dglobalnews.com Ciao, Schiavone? 2010 French Open champ unclear about future
Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Ciao, Schiavone? 2010 French Open champ unclear about future

Meanwhile, returning to the stage of her greatest triumph inspired defending champion Garbine Muguruza to down 2010 victor Francesca Schiavone 6-2 6-4 in the first round of theFrench Open on Monday.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic eased through to the second round of the French Open after beating Marcel Granollers of Spain in straight sets.

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.

In round two, Muguruza will face Estonian Anett Kontaveit, 21, who won 7-5, 6-1 over Romanian Monica Niculescu. "I think she has moments where she's unbelievable". Can you see Venus that she's playing 20 years here?

Raonic took just 92 minutes to beat the 38th-ranked Darcis 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 - taking the final game to love. "And the expectations are also, from me, really big, of course, because I know what I can do, what I did a year ago", Kerber said. He lost in the third round at Wimbledon, his earliest defeat in a Grand Slam in seven years, was beaten in the first round at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, reached the final of the U.S. Open, and lost early again at the Australian Open.

Mladenovic is due to face former runner-up Sara Errani in the second round on Wednesday, and she is confident she will have recovered. The 29-year-old German arrives with little confidence after losing her opening match in Rome.

Veteran Tennis player Samantha Stosur eased past her opponent Kristina Kucova 7-5 6-1.

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Svetlana Kuznetsova, the eighth-seeded 2009 champion, survived two time warnings to make the second round by seeing off Christina McHale of the United States 7-5 6-4.

Muguruza stepped her game up and took 14 consecutive points to seal the first set 6-2.

Already a finalist at Indian Wells this year, Svetlana Kuznetsova also made a semi-final appearance at the recent Madrid Open, a performance which proves she can still be a force on clay.

Kerber's strokes were off against Makarova, who has reached two major semifinals but never been past the fourth round in Paris. The American scored a hard victory over Wang Qiang, and in the next round, the 10th seeded waiting for the Japanese Kurumi Nara, who won a hard-fought win over 15-year-old Amanda Anisimova.

"It's very unusual to find a first round with two past champions", Muguruza told reporters on Friday.

Hot men's singles favourite Rafael Nadal gets his campaign for a 10th Roland Garros crown under way against Frenchman Benoit Paire, a master of the unpredictable who can live with the best - he has won six of his 32 matches against top 10 players - but also lose his way spectacularly.

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