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Roland-Garros: Kerber saves match points against Frech to reach second round

It was an absolute rollercoaster of a match as the former Grand Slam champion clung on

Angelique Kerber_Roland-Garros_2021 May 28, 2021: Angelique Kerber of Germany during practice ahead of the 2021 Roland Garros Grand Slam Tournament

German Angelique Kerber, the No 21 seed, reached the second round of Roland-Garros by saving match points to edge out Pole Magdalena Frech 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 in Paris on Monday evening.

Kerber, ranked No 17, will play French wildcard Elsa Jacquemot next.

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

  • Veronika Kudermetova (29) beat Lin Zhu (Q): 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
  • Ajla Tomljanovic beat Anett Kontaveit (5): 7-6 [5], 7-5
  • 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 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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