Friday, 2 June 2017

Murray slowly finds form

Andy Murray had a slow beginning to his second round match at Roland Garros, losing the opening set to Martin Klizan from Slovakia.  He recovered from that lapse as the world number one should, and although it took three and a half hours it was an impressive win, with 41 winners as evidence.

Local fans were pleased with the straight sets progress of Richard Gasquet and Gael Monfils but were less happy that Kei Nishikori and Fernando Verdasco ended the hopes of other French players Jeremy Chardy and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Wawrinka, Cilic and Isner progressed without a hitch, and del Potro was handed a free pass when Almagro was unfortunately forced out through injury at a set apiece.

Delpo will feature in possibly the tournament highlight so far - a clash with Andy Murray in round three.

Prominent casualties in Day five were Tomas Berdych and Nick Kyrgios, who fell to Karen Khackanov and Kevin Anderson respectively.

The crowd was delighted to see French favourite Alize Cornet upset Barbora Strycova, allowing the 20th seed a mere 5 games for the match.  The Czech player didn't help her chances, contributing 36 unforced errors.

Better news for Czech fans was the win by the highest remaining ranked player in the draw, Karolina Pliskova, although Ekaterina Alexandrova took her the distance.
10th seed Agnieszka Radwanska also had to fight all the way to reach the third round, overcoming a fine performance from Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck, ranked 113 in the world.

Svitolina and Vesnina both came from a set down to survive but seeds Madison Keys, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Ana Konjuh said farewell from the singles draw.

Simona Halep, Caroline Garcia, Anastasija Sevastova and Carla Suarez Navarro continued to win with relative ease.

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