Paris: King of Clay Court, Rafael Nadal of Spain has made it to the second round of the men’s singles category of the French Open. Nadal got this victory after a day’s wait. Meanwhile, America’s Serena Williams, who returned to the Grand Slam after giving birth to her daughter, was successful in winning the first round match.
Maria Sharapova of Russia, former World No. 1, has also reached the second round of the women’s section. World number 1 Nadal beat Italy’s Simone Boley in the first round match 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (11-9) in two days. This match started on Monday but ended on Tuesday. On Monday, Nadal had won two sets and was in line with 3-3 in the third set when the rain had stopped due to which the match had to be stopped.
On Tuesday, when Nadal landed on the field, he got a good turn from Bolele. But the Spanish player who won the French Open 10 times won the match. Earlier, both of the players had reached this tournament six years ago, but then Boley managed to win just five games.
This time he showed a lot of improvement in his game but could not touch the level of Nadal’s game. In the other match of the men’s singles category, third seed Croatia’s Marin Cilic also managed to make the first round in the second round. He beat Australia’s James Duckworth 6-3, 7-5, 7-6. In the match lasted two hours and 13 minutes, Silic has made the first set easily.
Kevin Anderson of South Africa defeated Paulo Lorenzi of Italy 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in a second-round for one hour and 42 minutes. Britain’s Kyle Edmund has also entered the second round for the fourth consecutive year. 16th Seed Edmund beat Australia’s Alex De Minier 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. In the second round, they will face Maturin Fuksovic of Hungary, who beat Canada’s Wasek Posseil 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 in another match.
In the women’s singles, Sharapova made Richel Hagenkamp of the Netherlands a place in the second round. World number-30 Sharapova beat Tegenkamp 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in a one-54-minute match. In the next round, Sharapova will be up against Croatia’s Donna Wykak. Spain’s Garbiney Muğuruza has also been successful in winning his first-round match. Former US-American Williams, who won 23 Grand Slam titles so far in the career, beat the Czech Republic’s Cristina Pliskova after a spectacular return to the court and cut the second round ticket.
The 36-year-old Serena beat Plisskova 7-6, 6-4 in the first round of her first Grand Slam tournament of the year. Serena, looking for her fourth French Open title, made her debut in one hour and 45 minutes. In the 2016 French Open, Garbin Mugruja entered the next round after defeating Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6, 6-2 in a match that lasted two hours and five minutes. Australia’s Samantha Stosur got the second round ticket by defeating Belinda’s Yanina Wmayer 6-2, 6-4.