French Open Day 5: Here's What You Missed...
The sun was shining at Roland Garros, and so were most of the seeded players.
As expected, Garbine Muguruza won her second-round match against Fiona Ferro, 6-4, 6-3. She will face Samantha Stosur in the third round. World number 1; Simona Halep also had an easy time against American; Taylor Townsend, winning 6-3, 6-1. She will face Andrea Petkovic in the third round.
Last out on Philippe-Chatrier was Serena Williams. She had a tough match against 17th seed; Ashleigh Barty and had to fight back after loosing the first set. She went on to win her match 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 . She will face 11th seed; Julia Goerges whose match was the last to finish on day 5.
7th seed; Dominic Thiem won his match in four sets against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Steve Johnson will also join him in the second round as he beat Jan-Lennard Struff on court 7.
Rafael Nadal put in a great performance on Suzanne-Lenglen against Guido Pella, dropping just four games. He will face Richard Gasquet in the third round.
I knew that Lucie Safarova would give 6th seed; Karolina Pliskova a hard time. Whilst Pliskova did win, it took three sets and it was somewhat touch-and-go. She will face Maria Sharapova in the next round.
Fabio Fognini has been impressive thus far, and today was no different as he annihilated his opponent; Elias Ymer in straight sets. He will go on to face Kyle Edmund in the third round. An impressive Marin Cilic won his match in four sets and will go on to face Steve Johnson.
6th seed; Kevin Anderson dropped a set on his way to beating his second-round opponent; Pablo Cuevas. He will face Mischa Zverev in the third round. Juan Martin Del Potro won his second-round match in straight sets, and will face Alberto Ramos-Vinolas in the third round.
A surprise for me was the departure of Canadian; Denis Shapovalov. I thought he would put in a better performance, but it just wasn't meant to be. His defeater; Maximilian Marterer will go on to face Jurgen Zopp. We also said goodbye to Malek Jaziri as he lost in four sets to 27th seed; Richard Gasquet.
Unfortunately for Heather Watson supporters, her tournament came to an abrupt end as she lost in straight sets to 16th seed; Elise Mertens, 6-3, 6-4. Mertens will go play Daria Gavrilova in her third round match.
Also joining her in the third round is 19th seed; Magdalena Rybarikova, 12th seed; Angelique Kerber, 7th seed; Caroline Garcia and Irina-Camelia Begu who knocked out 27th seed; Shuai Zhang.
The same couldn't be said about 30th seed; Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova who, as I predicted, lost to former champion; Samantha Stosur in straight sets.
I do have to say that Kyle Edmund was extremely impressive out on court three as he faced Marton Fucsovics. After winning the first set 6-0, he had a drop in form, loosing the second set but went on to win the match 6-0, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3. He will not be joined by fellow Brit; Cameron Norrie as he lost in four sets to Lucas Pouille.
Securing their third-round place; Jurgen Zopp, Lesia Tsurenko, Mischa Zverev, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 9th seed; John Isner, 31st seed; Alberto Ramos-Vinolas and 11th seed; Diego Schwartzman.
Round three matches start tomorrow, and with the likes of Zverev, Monfils, Wozniacki, Djokovic and Dimitrov playing, it's going to be one hell of an eventful day.