterdam in February.
Sinner showcased his expertise as one of many worlds finest younger gamers by profitable the Next Gen ATP Finals final 12 months. He subsequent faces French qualifier Benjamin Bonzi or Finlands Emil Ruusuvuori.
In the womens draw, tenth-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus beat Danka Kovinic 6-1, 6-2 in chilly situations.
The U.S. Open runner-up performs both Venus Williams or Anna Karolina Schmiedlova within the second spherical.
Less than an hour into the French Open, chilly and damp situations on the main that has been postponed from its normally extra nice spot in May and June are inflicting grumbling and a mood outbreak from Victoria Azarenka.
The No. 10 seeded Azarenka fumed when match officers didnt instantly ship her and first-round opponent Danka Kovinic again to the locker-room throughout a rain interruption Sunday on the Suzanne Lenglen court docket.
Azarenka was main 2-1 within the first set when a match supervisor requested them to attend on their courtside seats for a couple of minutes to see if the falling rain would go.
Azarenka boiled over.
I’m going to get frozen, she complained. No. Im not ready right here a few minutes as a result of Im chilly. Its eight levels, eight levels, I dwell in Florida, I’m used to scorching climate.
Wrapped up in a puffy pink coat, Azarenka requested Kovinic if she needed to attend on court docket. The 74th-ranked participant from Montenegro agreed that she didn’t.
Its ridiculous. Its too chilly, Azarenka grumbled, earlier than strolling off court docket. Whats the purpose? Sitting right here like geese.
Postponed and its crowds almost all pushed away, the French Open is lastly underway, defying each the coronavirus and autumn rain with play for the primary time underneath the brand new roof on the revamped Philippe Chatrier showpiece court docket.
A crowd, if it might be referred to as that, of round 150 spectators was available to see David Goffin, seeded 11th, and Jannik Sinner from Italy hit the primary balls in important draw play Sunday underneath the Chatrier roof meaning the French Open joins the opposite majors as having the ability to assure play in inclement climate.
It will want it: The forecast is grim for the approaching days of its COVID-19-enforced autumn slot, pushed again from May and June.
With only one,000 spectators allowed per day, the cool climate and gamers present process batteries of assessments, the fortnight guarantees to be distinctive, a far cry from the standard competition of Grand Slam tennis on the clay courts on the western fringe of Paris.
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