Johanna Konta won her first match at Roland Garros and Serena Williams came from behind to win, while Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal also progressed
Otherwise, until tomorrow. Later.
Before we wrap up for the day, some latests:
Next, Serena plays Nara or Jakupovic; currently Nara, a qualifier, leads 4-2 in the first.
That’s what you get for the effrontery of winning a set.
…and very quickly, following an ace, she has three match-points
Serena will now serve for her bagel…
Diatchenko is struggling here, broken again to 15. Serena isn’t quite at her dazzling best, but she’s easing in nicely. Meanwhile, Edmund leads Chardy 2-1 in the third set; the first two were shared.
Hiya; it’s now 4-0 to Serena. I’ve a feeling she’s going to sneak this one.
I’m going to hand over to Daniel Harris, who will take you through the rest of the Williams match. Emails to him here, if you feel so inclined. Bye!
And another Williams break. She’s two breaks and 3-0 up in the third set, and the die appears to be cast.
Serena Williams holds to 15, courtesy of an ace and two service winners. She has hit eight aces today; Diatchenko has none. As I type they are otherwise fairly well matches statistically – 22 unforced errors each, while Williams trails 60-58 on first-serve ercentage and leads 60-55 on points won.
Serena has broken in the first game of the deciding set against Diatchenko, and though there’s a long way still to go appears on track to complete a comeback from a 2-6 first-set thrashing.
Jérémy Chardy is getting excellent support on Court 1, and appears to be feeding off it. He’s playing some excellent tennis, and he’s just wrapped up a set in which at one point he trailed 1-4 with an ace to level his match with Kyle Edmund at one tight set apiece.
Serena Williams has levelled the match at a set apiece, after storming through the second set at breakneck pace. It’s 2-6, 6-1 between her and Vitalia Diatchenko, and heading for a decider.
Chardy has just broken Edmund at the end of a mammoth, 10-minute game full of twists and swings and fine shotmaking. The second set is thus back on serve, with the Frenchman serving a 3-4.
Vitalia Diatchenko has wrapped up the first set against Serena Williams on Philippe Chatrier, winning it 6-2. It’s not over yet, though: Williams has just broken to take a 2-0 lead in the second.
Another seed falls: the women’s 30th seed, Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu, has been knocked out by Ekaterina Alexandrova. She didn’t go easily: Alexandrova was 40-15 up with two match points in what became the final game, but Buzarnescu came back to win a break point and threaten a comeback. It was not to be, and after three deuces the Russian wrapped up a 6-4, 6-4 victory.
Kyle Edmund has won the first set against Jérémy Chardy on a tie-break, though he played excellently in the breaker and won it 7-1.
Williams has just been broken again: she’s 5-2 down to Diatchenko in the first set!
Serena Williams’ warm-up was on TV for a while earlier, and I thought she looked somehow ill at ease. She’s made a scratchy start to her first-round match as well: she trails Vitalia Diatchenko 4-2 in the first set. It’s already Diatchenko’s finest, and very nearly her longest, performance against Williams – in their only previous meeting, at the US Open four years ago, Williams was 6-0, 2-0 up after just half an hour’s play when Diatchenko retired because of injury.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, twice a semi-finalist here but last in the second round back in 2016, has beaten Poland’s Peter Gojowczyk 7-6, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. Next up for him is the No7 seed, Kei Nishikori.
Jérémy Chardy has broken back, and is now 5-4 ahead in the first set against Kyle Edmund.
Diane Parry is one of the stories of the tournament, the 16-year-old world No457 reaching the second round by beating Vera Lapko 6-2, 6-4 earlier. Her single-handed backhand caught the eye – she says Amelie Mauresmo taught her the skill – as she became the youngest French winner of a match here since a 15-year-old Alizé Cornet – who lost her first-round match today – in 2005. “I tried to approach this match as a run-of-the-mill match so as not to have too much pressure on my shoulders,” Parry said. “I tried to roll out my usual game. I tried not to think about the fact that it was a big match in the French Open. I tried to be as cool and relaxed as possible.”
Here’s a fashion update from Reuters. I’m not sure that I see why it’s such an exciting design, but then I’m not known for my sartorial expertise:
Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty is not known for extravagant outfits, preferring to let her tennis do the talking on court, but she made an impression on both counts as she began her French Open campaign in style on Monday.
Barty was far too good for American Jessica Pegula, winning 6-3, 6-3 on Roland Garros’s so-called bullring court kitted out in a black and white striped zebra kit.
Kyle Edmund is well into the first set of his match against the experienced Frenchman Jérémy Chardy, and broke in the first game to give himself a slender advantage: it’s currently 4-2 there.
Novak Djokovic is all done on Philippe Chatrier, beating Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 and looking very fine indeed in the process.
