Today has been another exciting day of tennis so far at the 2015 French Open, with several big names going through in straight sets.
The Russian dispatched her compatriot Vitalia Diatchenko inside 80 minutes this morning. She served up a 6-3 6-1 defeat despite clearly suffering with a cold for the entirety. Diatchenko narrowly avoided a match point – which would have led to a bagel – to get on the board, before Sharapova cruised to victory in a quick and easy final game.
German Sabine Lisicki had an incredibly easy time against Russian Daria Gavrilova, winning the first set 6-1 before an injury led to Gavrilova’s retirement going into the second set. The women’s side of the French Open will be hotly contested as always, with Petra Kvitova, Serena Williams and Ana Ivanovic all safely through to round 2.
Elsewhere in the French Open, Roger Federer took on Spaniard Marcel Granollers, eventually winning in a 6-2, 7-6(6-1), 6-3 victory. The Swiss tends to find form when it matters most, something he indeed did today, easily winning the tie-break in the second set against a deflated opponent. After a brief dip at the start of the third set, Federer recaptured his form, winning 4 in a row despite a mid-game blowout. On his way, he served two love games in a row, and played some incredible winning shots.
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga will play Israeli Dudi Sela in his 2nd round matchup at 4:30PM BST. This will be the first time since 2009 that the pair have met, and Tsonga will look to keep his undefeated run against his opponent.
Andy Murray has set up a 2nd round clash with João Sousa of Portugal. He says he feels comfortable with the way he is playing – his French Open and Wimbledon prospects are so far looking hopeful.
Author Eoghan Aston.
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