© Reuters. Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts throughout her first spherical match in opposition to Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
(Reuters) – Highlights of the primary day on the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the yr, on Sunday (occasions GMT):
Naomi Osaka was fined $15,000 by Grand Slam organisers for boycotting a information convention following her first-round win and the world quantity two was additionally warned of potential expulsion from Roland Garros and future majors if she fails to fulfill her media commitments.
Osaka began her French Open marketing campaign with a 6-Four 7-6(4) win over Romanian Patricia Maria Tig however her refusal to honour her media commitments on the claycourt main has triggered a stand-off with organisers.
Before the beginning of the slam, Osaka introduced she wouldn’t attend any information conferences whereas in Paris to lift consciousness of gamers’ psychological well-being, saying the character of questions from journalists is like “kicking a person when they are down”.
Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem, a French Open finalist in 2018 and 2019, has struggled for type in current months and he succumbed to a five-set defeat by Spain’s Pablo Andujar.
German Alexander Zverev, who was crushed by Thiem in final yr’s U.S. Open last, survived a five-set scare in opposition to compatriot Oscar Otte whereas former world primary Angelique Kerber suffered yet one more first-round defeat.
2100 TSITSIPAS OVERCOMES SLOW START TO REACH ROUND TWO
Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas recovered from a stuttering begin to beat France’s Jeremy Chardy 7-6(6) 6-Three 6-1 to advance into the second spherical.
Tsitsipas, who gained the title in Lyon final week, will subsequent face both American Sebastian Korda or Spain’s Pedro Martinez.
1905 ZVEREV THROUGH AFTER FIVE SETTER WITH FELLOW GERMAN OTTE
German Alexander Zverev recovered from a depressing begin to attain the second spherical with a 3-6 3-6 6-2 6-2 6-Zero win in opposition to compatriot Oscar Otte.
Zverev has now gained all seven of his five-set contests at Roland Garros and can subsequent meet one other qualifier, Russian Roman Safiullin.
1825 AZARENKA SURVIVES KUZNETSOVA CHALLENGE TO ADVANCE
Belarusian 15th seed Victoria Azarenka beat former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-Four 2-6 6-Three to maneuver into the second spherical.
Azarenka had 9 double faults and hit seven fewer winners than Kuznetsova however the Russian was let down by 41 unforced errors in a match the place each gamers transformed seven break factors.
1655 NISHIKORI THROUGH IN FIVE SETS
Kei Nishikori was given a stern check within the opening spherical by Italian Alessandro Giannessi however prevailed 6-Four 6-7(4) 6-Three 4-6 6-Four to advance.
Nishikori, a former world quantity 4, fired 56 winners and transformed 10 break factors in a match that clocked simply over 4 hours.
1610 DIMITROV RETIRES WITH INJURY
Bulgarian 16th seed Grigor Dimitrov was main 6-2 6-Four 5-7 0-Three in opposition to American Marcos Giron earlier than he was compelled to retire with an damage.
Dimitrov was 5-1 up within the third set and had three match factors earlier than shedding 9 video games in a row.
1600 ANDUJAR STUNS THIEM IN FIVE SETS
Unseeded Spaniard Pablo Andujar upset fourth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria 4-6 5-7 6-Three 6-Four 6-Four to achieve the second spherical. Thiem made 61 unforced errors and 7 double faults as he ran out of steam after claiming the opening two units.
1545 SABALENKA DOWNS KONJUH IN STRAIGHT SETS
Third seed Aryna Sabalenka beat Croatia’s Ana Konjuh 6-Four 6-Three to advance. Sabalenka made 31 unforced errors however in the end proved too highly effective, hitting 24 winners in comparison with Konjuh’s 12.
1530 SIMON MAKES EARLY EXIT AT HOME SLAM
Frenchman Gilles Simon was crushed 6-Four 6-1 7-6(5) by Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics within the first spherical. Fucsovics will subsequent face Italy’s 27th seed Fabio Fognini, who eased previous Gregoire Barrere 6-Four 6-1 6-4.
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1418 EVANS KNOCKED OUT IN FIRST ROUND AGAIN
Briton Dan Evans dominated the opening set earlier than falling 1-6 6-Three 6-Three 6-Four to Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic in a match that lasted greater than three hours.
Evans has now misplaced within the first spherical at Roland Garros for 3 straight years.
1405 KVITOVA OVERCOMES MINNEN SCARE, BAUTISTA AGUT THROUGH
Two-times Grand Slam champion and 11th seed Petra Kvitova fought again from a set down to maneuver previous Greet Minnen with a 6-7(3) 7-6(5) 6-1 victory.
In the lads’s draw, 11th seed Roberto Bautista Agut beat qualifier Mario Vilella Martinez 6-Four 6-Four 6-2.
1200 CARRENO BUSTA ADVANCES
Spain’s 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta progressed to the second spherical with a 6-Three 6-Four 6-Three win over Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos.
1059 OSAKA GETS PAST TIG IN OPENER, KERBER FALLS
World quantity two Naomi Osaka beat Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig 6-Four 7-6(4) of their second profession assembly and first since 2015 to maneuver into the second spherical of the French Open the place she is going to meet one other Romanian in Ana Bogdan.
Three-times Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber, nevertheless, the 26th seed, was surprised by Ukrainian qualifier Anhelina Kalinina 6-2 6-Four on Court 14.
0911 PLAY UNDER WAY
Play started underneath clear skies at Roland Garros, with the temperature hovering round 18 levels Celsius.
The claycourt main will initially welcome as much as 1,000 followers at every of the three essential showcourts, whereas the smaller courts will have the ability to admit 35% of their capability through the first 10 days as a consequence of COVID-19 restrictions in France.