Tomorrow’s order of play can be found here. Jelena Ostapenko v Victoria Azarenka is the stand-out encounter, though both are now unseeded and they will be on the new Simonne Mathieu court. There’s plenty of British interest, including an all-British men’s doubles match featuring Ken and Neal Skupski against Jonny O’Mara and Luke Bambridge.
After Wawrinka another 34-year-old has just eased his way into round two, with Gilles Simon completing a straight-sets victory over Serguy Stakhovsky, the 33-year-old Ukrainian, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.
Stan Wawrinka hasn’t been past the third round of a Grand Slam since reaching the final here in 2017 but he’s fit, focused and safely into round two after beating Jozef Kovalik, the 26-year-old Slovakian who has never got past the first round of a Grand Slam, 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3.
Novak Djokovic has hit the ground running, and is dismantling the 22-year-old Pole Hubert Hurkacz on Philippe Chatrier: he won the first two sets 6-4, 6-2 and has broken in the first game of the third.
Borna Coric, the No13 seed, has beaten the recovering ex-Briton Aljaz Bedene – born in Slovenia and now representing that country once again – 6-1, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 on Court 1. Kyle Edmund is next on there.
Danielle Collins is into round two, after completing a straightforward win over the German Tatjana Maria, who hit just eight winners – to Collins’ 40 – on her way to a 0-6, 2-6 defeat. Collins, a 25-year-old from St Petersburg (the Florida one) had never won a Grand Slam match at the start of 2019, but reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open and is now on her way in this one.
Henri Laaksonen has completed a straight-sets win over Pedro Martinez, though two sets were considerably straighter than the third: it’s ended 6-1, 6-0, 7-6 on Court 5.
Guido Pella seems to have taken a decisive advantage in his all-Argentinian match against Guido Andreozzi. The 19th seed is a break up in the fourth set, and leads 7-6, 6-4, 1-6, 3-0.
Further bagel-shaped adventures: Henri Laaksonen must have been feeling very good about life after he took a two-set lead over Pedro Martinez 6-1, 6-0. But it’s no longer looking so straightforward: it’s 5-5 in the third.
Bagel latest: Danielle Collins has taken the first set against Tatjana Maria 6-0 (and is currently 0-40 on Maria’s serve in the first game of the second).
Reilly Opelka, the 6ft 11in American, hit an impressive 17 aces in his match with Cristian Garin today, but all for nought: he went out in straight, tough sets: 7-6, 7-5, 7-6. Not a lot of breaks of serve there (one, to be precise).
It sounds like there was a medical cause to Frances Tiafoe’s fifth-set meltdown – the American vomited twice on his way to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 first-round loss to Filip Krajinovic:
Throwing up during the match isn’t something that normally happens to me … I threw up again when I went to the locker room after the third set. The fifth-set result obviously came to that because [I] was obviously very depleted and had nothing really in me. It was tough to end like that.
Djokovic recovers to win his first service game, having started the match by breaking Hurkacz to 15. It’s thus 2-0 in that one.
A delay on Chatrier, where a number of balls have gone missing and, only one game into his match against Hubert Hurkacz, Novak Djokovic has to ask why there are only three left and if they could possibly find some more. A bit weird, this. Where have they gone? How did they get there? Is there a hole in the space-time continuum?
Pierre-Hugues Herbert has claimed perhaps the finest victory of the day, coming back from two sets down to beat Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 on a delirious Court 14.
It’s slightly disappointing for Caroline Wozniacki to respond to her defeat to Veronika Kudermetova by saying her opponent “got very lucky” and that her defeat was entirely down to that and Wozniaki “losing a little steam”. She lost 0-6, 6-3, 6-3, with Kudermetova looking impressive enough, in her first ever victory over a top-20 player, to deserve perhaps a compliment or two. Anyway, this is what Wozniacki had to say:
I think I played really well in the first set. I played aggressive. I played the way I wanted to play. And then I think she got very lucky in the start of the second set and … took advantage of the opportunities she got. And then I just lost a little steam in the end and I made some unforced errors that I normally don’t do, so that was very frustrating.
Nadal chases down a drop volley and plays a ludicrous flicked lob that lands an inch short of the line and wins a point that but a moment earlier looked lost. That sets up match point, and a long forehand from Hanfmann later Nadal has won, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3!
Nadal is just dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on his (surely?) victory over Hanfmann, and having played a German qualifier in the first round it looks like he will play another in the second: Yannick Maden is 7-6, 7-5, 4-2 up against another qualifier, Belgium’s Kimmer Coppejans, on Court 4. Maden is 29, has a current ranking of 114 (five down on the all-time high he hit in April) and has never won a Grand Slam singles match before.
