Business as usual!
Unusual conditions and time of year but it was business as usual for the usual suspects who successfully orchestrated their way into round two.
Petra Kvitova 6-3 7-5 Oceane Dodin
Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-3 6-3 Marin Cilic
Serena Williams 7-6 6-0 Khristie Ahn
Elina Svitolina 7-6 6-4 Varvara Gracheva
During the day four players tipped to go far impressed, Svitolina and Kvitova winning close sets including Serena who was 2-4 down vs Ahn but went onto win comfortably as did Dominic Thiem beginning his dreadful draw in form.
Former Finalist Falls!
It was not what we expected from last years runner-up but Marketa Vondrousova who has struggled with form and injuries since making the finals in Paris might have just called time on her season.
Iga Swiatek was always going to be a tough opponent, the teenager played some good tennis in New York and was pretty impressive winning 6-1 6-2 over the former finalist who will be thankful she doesn’t lose any points.
Muguruza survives (only just)
Garbine Muguruza’s time in Paris looked like coming to a short end. The 2016 champion is down as one of the contenders following some very good results this year and her first round survival against Tamara Zidansek could prove vital in her run in Paris.
It will be interesting to see how the tournament progresses now for the Spaniard who was suffering with a thigh issue in Rome and didn’t seem too comfortable throughout the match and was close to defeat. How long will Garbine last?
Giustino wins marathon with Moutet
There is always a match which defies belief and qualifier Lorenzo Giustino has certainly written himself into Roland Garros history.
The Italian qualifier beat the home hope Corentin Moutet 0-6 7-6 7-6 2-6 18-16 in a match lasting 6 hours and 5 minutes which is in fact the eighth longest match in tennis history.
Incredible how tennis is a game of missed opportunities, Corentin Moutet won 25 more points than Giustino but lost! Never up for the Italian is the impressive Diego Schwartzman and he will need to rest for that.
94 and counting for Rafa
Conditions he isn’t used to, a ball he doesn’t like but a 94th win at Roland Garros has been recorded for the Spaniard who could hit 100 if he goes onto win his 13th singles title at Roland Garros.
It was pretty straight forward for Rafa who played his first match on the new Chatrier winning 6-4 6-4 6-2 against the Bulgarian Gerasimov.
Keys and Muchova go home!
Madison Keys is a player that I do feel like we are still waiting for the best from but it looks like it will have to wait until 2021 from the American who has gone out of a major before the final eight for the sixth year running!
The American was the latest seed to fall in Paris losing 3-6 6-7 to Saisai Zhang.
Another seed who dropped off early on in Paris was Karolina Muchova. The Czech star is another who has shown glimpses of what she can produce but the consistency has lacked in her game as the weeks have gone by and fell 2-6 4-6 to McHale.
Yoshihito impresses once again!
One player I really like is Yoshihito Nishioka, every time I was him I am impressed by what he brings to a tennis court. He has such a wide scope on his lefty forehand and his energy is relentless, he is a type of player that continues to ask questions even when down and I like that a lot!
Felix Auger-Aliassime was his opponent and once against Nishioka has impressed against a top player winning comfortably 7-5 6-3 6-3 against the Canadian.
Qualifiers star once more!
The qualifiers were in impressive form on day one and on day two they impressed again!
Milosevic won in four sets against fellow Serb and 26th seed Krajinovic, Sara Errani took out Puerto Rican Monica Puig.
Lorenzo Giustino of course made his name with that win over Moutet, Emilio Gomez who’s Dad won at Roland Garros in 1990 impressed in his five set battle with Sonego on his Grand Slam debut and Renata Zarazua also impressed on her debut!
Not only was it the Mexican’s debut at Roland Garros but also her debut at Grand Slam level coming through qualifying and is now into round two following a 6-1 6-2 win over French wildcard Jacquemot.