Muguruza downs Schiavone to reach second round
- Author: Julie Sanders May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 19:38
PARIS A storm was brewing at Roland Garros on Monday before the start of day two of the French Open as defending champion Garbine Muguruza prepared to face 2010 victor Francesca Schiavone in muggy conditions on Court Philippe Chatrier. The Danish player, who had retired after the first set last week in Nurnberg due to injury, beat the 17-year-old and Australian wild card Jaimee Fourlis 6-4 3-6 6-2 to advance into the second round where she will face Francoise Abanda.
"It is an incredible honour and good luck to have him [Agassi] with me on the team", Djokovic said.
The fourth seed, who had been woefully out of form in the run-up to Roland Garros, never looked in danger of joining Russian Anastasia Myskina as the only reigning women's champion to lose in the opening round of the claycourt grand slam.
The first-round match between defending champion Garbine Muguruza and 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone has been interrupted for about 10 minutes after a spectator was attended by first aiders in the stands.
In all he made 33 unforced errors to Thiem's 10, while the ace count was 11 to three in the Austrian's favour.
Bursting out to a 2-0 second-set lead, Muguruza seemed in command.
Schiavone, the 2010 champion, showed her usual fighting spirit and saved three match points before sending a forehand volley wide. "I was happy that she won the French Open at that time", said Muguruza.
"I played my game, which means being aggressive and going forward".
Kazakhstan's 27th-seed Yulia Putintseva has made light work of Frenchwoman Myrtille Georges 6-3 6-0, Croatian 29th-seed Ana Konjuh was made to work for a 7-5 7-6 (7-4) victory over Danka Kovinic of Montenegro, while Chinese 32nd-seed Zhang Shuai has overcome Croatian Donna Vekic 7-5 6-4.
After a poor start, Schiavone picked up herself and presented Muguruza with a proper challenge even if she went down 6-2 6-4 on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Veteran Tennis player Samantha Stosur eased past her opponent Kristina Kucova 7-5 6-1.
The 25th-seeded Johnson won 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-3.