Highlights: French Open day one
September 27, 2020
PARIS (Reuters) – Highlights of the first day at the French Open, the final Grand Slam tournament of the year, on Sunday (all times GMT):
1810 GAUFF UPSETS KONTA
American teenage sensation Coco Gauff made her Roland Garros main draw debut with a stunning 6-3 6-3 win over ninth seeded Briton Johanna Konta.
The 16-year-old, playing in the main draw of a claycourt tournament for only the second time in her career, will next face Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan.
1725 WAWRINKA DUMPS OUT MURRAY IN STRAIGHT SETS
Swiss Stan Wawrkina advanced to the second round with a 6-1 6-3 6-2 victory over Britain’s Andy Murray, his first Tour-level win since the season’s restart.
The last time the pair met at Roland Garros, they battled for 4-1/2 hours in an epic semi-final but this time Wawrinka did not drop serve and converted six break points, firing 42 winners while Murray made 26 unforced errors.
1655 PAIRE CRUISES INTO ROUND TWO
Benoit Paire, who was forced to pull out of the U.S. Open last month after testing positive for COVID-19, eased into the second round on home soil with a 7-5 6-4 6-4 win over Kwon Soon-woo of South Korea.
1650 CORIC FALLS AT FIRST HURDLE
U.S. Open quarter-finalist Borna Coric struggled for rhythm on the Parisian clay as he committed 46 unforced errors in a 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4 defeat by Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos.
1525 GARCIA SENDS KONTAVEIT PACKING
Home favourite Caroline Garcia, who reached her only Grand Slam quarter-final in Paris three years ago, struck 41 winners to beat 17th-seeded Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-4 3-6 6-4.
1445 NISHIKORI BATTLES PAST EVANS
Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who missed the American hardcourt swing after contracting COVID-19 last month, edged past Britain’s 32nd seed Dan Evans 1-6 6-1 7-6(3) 1-6 6-4 in a gruelling battle lasting almost four hours.
Nishikori has now won his past nine five-set matches in Grand Slams.
1435 VENUS SUFFERS ANOTHER EARLY EXIT
Former world number one Venus Williams suffered a 6-4 6-4 defeat by Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the opening round.
The 40-year-old American has now lost in the first round at all her four tournament appearances since the season resumed following the COVID-19 shutdown, including this month’s U.S. Open.
1250 HALEP OVERCOMES SLUGGISH START TO ADVANCE
Top seed Simona Halep was 4-2 down to Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo before switching gears to win 10 consecutive games and move into the second round with a 6-4 6-0 victory under the roof on court Philippe Chatrier.
Elise Mertens also came through her rain-interrupted first-round clash against Margarita Gasparyan, hitting 22 winners in a 6-2 6-3 victory.
1118 SINNER UPSETS GOFFIN
Italian teenager Jannik Sinner stunned Belgian 11th David Goffin 7-5 6-0 6-3 in his first match at Roland Garros, firing 23 winners while Goffin made 43 unforced errors.
Sinner, 19, has reached the second round of a Grand Slam only once before — at this year’s Australian Open.
1100 AZARENKA, SAKKARI THROUGH TO SECOND ROUND
Tenth seed Victoria Azarenka, wearing a jacket in cold conditions at Roland Garros, beat Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic 6-1 6-2 in a first-round match interrupted by rain and suspended for 50 minutes.
Greek 20th seed Maria Sakkari also braved incessant drizzle to complete a 6-0 7-5 win over Australian Ajla Tomljanovic.
1000 RAIN HALTS PLAY ON OUTER SHOWCOURTS
Victoria Azarenka’s match against Danka Kovinic on court Suzanne Lenglen and Elise Mertens’ first-round clash with Margarita Gasparyan on court Simonne Mathieu were suspended due to rain.
Belarusian Azarenka refused to stay on court after the supervisor asked her to wait until a decision was made on whether the match should continue.
Matches on the outer courts continued despite the drizzle while David Goffin against Jannik Sinner on court Philippe Chatrier carried on with the roof closed.
0908 PLAY UNDERWAY AT ROLAND GARROS
Belgian David Goffin, seeded 11th, began his first-round match against Italian Jannik Sinner under the retractable roof at Court Philippe Chatrier following a spell of rain.
The temperature was hovering around 16 degrees Celsius with more rain predicted.
Top seed and birthday girl Simona Halep meets Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo later and Swiss Stan Wawrinka faces 2016 runner-up Andy Murray.
The event will welcome 1,000 fans daily amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar, Rohith Nair and Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond and Toby Davis)
Highlights: French Open day one