French Open Day 3: Here's What You Missed...
As depressing as it was to end Day 2 with rain, we saw some amazing matches, and as expected; more shock loses especially in the women's side of the draw.
Rather than ending with rain, Day 3 started with it.
Nadal had to come back on court to finish his first round match against Bolelli. John Isner had to do the same and Sharapova had to start, and finish her match. All were scheduled for day 2 but as we know; weather is unpredictable. Almost as unpredictable as women's tennis. Almost.
Finishing their matches from yesterday, both Isner and Nadal overcame their opponents; Noah Rubin and Simone Bolelli in straight sets to make it to the second round. Nadal will face Pella and Isner will face Zeballos.
It was a tough day for Serena Williams as she played her first french open in two years. She faced the lower-ranked Pliskova sister. She struggled in the first set but managed to win it through a tiebreak. Serena’s first service game in the second set was broken by Pliskova but she managed to break back immediately, and go on to win the match 7-6, 6-4. She will play Ashleigh Barty in the next round.
The first shock of the day came from court 18 and a french wildcard; Fiona Ferro. She beat world number 61; Carina Witthoeft in straight sets. This is a huge win for the world number 257. She will face Muguruza in her second round match.
Another shock loss came from 14th seed; Jack Sock. He fought a long five-set battle out on court 18 against Jurgen Zopp but fell short in the final set.
A surprise for me was the straight-set loss, and first-round departure of 28th seed; Feliciano Lopez. He lost to Sergiy Stakhovsky.
We also lost 25th seed: Adrian Mannarino. He was defeated by American Steve Johnson in straight sets. Johnson will go on to play J-L Struff. We also saw 5th seed; Del Potro go down a set before fighting back to win his place in the second round.
Muguruza had a hard first round match against former champion; Kuznetsova. I predicted a three-set match, with Kuznetsova coming out on top. It wasn’t meant to be and I’ll be honest; I underestimated Muguruza. After a tough start, and the first set going to a tiebreak, Muguruza put in a fine performance to win 7-6, 6-2.
After comfortably winning the first set; Sharapova in true Sharapova style lost the second set, and bounced back to win the third against Hogenkamp. She will face Donna Vekic in the next round.
Winning in straight sets, an impressive Marin Cilic. He will move into the second round, and will face Hubert Hurkacz. As the 3rd seed, I am expecting him to make it into the second week of the championships.
18th seed; Fabio Fognini won his first round match against Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-2, 6-1. He will face Ymer in the second round.
The “is-he-isnt-he-british” Aljaz Bedene lost to Pablo Cuevas in his first round match. We also said goodbye to Joao Sousa, Varvara Lepchenko, Ryan Harrison, Jan-Lennard Struff, Johanna Larsson, Tennys Sandgren and Matthew Ebden after a long five-setter against Thomas Fabbiano.
24th seed; Shapovalov overcame his Australian opponent in three tight sets. He will face Maximilian Marterer in his second round match.
Putting in a strong performance on Court 3 was Britain’s number 2; Kyle Edmund. He beat De Minaur 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 and will go on to face Marton Fucsovics in the next round.
7th seed; Caroline Garcia was extremely impressive in her first round match today, dropping just one game, winning 6-0, 6-1. She will join 18th seed; Kiki Bertens, Aliaksandra Sasnovich and the older Zverev brother; Mischa in the second round of Roland Garros.
6th seed; Kevin Anderson put in an impressive performance out on court 7 against Lorenzi and will face Pablo Cuevas in the second round. 12th seed; Angelique Kerber also had an easy match against fellow german; Mona Barthel. She won 6-2, 6-3.
Also winning their first round matches: Sam Stosur, Daria Gavrilova, Guido Pella, Elise Mertens, Evgeny Donsky, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Thomas Fabbiano, Shuai Zhang, Irina-Camelia Begu, Alison Van Uytvanck, Ruben Bemelmans, Irina-Camelia Begu, Taylor Townsend, Shuai Peng, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Julia Goerges.
Simona Halep will play her match first thing tomorrow on Philippe-Chatrier.
Keep an eye out for some great tennis from Caroline Wozniacki, David Goffin, Gael Monfils and Grigor Dimitrov.