© Reuters. Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts during her first round match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS / Christian Hartmann
(Reuters) – Highlights of the first day at the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year, on Sunday (times GMT):
Naomi Osaka has been fined $ 15,000 by Grand Slam organizers for boycotting a press conference after her first-round win, and the number two in the world was also ahead of a possible expulsion from Roland Garros and future ones Majors warned if they fail to meet their media obligations.
Osaka started their French Open campaign with a 6-4 7-6 (4) win over Romanian Patricia Maria Tig, but her refusal to honor her media commitments at the clay court major has led to a confrontation with the organizers.
Prior to the start of the slam, Osaka announced that it would not attend press conferences in Paris to raise awareness about the players ‘psychological wellbeing, saying the nature of journalists’ questions is like “kicking a person when they are on the ground lies”.
The Austrian fourth-placed Dominic Thiem, a French Open finalist in 2018 and 2019, has been fighting for his form in recent months and succumbed to a five-set defeat against the Spaniard Pablo Andujar.
The German Alexander Zverev, who was beaten by Thiem in the US Open final last year, survived a five-sentence scare against his compatriot Oscar Otte, while the former world number one Angelique Kerber suffered another defeat in the first round.
2100 TSITSIPAS OVERCOMING SLOW START TO REACH THE SECOND ROUND
The fifth seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas recovered from a stuttering start and defeated the French Jeremy Chardy 7: 6 (6), 6: 3 6: 1 and moved into the second round.
Tsitsipas, who won the title in Lyon last week, will next face either the American Sebastian Korda or the Spaniard Pedro Martinez.
1905 ZVEREV THROUGH AFTER FIVE SETTER WITH THE GERMAN FELD OTTE
The German Alexander Zverev recovered from a miserable start and reached the second round with a 3-6 3-6 6-2 6-2 6-0 win against his compatriot Oscar Otte.
Zverev has now won all seven of his five-set competitions at Roland Garros and will next meet another qualifier, the Russian Roman Safiullin.
1825 AZARENKA SURVIVES KUZNETSOVA’S CHALLENGE TO PROGRESS
The Belarusian 15th seeded Victoria Azarenka defeated the former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 2-6 6-3 and moved into the second round.
Azarenka had nine double faults and seven fewer winners than Kuznetsova, but the Russian was let down by 41 casual mistakes in a game in which both players scored seven breakpoints.
1655 NISHIKORI BY FIVE MOVEMENTS
Kei Nishikori was put to the test in the opening round by Italian Alessandro Giannessi, but prevailed with 6-4 6-7 (4) 6-3 4-6 6-4 to advance.
Former world number four, Nishikori fired 56 winners and scored 10 breakpoints in a game that lasted just over four hours.
1610 DIMITROV RETIRES WITH INJURY
The 16th placed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov led 6-2 6-4 5-7 0-3 against the American Marcos Giron before he had to retire due to injury.
Dimitrov was 5-1 ahead in the third set and had three match points before losing nine games in a row.
1600 ANDUJAR stuns THIEM IN FIVE SETS
The non seeded Spaniard Pablo Andujar angered the fourth seeded Dominic Thiem from Austria with 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-4 and reached the second round. Thiem made 61 casual mistakes and seven double mistakes when he ran out of breath after the first two sets.
1545 SABALENKA SUPPORTS KONJUH IN STRAIGHT Sentences
The third seeded Aryna Sabalenka defeated the Croatian Ana Konjuh 6: 4 and 6: 3 to advance. Sabalenka made 31 easy mistakes but ultimately proved too powerful, scoring 24 winners versus Konjuh’s 12.
1530 SIMON LEAVES EARLY AT HOME SLAM
Frenchman Gilles Simon was beaten in the first round by Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-4 6-1 7-6 (5). Fucsovics will next face Italy’s 27th seeded Fabio Fognini, who overtook Gregoire Barrere with 6-4 6-1 6-4.
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1418 EVANS EXCLUDED AGAIN IN THE FIRST ROUND
Great Britain’s Dan Evans dominated the first set before losing 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic in a game that lasted more than three hours.
Evans has now lost in the first round at Roland Garros for three years in a row.
1405 KVITOVA OVERCOMES MINNE’S TERROR, BAUTISTA AGUT
Two-time Grand Slam winner and eleventh seed Petra Kvitova fought her way back after a setdown to overtake Greet Minnen with a 6-7 (3) 7-6 (5) 6-1 win.
In the men’s draw, the eleventh seeded Roberto Bautista Agut defeated the qualifier Mario Vilella Martinez with 6-4 6-4 6-2.
1200 CARRENO BUSTA ADVANCES
Spain’s twelfth seeded Pablo Carreno Busta moved into the second round with a 6: 3, 6: 4, 6: 3 against the Slovakian Norbert Gombos.
1059 OSAKA GOES TO OPENER, KERBER FALLS VIA TIG
The number two in the world, Naomi Osaka, defeated the Romanian Patricia Maria Tig 6-4 7-6 (4) in her second career meeting and made it into the second round of the French Open as the first since 2015, where she and Ana Bogdan meets another Romanian.
The three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber, the 26th seed, was stunned by the Ukrainian qualification Anhelina Kalinina with 6: 2: 6: 4 in 14th place.
0911 PLAY ON THE GO
The game began under a clear sky in Roland Garros, at a temperature of around 18 degrees Celsius.
The clay court major will initially welcome up to 1,000 fans on each of the three main show courts, while the smaller courts can allow 35% of their capacity in the first 10 days due to COVID-19 restrictions in France.