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Roland-Garros: Halep fights for comeback win over lucky loser Schunk

It was a shaky match for the Romanian, who is playing her first Grand Slam with new coach Patrick Mouratoglou

Simona Halep Simona Halep in the first round of the 2022 French Open (Panoramic)

Simona Halep, the No 19 seed, moved into the second round of Roland-Garros by defeating German lucky loser Nastasja Schunk 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 on a chilly Tuesday evening in Paris.

Halep, also ranked world No 19, will face Chinese Qinwen Zheng next – and admitted on court afterwards that she would need to play better if she hoped to progress through the tournament.

She fell behind 3-0 in the first set before clawing her way back, and said in her press conference: “I found a way to stay focused and to fight for the set. Second set I was not able to do that. She played really well. I went a little bit down.

“But then in the third set I restarted everything. I just fought for every ball. I restart in my mind. I did what I had to do, and I felt more confident, I felt better. So I found the rhythm. I’m happy with the way I finished the match.”

Schunk, ranked No 165, won against Brazilian Laura Pigossi (7-5, 3-6, 6-3), Paraguayan Veronica Cepede Royg (6-3, 6-1) and American qualifier Hailey Baptiste (7-5, 4-6, 6-2) to reach the main draw.

Paris (Grand Slam): Other first-round results (Stade Roland-Garros, clay, EUR 43.600.000, most recent results first):

  • Chloe Paquet beat Aryna Sabalenka: tuesday
  • Panna Udvardy beat Fernanda Contreras Gomez: tuesday
  • Daria Kasatkina (20) beat Rebecca Sramkova (LL): 6-2, 6-0
  • Madison Brengle beat Mihaela Buzarnescu (LL): 6-1, 6-2
  • Tamara Zidansek (24) beat Claire Liu: 6-2, 6-2
  • Kaja Juvan beat Oksana Selekhmeteva (Q): 7-5, 7-6 [4]
  • Paula Badosa (3) beat Fiona Ferro (WC): 6-2, 6-0
  • Camila Giorgi (28) beat Shuai Zhang: 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
  • Jessica Pegula (11) beat Qiang Wang: 6-2, 6-4
  • Yulia Putintseva beat Irina Bara (Q): 6-3, 6-1
  • Anhelina Kalinina beat Hailey Baptiste: 5-2 ab.
  • Mayar Sherif beat Marta Kostyuk: 6-3, 7-5
  • Shelby Rogers beat Tereza Martincova: 6-4, 6-3
  • Madison Keys (22) beat Anna Kalinskaya: 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
  • Irina-Camelia Begu beat Jasmine Paolini: 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 [5]
  • Caroline Garcia beat Taylor Townsend: 6-3, 6-4
  • Ekaterina Alexandrova (30) beat Greet Minnen: 7-5, 6-3
  • Elena Rybakina (16) beat Arantxa Rus: 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
  • Katie Volynets (WC) beat Viktorija Golubic: 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
  • Alize Cornet beat Misaki Doi: 6-2, 6-0
  • Aleksandra Krunic (Q) beat Kamilla Rakhimova: 6-4, 6-3
  • Danielle Collins (9) beat Viktoriya Tomova (LL): 6-0, 6-4
  • Karolina Pliskova (8) beat Tessah Andrianjafitrimo (WC): 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
  • Jelena Ostapenko (13) beat Lucia Bronzetti: 6-1, 6-4
  • Angelique Kerber (21) beat Magdalena Frech: 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
  • Veronika Kudermetova (29) beat Lin Zhu (Q): 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
  • Ajla Tomljanovic beat Anett Kontaveit (5): 7-6 [5], 7-5
  • Anna-Karolina Schmiedlova beat Kristina Kucova: 4-6, 7-6 [1], 6-2
  • Emma Raducanu (12) beat Linda Noskova (Q): 6-7 [4], 7-5, 6-1
  • Leolia Jeanjean (WC) beat Nuria Parrizas Diaz: 6-4, 6-3
  • Elsa Jacquemot (WC) beat Heather Watson: 6-3, 6-3
  • Danka Kovinic beat Liudmila Samsonova (25): 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
  • Diane Parry beat Barbora Krejcikova (2): 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
  • Alison Riske beat Dayana Yastremska: 6-3, 6-3
  • Iga Swiatek (1) beat Lesia Tsurenko (Q): 6-2, 6-0
  • Daria Saville (WC) beat Valentini Grammatikopoulou (Q): 6-1, 6-2
  • Andrea Petkovic beat Oceane Dodin: 6-4, 6-2
  • Victoria Azarenka (15) beat Ana Bogdan: 6-7 [7], 7-6 [1], 6-2
  • Amanda Anisimova (27) beat Naomi Osaka: 7-5, 6-4
  • Bianca Andreescu beat Ysaline Bonaventure: 3-6, 7-5, 6-0
  • Petra Kvitova (32) beat Anna Bondar: 7-6 [7], 6-1
  • Martina Trevisan beat Harriet Dart: 6-0, 6-2
  • Qinwen Zheng beat Maryna Zanevska: 6-3, 6-1
  • Marie Bouzkova beat Anastasia Gasanova (LL): 6-2, 6-1
  • Leylah Fernandez (17) beat Kristina Mladenovic: 6-0, 7-5
  • Donna Vekic (Q) beat Mirjam Bjorklund (Q): 7-6 [6], 6-2
  • Belinda Bencic (14) beat Reka-Luca Jani (LL): 6-1, 6-1
  • Cori Coco Gauff (18) beat Rebecca Marino (Q): 7-5, 6-0
  • Elise Mertens (31) beat Elena-Gabriela Ruse: 6-3, 6-1
  • Maria Sakkari (4) beat Clara Burel: 6-2, 6-3
  • Alison Van Uytvanck beat Ann Li: 3-6, 2-3 ab.
  • Varvara Gracheva beat Astra Sharma: 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
  • Olga Danilovic (Q) beat Dalma Galfi: 3-6, 7-6 [4], 6-2
  • Jil Teichmann (23) beat Bernarda Pera: 6-2, 6-1
  • Katerina Siniakova beat Petra Martic: 6-4, 7-6 [6]
  • Aliaksandra Sasnovich beat Xinyu Wang: 6-4, 6-1
  • Kaia Kanepi beat Garbine Muguruza (10): 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
  • Karolina Muchova beat Carole Monnet (WC): 6-3, 6-3
  • Maria Camila Osorio Serrano beat Harmony Tan (WC): 6-4, 6-3
  • Sloane Stephens beat Jule Niemeier (Q): 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
  • Sorana Cirstea (26) beat Tatjana Maria: 6-3, 6-3
  • Beatriz Haddad Maia beat Cristina Bucsa (Q): 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
  • Magda Linette beat Ons Jabeur (6): 3-6, 7-6 [4], 7-5
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