Roland-Garros Day 2 women’s recap – Andreescu out, Kenin through, Swiatek wins on birthday

Your guide to the biggest stories from the women’s side at 2021 Roland-Garros as the first round continues in Paris on Monday 31 May

31 May 2021
Bianca Andreescu
  • Seeds winning on Monday at Roland-Garros (1st round): Sofia Kenin (4), Serena Williams (No 7), Iga Swiatek (8), Belinda Bencic (10), Elise Mertens (14), Marketa Vondrousova (20)
  • Seeds losing on Monday at Roland-Garros (1st round): Bianca Andreescu (6), Garbine Muguruza (No 12), Kiki Bertens (16), Johanna Konta (19)
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SWIATEK WINS ON 20TH BIRTHDAY

Defending women’s champion Iga Swiatek scored a 6-0, 7-5 win over Kaja Juvan on her 20th birthday. The Pole extended her winning streak at Roland-Garros to eight matches with the win.

KENIN WINS CLASH OF CHAMPIONS

In a clash of former Grand Slam champions, Sofia Kenin emerged victorious, beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. She will face her compatriot Hailey Baptiste in the second round.

ANDREESCU FALLS AT FIRST HURDLE

Former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu fell to Tamara Zidansek, who scored her first-ever Top 10 victory with a 6-7(1), 7-6(2), 9-7 success.

MUGURUZA CRASHES OUT TO KOSTYUK

Garbine Mugurza fell to Marta Kostyuk 6-1, 6-4 in round one of the French Open on Monday evening. The No 12 seed, who appeared to be struggling physically, crashed out after one hour and 29 minutes.

SERENA STORMS INTO ROUND TWO

During the first official night session at Roland-Garros, Serena Williams kicked off her French Open campaign by beating Irina-Camilia Begu 7-6(6), 6-2 defeat. Williams saved two set points in the opening frame of play and eventually advanced after one hour and 42 minutes.

“It’s cool because it’s a new night session,” she said. “In all my eons of playing here there’s never been a night session at Roland-Garros.”

FORMER SEMI-FINALIST BERTENS UPSET

Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens was the first big casualty on the women’s side on Monday as Day 2 action got underway in Paris at the Roland-Garros Championships. The former world No 4, seeded 16th this year, was beaten in a close three-setter by Polona Hercog 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in one hour and 55 minutes.

FORMER FINALIST VONDROUSOVA WINS

2019 runner-up Marketa Vondrousova was among the first big names to advance to the second round at Roland-Garros on Monday. The 20th seeded Czechwoman scored a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 win over former world No 15 Kaia Kanepi, of Estonia, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

She will next meet Frenchwoman Harmony Tan, who scored a straight-sets 6-4, 6-4 win over countrywoman and former world No 11 Alize Cornet.

BRITISH STARS OUT

Johanna Konta, seeded 19th, fell in two sets to Sorana Cirstea of Romania, 7-6(5), 6-2. She has now failed to win a match in Paris since reaching the semi-finals back in 2019, having lost in the first round last year to Coco Gauff. It is the sixth time she has lost in the first round at Roland-Garros.

It was also a disappointing display from former British No 1 Heather Watson, who crashed out to Zarina Diyas 6-4, 7-5. The 29-year-old has never been beyond the second round of the Roland-Garros main draw, despite having reached the final of the junior doubles in 2009.

OTHER RESULTS

  • Belinda Bencic, the 10th seed, beat last year’s semi-finalist Nadia Podoroska 6-0, 6-3
  • Elise Mertens, seeded 14th, progressed with a 6-4, 6-1 win against Storm Sanders
  • Caroline Garcia beat last year’s quarter-finalist Laura Siegemund 6-3, 6-1
  • American Madison Brengle defeated Colombian teen Maria Camila Osorio Serrano 7-5, 6-4
  • Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson beat Shelby Rogers of the USA, 6-7(3), 7-6(8), 6-2
  • Hailey Baptiste beat Anna Blinkova 6-1, 6-4

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