All eyes have turned to Paris for the start of the second Grand Slam event of the year, The French Open held at the Roland Garros Stadium where British number one Andy Murray was one of five British players competing in the first round today.
Last year semi-finalist and third seed Murray, 28 beat Argentine qualifier Facundo Arguello 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 on Court Philippe Chatrier this evening. British Women’s number one Heather Watson beat French wildcard Mathilde Johansson 6-4, 7-5 to book her place in the second second round too where she will face either Sloane Stephens or 2002 finalist Venus Williams. Aljaz Bedene, who became the British number two when he gained UK citizenship in March, lost in four sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 against Dominic Thiem from Austria on his Grand Slam debut as a British player. Jo Konta and Kyle Edmund are also in action today on a jammed packed second day of competition on the distinctive French red clay courts.
Over the fifteen days of competition the world’s top tennis stars will be in action with top seed Novak Djokovic hoping for another Grand Slam victory, Rafael Nadal looking for his 10th French Open title, Serena Williams is going for a 20th Grand Slam title. Defending champion Maria Sharapova is hoping to add to her 2012 and 2014 crowns starting with a 6-2, 6-4 first round win over Kaia Kanepi from Estonia.
The second-seeded Russian, 28, will now play compatriot Vitalia Diatchenko.Yesterday’s opening round was a good day for Switzerland yesterday as both Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka won their first round matches defeating Colombian Alejandro Falla 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 and Marsel Ilhan from Turkey 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 respectively. In other news Garbine Muguruza who put Serena Williams out of last years event in a shock defeated is through to the second round with a 6-2, 7-5 victory against Croatia’s Petra Martic.
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