Stan Wawrinka, the 2015 French Open champion and seeded 24th this year, is out on court to play Slovakia’s Jozef Kovalik, and it’s going with serve in the first set, the Swiss veteran leading 2-1.
Nadal is now 3-1 up in the third set, having broken Hanfmann’s resistance. A double fault on game point prevented his winning the service game to love, then a brutal ace secures the win.
More French joy as Pierre-Hugues Herbert pulls off a shock win, by bouncing out Daniil Medvedev in the fifth set of that marathon, having been two sets down. He wins the final set 7-5 and Court 14 rings out with some rather atonal and perhaps inebriated singing from the locals. The 12th seed has gone.
Another Croatian, Borna Coric, the 13th seed, crushed Slovenia’s Aljaž Bedene 6-1 in the first set of their match, though the second set is going with serve. Hanfmann’s mini-revival continues by taking Nadal to deuce, then pulling off a rather decent backhand volley at the net. Then, almost inevitably, comes a double fault. Then come a run of deuces before a failed drop shot from Hanfmann is greeted by a rueful smile. Then comes a wild baseline hit from Nadal and we are into the longest game of the match. Nadal speeds forward to the net to win a volleying battle, then as Hanfmann hits an attempted winner out of play the break of serve is claimed. Nadal leads 2-1 in the second set and will now serve.
The Croatian Donna Vekic, the 23rd seed, looks to be closing on victory over Russian Ludmilla Samsonova, leading 4-2 in the second set, having won the first 6-2. Nadal is currently riding out something of a dead-cat bounce from Hanfmann, who took him to 40-30, but then lost the second game.
Herbert and Medvedev continues to go with serve in that fifth set, with them locked at 5-5. Hanfmann, staring departure in the face, has served out the first game of the third set with Nadal. It’s the first time he has led in a set, though it is only 1-0.
Nadal is now serving for a two-set lead, having broken Hanfmann to go 5-1 up and the German puts up a little resistance to prevent that fate. Having got to 30-30, Hanfmann misses a big winner and then fails to drift a lob over the net. Nadal leads two sets to love, 6-2 6-1.
Nadal is now 4-1 up in the second set, and looking strong in the serve. Gasquet has completed the job on Zverev Major, seeing it out in three sets to win 6-3 6-4 6-3. That’s a popular win for the former enfant terrible.
Mischa Zverev, not as good as brother Alexander, is two sets down to Richard Gasquet, with the match going with serve at 3-3 in the third set. It was the same score of the fifth set between Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Daniil Medvedev, which looks like being a ding-dong but it’s still with serve and the Russian is now 4-3 up.
Nadal breaks Hanfmann to go 2-0 up in the second set, having won the first 6-2. The German’s big serve has brought just one ace so far, and the eleven-time champ is setting sailing for 12.
Serbia’s Kecmanovic goes through and wins his first ever Grand Slam match, with a hell of a turnaround in that fifth set, as he serves out to win 6-4, having been 4-2 down. Something of a choke from Kudla. He wins 6-0 6-7 5-7 6-3 6-4.
Ashleigh Barty didn’t hang around: the Australian No8 seed breezed past Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-3 on Court No1, the match taking precisely an hour. I can also confirm the demise of Frances Tiafoe, who lost to Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.
In further ding-dong news, the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, looking for his first win in the main draw of a Grand Slam at the age of 19, is playing America’s Denis Kudla. They’re 85 and 81 in the world rankings respectively, so you might expect this to be close, and close it very much is: Kudla is a break up in the final set and leads 0-6, 7-6, 7-5. 3-6, 4-2.
Oh dear. Frances Tiafoe’s ding-dong has gone wrong: he’s 4-0 down in the final set, and 40-0 down in the current game to boot.
Here’s Yannick Hanfmann on the prospect of playing Nadal today. He is, by the way, 0-3 down having been broken once (though he had a couple of break points of his own in the first game):
I have been playing well. I’ve got a big game, I’ve won all six sets I’ve played [in qualifying], I’m definitely feeling comfortable here. So if my serve and return works, I can definitely do some damage. I won’t go into the match thinking I’ve no chance because that would be stupid. I’ll have a match plan ready.
In South Africa, I went to a cheetah outreach centre and loved these animals to death. It’s hard to see what we’re doing to our planet with beautiful animals like the cheetah being classified as endangered only two years ago, so I’d definitely like to get involved in things like that which make me happy and fulfilled.
Frances Tiafoe is engaged in what I believe is technically known as a right old ding-dong on Court 12, against Filip Krajinovic. It’s gone to a final set, with Krajinovic holding in the first game of it to lead 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. 3-6, 1-0.
