Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
Sports | By Angel Morales

Johnson through to 2nd round at French Open

Johnson through to 2nd round at French Open

With the likes of Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Victoria Azarenka all stuck on the sidelines for differing reasons, we take a look at the best bets for the title among the remaining bunch.

Timea Bacsinszky, the Swiss 30th seed who made the semi-finals two years ago, was also an early victor, seeing off Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-1, 6-2.

Ruano Pascual was better known for her doubles (she reached No. 1 in the world) skills than her singles play.

"There is much bigger expectation this year, especially in the big tournament and Grand Slams".

"I know in the last years I always had up and downs", Kerber said. "I'm happy that I managed to play, to be able to be kind of composed out there, because I wasn't sure how I was going to react again in the center court, playing against an ex-champ".

Muguruza said: "I can not believe in the first round we have two ex-champions".

The 30-year-old Serbian, without a tour title since January, found little resistance from Granollers, grabbing two breaks early on in the first set as he chased the 77th-ranked around the court.

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Kerber was defeated in the first round by unseeded Kiki Bertens 12 months ago and has yet to get past the quarter-finals.

Although maybe not, considering how Kerber has fared lately.

It's just the fifth time that a women's top seed has fallen in the first round of a major during the Open Era.

The Spaniard broke to love in the first game of the match with some fearsome hitting in an aggressive start, unleashing a barrage of brutal forehand winners.

"The first three games you could see that I couldn't put one ball in", Schiavone said.

Another significant event of the day was a return to Petra Kvitova - champion of Wimbledon at the end of December past year, suffered an armed attack and received serious injuries, his working left hand.

The 23-time Grand Slam victor learned she was pregnant just two days before starting a successful assault on January's Australian Open and won't return before next year.

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The 25th-seeded Johnson won 6-3, 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 6-3. I felt like the tennis was taken away from me, and it wasn't my decision.

"I think I know I played good here before".

Petra Kvitova produced a superb performance on her return to action at the French Open, beating Julia Boserup 6-3 6-2 to storm into round two.

Djokovic kept his cool to earn the second set and pounced on the Spaniards' accumulating mistakes in the third set to seal victory on his first match point.

A battling Schiavone saved four break points to trail 3-2 before a delay while an unwell spectator was treated on a warm day in the French capital. But that was about it.

"I expect to play, I should be OK but I am waiting for another ultra-sound on Saturday", said Halep, who arrived early in Paris for treatment on torn ligaments. "That's the key to this match", said Kerber, adding that slow movement on clay was to blame for her stunning loss.

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