Sunday, 19 November, 2017

French Open 2017: Champion Garbine Muguruza Survives Scare To Reach Third Round

The Latest: After upset, a loss for Makarova at French Open The Latest: 2016 French Open champion Muguruza drops 1st set
Clarence Duncan | 02 June, 2017, 01:03

"I just am really focused on me and nothing's a given, or else I'd win every match", said Venus, who has sister Serena in Paris supporting her.

For Muguruza, the win was revenge for a loss to the Estonian the last time they met, in Stuttgart in April.

"I mean, I am pleased".

Second-seeded Djokovic barely put a foot wrong in a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 win over Joao Sousa, while Muguruza had to dig deep to avoid becoming the first reigning champion at Roland Garros to lose in the second round since 2014, when she upset Serena Williams.

"In the first and second rounds I'm the favourite, but it's sport and nothing is predictable", said Djokovic.

Seeded 10th here, Williams ground her Japanese opponent into the red Parisian dust in a contest that at times nearly veered into miss-match territory before ending 6-3, 6-1.

The American, however, kept her cool and watched asKvitova surrendered on match point with her ninth double fault. She came back on court with a bandage on her left thigh but did not seem hampered in her moves.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's French Open hopes vanished into thin air on Wednesday when he was sent packing in the first round with a 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4 defeat against Argenitine Renzo Olivo.

"I'm sorry for my French, my teacher is on holiday", he said.

Tsonga lost the first three points on his serve Wednesday but managed to save the three match points.

"So it took me a while to get things back under control".

"She was very quiet, very relaxed, and I had to calm down". "You never stop learning and that's what I love about the game".

Kvitova struggled with her returns despite the American getting less than half of her first serves in, rallying back from 3-1 down to force another tiebreak.

The victor of 23 Grand Slam singles titles is not playing for the rest of this season because she is pregnant. He will now play Briton Kyle Edmund in the second round.

The locals will also keep a close eye on 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic, a Frenchwoman who dealt with back pain and deficits before winning in the first round.

Muguruza took the form into the final set, where she won five of the last six games in her way to victory.

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