Fair shake? Refusal to clasp hands creates French Open flap
- Author: Julie Sanders May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 19:59
Hsieh, who won the doubles at Roland Garros in 2014, earned the win on her second match point after Konta sent a return into the net.
One struggled, the other had a stroll in the park.
It seemed to trigger something in Murray who had been doing his manic grinning and sarcastic applause towards his box in the second set, but suddenly was on a march at the start of the third set, jumping out to a 3-0 lead and keeping Kuznetsov at bay to go up 2-1 in the match.
It heralded a quick break, and with two hours on the clock, Murray broke again for the set, 6-2.
As often in Paris, Djokovic spoke in French during his on-court interview, and joked.
"I was just happy with my balance of play, the way I was thinking out there". Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
Recovering from illness and injury, his love affair with clay has turned sour this year, with early-round defeats this month to Borna Coric in Madrid and Fabio Fognini in Rome ― losses in which Murray said the absence of Ivan Lendl, who tends to coach him only during grand slams, had not played a role. In the victory, Murray won 72 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points.
"And last year during Bercy that's when I reached No. 1 for first time, so I've got very good memories from Paris last year, and I'll try and have another good one year this year".
"I've just got a cough now, but I was just a bit sick for a couple of days", Murray added.
The other seeded American man in action Tuesday, No. 27 Sam Querrey, lost to Chung Hyeon of South Korea 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Kvitova returned to tennis in Paris after she was attacked in the Czech Republic in December.
Home favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also exited the tournament, unable to turn around a first-round match against Roland Garros debutant Renzo Olivo that had been suspended on Tuesday due to darkness.
Parisian boys and girls will get the chance to see some of the game biggest stars this year, with Rafael Nadal later scheduled to resume his quest for a 10th title in Paris against Robin Haase.
As if to rub salt into the wound, the world No1's preparation for the French Open this week was hindered by another health issue-sickness followed by a cough.
The owner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles is not playing for the rest of this season because she is pregnant.