PARIS (AP) – The latest news on the Roland-Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament (all local times):
American teenager Coco Gauff didn’t let 10 double faults, 12 break points or a chair umpire warning about dad training disrupt her progress to the second round at Roland Garros.
Gauff, 18, started her journey in Paris with a 7-5, 6-0 win over Canadian qualifier Rebecca Marino on Sunday.
Gauff’s best performance at any Grand Slam tournament came a year ago at Roland Garros, where she reached the quarter-finals before losing to eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova.
Gauff had some service issues against Marino but managed to save 10 of the 12 break points she faced. A key stat that has helped Gauff is that she only committed 16 unforced errors, while Marino racked up 40.
Marino took part in Roland-Garros for the first time since 2011.
Garbiñe Muguruza, double Grand Slam champion, is absent from Roland-Garros in the first round for the second consecutive year.
Muguruza won the title at Roland Garros in 2016 and was seeded 10th this year, but was beaten 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 by Estonian Kaia Kanepi on Sunday.
Kanepi turns 37 next month and is the oldest player on the women’s roster in Paris. She is ranked 46th and is participating in her 15th French Open. His best performances were quarter-finals in 2008 and 2012; she appeared in seven Grand Slam quarter-finals but never won one.
The match ended in drizzle and Muguruza missed a match point return and then cracked his racquet on the ground.
She beat Serena Williams in the final at Roland Garros six years ago, then beat Venus Williams in the final at Wimbledon in 2017.
Two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem’s losing streak has reached 10 matches with a first-round exit at Roland Garros as he recovers from a torn tendon in his right wrist.
Thiem lost 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to Hugo Dellien, an 87th-ranked Bolivian who entered the game with a career record of 2-7 in Grand Slam matches.
Thiem won the 2020 US Open and was a runner-up in three other major tournaments. He lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2018 and 2019 French Open final, and to Novak Djokovic in the 2020 Australian Open final.
But Thiem’s last win anywhere on tour came in Rome in May 2021. He is 0-6 this year.
In another early exit from a top player on Sunday, No. 6 seed Ons Jabeur was knocked out of the tournament by Poland’s Magda Linette, 56th, 3-6, 7-6(4), 7- 5.
Jabeur started the day with 17 wins on clay this season. She won the Madrid Open and reached the Italian Open final this month.
The first result of the 2022 French Open is in and the No. 26 seed Sorana Cirstea is the first player to reach the second round.
The 32-year-old Romanian followed that up with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Germany’s Tatjana Maria on Court 6 on Sunday.
Cirstea is taking part in her 53rd Grand Slam tournament and she has already reached a quarter-final – at Roland Garros in 2009.
She reached the fourth round in Paris a year ago. Cirstea also went this far at the Australian Open in 2017 and January.
The second Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year has begun on the red clay courts of Roland Garros in Paris, without any of the COVID-19 restrictions that have limited attendance for the past two years.
The French Open is the only major sports championship that starts on a Sunday.
The program includes former Grand Slam winners such as Sloane Stephens, Garbiñe Muguruza and Dominic Thiem.
The most anticipated match of the opening day involves Carlos Alcaraz, the 19-year-old Spaniard, seeded No. 6 and the youngest player to break into the top 10 of the men’s rankings since Rafael Nadal in 2005.
Alcaraz’s game against Juan Ignacio Londero is likely to be held last at Court Philippe Chatrier, the venue’s main stadium.
Last year’s men’s champion Novak Djokovic and 13-time champion Nadal are scheduled to play their first-round matches on Monday. The same goes for the No. 1 ranked woman, Iga Swiatek, who is on a 28-game winning streak.
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