French Open Day 2: Here's What You Missed...
Another day, and another round of tennis that saw a number of seeds, and second-week hopefuls lose their first round matches.
8th seed; Petra Kvitova managed to survive her first round encounter against Royg.
It wasn’t plain sailing for the former world number one, as she had to fight back after going a set down. She will play Arruabarrena in the second round.
A huge shock was the departure of Victoria Azarenka. I was really surprised to see her lose in two tight sets against Siniakova. Siniakova will play Kozlova in the second round who knocked out reigning champion, and 5th seed; Ostapenko.
As expected, the Japanese fan-favourite; Naomi Osaka won her first round match in straight sets against the American; Kenin. The 21st seed will face Diyaz in the second round.
It didn’t take long for Dominic Thiem to win his first round match 6-2, 6-4, 6-1. He will play Tsitsipas in the second round. Joining Thiem and fighting another day was Gulbis who knocked out 29th seed; Gilles Muller and frenchman Benoit Paire who overcame Carballes Baena in four sets.
Court 6 experienced a masterclass from Navarro as she overcame her first round opponent; Konjuh dropping just one game; 6-0, 6-1. She will face Sakkari in her second round match.
14th seed; Madison Keys made it safely through to the second round winning 6-3, 6-3 and will face fellow American; Dolehide in her second round encounter.
A prediction of mine came true. 23rd seed; Stan Wawrinka lost in five sets to Garcia-Lopez. An upset indeed, but one that I thought might happen. Garcia-Lopez will face Khachanov in his second round match.
After struggling in the first few games, Novak Djokovic found his serve, and beat Dutra Silva 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Richard Gasquet also won his first round match in straight sets against Andreas Seppi.
It was some good news for the brits after watching Konta shockingly exit in the first round. Cameron Norrie beat his German opponent partly through a retirement but nonetheless; it’s a win and we will take it. He will face 15th seed; Pouille in the second round. Heather Watson also won her first match against Dodin.
Caroline Wozniacki put in a strong performance on Philippe-Chatrier as she overcame American; Collins. Having had a strong clay court season, and proved her ability as the best college tennis player in America; Collins will bounce back from this, and I’m sure it won’t be the last we see of her.
Someone who I thought would go deep into the second week, couldn’t make it past his first round opponent. David Ferrer exited the tournament after a long five-set match against fellow Spaniard; Munar. He will now go on to play Novak Djokovic in the second round.
The story of the day came from a man who, just yesterday, was in Barcelona.
Marco Trungelliti got a call late last night to say that he was a lucky loser, and would be the last-minute replacement for Kyrgios, and would be facing Bernard Tomic.
Along with his family, he travelled... by car, overnight to Paris for the opportunity to place in the main draw at Roland Garros. Little did he know a hotel would be needed.
Ranked 190 in the world, Trungelliti beat Tomic in four sets, to secure a place in the second round. Quite an amazing feat, and one which I’m sure will not go unnoticed throughout the locker rooms. He will face Cecchinato in his second round encounter.
Also winning their first round matches; Dolehide, Giorgi, Khachanov, Arruabarrena, Sakkari, Peterson, Lajovic, Buzarnescu, Parmentier, Dulgheru, Giraldo, Vandeweghe, Querrey, Jaziri, Garcia Perez, Duque-Marino, Vekic, Flipkens, Rybarikova and Coric.
Sharapova didn’t make it on court today, so she will play tomorrow. Nadal will also come back tomorrow to finish his first round match, as will John Isner.
Keep an eye on Simona Halep, Serena Williams, Diego Schwartzman, Juan Martín Del Potro and Tomas Berdych as they play their first round matches tomorrow.