Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Rafa and Novak impressive

Day two at Roland Garros did not produce any major upsets but did allow Rafa Nadal and reigning champ Novak Djokovic to strut their stuff.

Straight sets victories over Granollers and Paire respectively were perfect entries into the tournament and the likely semi final between the second and fourth seeds is a mouth watering prospect.

Other seeds to offer impressive starts included Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic and David Goffin, but not so fortunate was 14th seed Jack Sock whose multitude of unforced errors contributed to a loss to Jiri Vesely in three sets.
Gilles Simon and Mischa Zverev are lower seeds who also left the tournament.

A number of the top seeded women required three sets to reach the second round but not 2016 champ Garbine Muguruza whose 6-2 6-4 win was at the expense of 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone.  The win was all the more impressive considering the Italian's recent good form. 

13th seed Kristina Mladenovic took 3 hours and 9-7 in the third set to fight off 88th ranked American Jennifer Brady and 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki needed to go the full distance to defeat Australian Jaimee Fourlis, ranked 337.
Kiki Bertens (18) and Elena Vesnina (14) also took the long route to round two.

Much simpler for 2nd seed Karolina Pliskova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (16) and 2010 finalist Samantha Stosur who all won in straight sets.

Strasbourg finalist Dasha Gavrilova was a shock loser, joining Lauren Davis and Coco Vandeweghe as the seeded players to leave in the opening round.

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