Rafael Nadal is on court! He’s up against the German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann, the world No180, on Philippe Chatrier. Could be a tough afternoon for the 27-year-old.
“I was a little bit nervous when I started the match,” says Kudermetova. To come back from losing the first set 6-0 to a former Grand Slam champion, when she had never won a Grand Slam match, takes some spirit.
Kudermetova takes herself to match point with a ludicrously-angled high crosscourt backhand volley, and wins the match at the net with a more straightforward forehand. She ends the match 43-21 ahead on unforced errors, and 40-15 ahead on winners!
Wozniacki holds her serve; Kudermetova now serves for victory at 5-3 in the final set.
… and Kudermetova holds to take a 5-2 lead in the decisive set. Is there any way back into this for Wozniacki?
So much for the Wozniacki comeback: she’s been broken right back again, and is 2-4 down in the final set. The decisive point was the Dane’s third unforced backhand error of the game.
Wozniacki has broken back in the final set, Kudermetova – who had the physio on a the last changeover to administer some eyedrops – double-faults to surrender her advantage, and it’s back on serve at Wozniacki 6-0, 3-6. 2-3 Kudermetova.
Caroline Wozniacki wobbled in the second set of her match against Veronika Kudermetova, a 22-year-old who has never won a Grand Slam match (this is only her second). Now, though, she is in very serious trouble: Kudermetova is a break up in the decider and leads 0-6, 6-3, 2-0!
Kaia Kanepi, who we last heard from when she snuck the first set against the No18 seed, Julia Goerges, 7-5, has stormed to victory in the second, which she won 6-1. Goerges only had two break points in the entire match (she won them both) while Kanepi had 18.
News of another French flop: the women’s No4 seed, Kiki Bertens, has cruised through her match against Pauline Parmentier 6-3, 6-4.
That Gasquet match will start any minute now, as Alizé Cornet has just lost her match against Viktoria Kusmova on Simone Mathieu, 6-4, 6-3.
The men’s No15 seed is out! Juan Ignacio Londero has beaten Nikoloz Basilashvili in straight sets – 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 – and is through to round two, where he will play the winner of the Mischa Zverev v Richard Gasquet which will happen later today.
Jo Konta is pleased:
I just hanged tough when I needed to and was able to come through in the end. In general I do feel that I’m feeling the game reasonably well and most importantly I don’t think I’m panicking. I’m finding myself down in a lot of matches and just trusting my ability to find my way in the match.
Jo Konta beats Antonia Lottner 6-4, 6-4! A close and slightly curious match is decided at the margins. There were seven breaks of serve in the first set but just one in the second, in the final game. Konta goes through to play Lauren Davis in the second round.
The men’s No15 seed, Nikoloz Basilashvili, is in serious trouble on Court 9, at 4-6, 1-6, 3-3 against Juan Ignacio Londero, an Argentinian who at 25 is playing his first match in the main draw of a Grand Slam. Londero is 25-9 ahead on winners, and has won 49% of all points on Basilashvili’s serve.
Wozniaki has closed the gap in set two to 2-4, after a mammoth Kudermetova service game which was eventually decided when the No13 seed – who had been 0-40 up – took her sixth break point.
America’s Lauren Davis claims the day’s first victory, beating Kristyna Pliskova 6-2, 6-4 on Court 4. She will play Konta or Lottner in the second round.
Kudermetova is now leading Wozniaki 4-1 in the second set, with a double break. That’s quite the turnaround in momentum.
There will be no double bagel on Philippe Chatrier. Wozniacki, having won the first set 6-0, is 1-2 down in the second, and has been broken!
There’s an interesting match developing on Court 1, where Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi has won the first set against the No18 seed Julia Görges, who will need to improve significantly on a first-serve percentage of 47%. Kanepi took the set 7-5, with five breaks of serve along the way.
Jo Konta is back on track, breaking in the next game – from 40-15, winning the next four points – to take the first set 6-4!
There is a seed in trouble on Court 12, where America’s Frances Tiafoe, a quarter-finalist at this year’s Australian Open and seeded 32nd, has lost the first set 6-2 against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic.
No such trouble for Caroline Wozniacki, the No13 seed, who has taken the first set against the Russian Veronika Kudermetova, the world No68, 6-0.
That didn’t go according to plan. Lottner breaks to 30 and that’s back on serve.
Jo Konta is on Court 7 at the moment, playing Germany’s Antonia Lottner, the world No147. She’s a break up, and serving for the first set at 5-3.
Some news this morning from Petra Kvitova, who has a grade two tear to a muscle in her left forearm and has pulled out of the tournament. Kaja Juvan replaces her and will play Sorana Cirstea in the first round, which despite now being without a box-office draw remains scheduled for Suzanne Lenglen:
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