Tuesday 24 October 2017 / 05:47 AM

French Open So Far In Round 1

The second Grand Slam of the year is underway, and there has already been some fantastic tennis played. With two and a half days play so far, we thought we’d take a look at how the tournament is progressing, and consider some of the surprising results so far.

Day one

In the men’s singles, it was pretty much par for the course on day one, with 2nd seed Roger Federer easing to a straight sets victory over the Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta. Elsewhere among the seeds, there were wins for Querrey, Simon, Chardy, Ferrer, Anderson and Raonic.

As far as the women’s singles was concerned, it was much of the same with world number one Serena Williams recording an emphatic victory in her encounter with Anna Tatishvilli. Most of the rest of the seeds had similar luck with Cirstea, Pavlyuchenkova, Ivanovic, Lisicki, Errani, but unfortunately for her, Serena’s sister Venus fell in three sets to Urszula Radwanska whilst 11th seed Nadia Petrova lost to Monica Puig.

 

Day two

 

There were some great five-setters in the men’s on day two, with the Kamke/Lorenzi, Mannarino/Cuevas, Monaco/Gimeno/Traver, Johnson/Montanes and Granollers/Lopez all being fantastic and tense match ups. The big shock of day two was 5th seed Tomas Berdych falling in 5 sets to world number 81 Gael Monfils.

 

In the women’s, Maria Sharapova won in comfortable fashion to keep alive the possibility of a matchup between her and Serena in the Roland Garros final. The rest of the seeds won as expected, with the tie of the round being played out between Kristyna Pliskova and Garbine Muguruza Blanco, with the Spaniard Blanco finally prevailing in the 3rd set.

 

 

Day three

 

World number one Novak Djokovic won with relative ease against Belgium’s David Goffin, but each set was still a hard fought contest, which will do wonders or Djokovic’s confidence as he bids to stop Nadal winning a record 8th French Open. Amongst the seeds, there were also wins for Dimitrov, Kohlschreiber, Haas, Youzhny, Wawrinka and Mayer.

 

One day three of the women’s tournament, there were no surprises, with wins for Shvedova, Bartoli, Cornet, Jankovic and Cibulkova. Aussie Samantha Stosur also romped to an emphatic victory against Japanese entrant Date Krumm.

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