Andreescu eliminated in the 1st round of Roland-Garros by Tamara Zidansek, 85th

Andreescu eliminated in the 1st round of Roland-Garros by Tamara Zidansek, 85th

Canadian Bianca Andreescu is absent from Roland Garros after suffering a defeat in the first round.

The No. 6 seed, of Mississauga, Ont., Lost 6-7 (1), 7-6 (2), 9-7 to Slovenia, world No. 85 Tamara Zidansek on Monday in three hours and 20 minutes. minutes. Grand Slam match on clay.

Zidansek is taking part in the second round of Roland Garros for the first time after winning his first career victory against a top 10 opponent.

It was only Andreescu’s fourth game and his first loss on clay in his career at the highest level.

Andreescu, 20, withdrew from the Strasbourg warm-up last week with abdominal discomfort after winning two matches.

Prior to that, the 2019 US Open champion was on seven week leave. Andreescu injured his foot in the Miami Open final in April, then tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in Spain for the start of the clay court season.

Auger-Aliassime opens the game on Tuesday

Andreescu didn’t play at all in 2020 after injuring his knee in the WTA Finals in 2019.

Andreescu committed 63 unforced errors on Monday, 17 more than his opponent.

Leylah Annie Fernandez of Laval, Que., The other Canadian in the women’s singles draw, won her first round game on Sunday.

Montrealer Félix Auger-Aliassime, the only Canadian in the men’s singles draw, will play his first round match on Tuesday.

Medvedev leaves the funk of the 1st round

On his fifth attempt, Daniil Medvedev finally won a match at Roland Garros.

The second-seeded Russian, who lost in the first round in each of his previous four appearances on Paris clay, claimed a first victory in the Grand Slam event by beating Alexander Bublik 6-3, 6 -3, 7-5.

Medvedev has often struggled on the slow court – he’s 12-20 on clay – and much prefers hard courts. He holds a 148-59 record on hard and has won all of his 10 titles on the surface fast.

During his on-field interview, Medvedev told the crowd he thought the balls used in Paris suited his game very well.

“Since I got here I feel really good, I can almost play like on hard courts,” he said. “I hope I can achieve something great.”

A two-time Grand Slam finalist, Medvedev aims to become the third Russian to win a major tournament after Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin.

Italian teen Sinner avoids shocking outing

Rising Italian star Jannik Sinner saved a match point in his opener at Roland Garros before beating Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-1, 4-6, 6-7 (4), 7- 5, 6-4.

The 18-seeded teenager was on the verge of a shocking outing at Roland Garros, a year after reaching the quarter-finals on his Parisian clay debut. But Herbert couldn’t take his chance, shooting a wide shot at 4-5, 30-40 in the fourth set.

It turned out to be a turning point as Sinner finally held, snapped, and sealed the whole. Herbert’s missed backhand volley then gave Sinner an early break in the decider and the Italian prevailed with his deep groundstrokes.

Swiatek back on the road to victory in Paris

Reigning Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek picked up where she left off last year by winning the title: running yet another opponent this way and that on the red clay of Roland Garros in a victory in straight sets.

Her best friend on the tennis circuit, Kaja Juvan, was a victim on Monday on the Philippe Chatrier court as Swiatek forcefully launched her campaign to become the first woman since Justine Henin in 2007 to successfully defend the Roland Garros title. .

Playing on his 20th birthday, Swiatek clinched a 6-0, 7-5 victory – his eighth consecutive victory at Roland Garros, also not having lost a set in winning last year in as a 19-year-old seedless. old.

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