The second round of the Roland-Garros tournament began on Wednesday May 25. The day was marked by the elimination of the Briton Emma Raducanu. Five French players were on the program. Two had to pack up: Elsa Jacquemot and Grégoire Barrère. Richard Gasquet, Diane Parry and Corentin Moutet are on course in the evening. The last will face Rafael Nadal in the night session on the Philippe-Chatrier court.
- Heatstrokes of the day
Alexander Zverev saw the exit door very closely on Wednesday on the Philippe-Chatrier court. The German even saved a match point in the fifth set against Sebastian Baez (36and) who outclassed him in the first two rounds. But the third world player, Olympic champion in Tokyo still in search of a first Grand Slam title, did not tremble when serving.
The Argentine elf (1.70), he had missed his chance: dominating, “Sascha” concluded from his first match point on opposing service. It will be opposed in 16are finals to the winner of the meeting between the American Nakashima and the Dutchman Griekspoor.
The Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, the new headliner of world tennis, also almost did not pass this second round. He ended up getting rid of his compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas, 44and world, after five intense and tight sets (1-6, 7-6, 7-5, 6-7, 6-4).
- The flop of the day: Raducanu out!
France has always liked to see heads roll. This Wednesday is that ofEmma Raducanu (12and in the WTA ranking) that the Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 47and world player (3-6, 6-1, 6-4). The Briton, surprise winner of the US Open 2021 after coming out of qualifying – a first in a Grand Slam – has since accumulated sporting disappointments.
“I look forward to these big events with such impatience”, she said, however, all smiles, on her arrival at the Porte d’Auteuil, Friday, May 20. The young 19-year-old player, for whom it was her first participation in Paris, will have plenty of time between now and Wimbledon (from June 27 to July 11) to honor the ten advertising contracts which would bring her around 10 million. pounds per year (about 11.7 million euros).
- Headliners of the day
Novak Djokovic continues its stroll Porte d’Auteuil. Three small sets in the first round, same rate in the second against the Slovak Alex Molcan, 38and world, beaten 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 on the Suzanne-Lenglen despite a small alert in the last round. The Serbian world number one will continue his “training” on Parisian clay on Friday against the Slovenian Aljaz Bedene (195and world), which dismissed the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas (4-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-4).
Maria Sakkari, in form this season on clay (15 wins for four losses on the surface), saw his dreams of lifting the Suzanne-Lenglen cup fly away after his defeat against the Czech Karolina Muchova (7-6, 7-6). World number 3, the Greek will not repeat her performance from last year at Roland-Garros where she reached the semi-finals (defeat against Barbora Krejcikova who will lift the trophy).
Felix Auger-Aliassime made short work of Argentinian Camilo Ugo Carabelli (6-0, 6-3, 6-4). It is true that, on paper, the fight seemed unequal. The young Canadian, who had been scared when he started on the Parisian ocher – qualification in five sets against the Peruvian Varillas – this time did not experience any delay in ignition: clear victory and without dispute. Auger-Aliassime, ninth in the ATP rankings, will face off in 16are final to the winner of the match Gojo-Krajinovic. In short, another run-in round for the Quebec nugget.
Victoria Azarenka easily defeated Germany’s Andrea Petkovic in straight sets (6-1, 7-6) on Wednesday. The Belarusian player, former world number one dropped to 15and place in the WTA rankings, will face in the next round the Swiss Jil Teichman, winner earlier in the day of the young Serbian Olga Danilovic (6-4, 6-1).
Victorious with forceps against the Japanese Taro Daniel in the previous round, the Frenchman Gregoire Barrere did not, this time, work a miracle against the American John Isner and his overpowering service. Defeat with honors (4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-7) however for the 210and world, which had benefited from Porte d’Auteuil, an invitation from the organizers.
It is also over for Elsa Jacquemot on the courts of Roland-Garros. The 19-year-old Lyonnaise pushed the German Angélique Kerber, ex-world number 1, to the decisive game in the second set, but ended up losing (6-1, 7-6) after more than two hours of play .
This is the number of aces “slammed” by John Isner against Frenchman Grégoire Barrère on Wednesday. Anything but a surprise. Despite his 37 years, the American giant, from the height of his 2.08 m, is the king of exercise on the circuit. He had passed 27 in the previous round, one of which flashed at 218 km / h, again against a Frenchman, Quentin Halys, who had given him 22 in return.
” That [m’a fait] something because when you’re little, you see her, she was number 1 in the world and you say to yourself “I’m going to be in front of her”, obviously that doesn’t matter “
Despite losing to Angelique Kerber, Frenchwoman Elsa Jacquemot found she had “pretty well managed” her match against a former world number one whom she ” [regardait] on tv when [elle était] small “.
- The other main results
2and single round men
Karen Khachanov (Russia) defeats Hugo Dellien (Bolivia) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-3.
Cameron Norrie (Great Britain) defeats Jason Kubler (Australia) 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
Bernabe Zapata (Spain) defeats Taylor Fritz (USA) 3-6, 2-6, 2-6, 3-6
2and single lap women
Cori Gauff (USA) beats Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) 6-1, 7-6
Elise Mertens (Belgium) beat Marie Bouzková (Czech Republic) forfeited.
Jil Teichmann (Switzerland) defeats Olga Danilovic (Serbia) 6-4, 6-1.
Amanda Anisimova (USA) defeats Donna Vekic (Croatia) 6-4, 6-1