Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Murray eliminated by Wawrinka, Paire and Garcia qualified

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Sometimes under the roof, always in the cold, the kickoff of Roland-Garros was given in front of the thousand authorized spectators. Overview of the main results of this inaugural Sunday.

  • Stanislas Wawrinka crushes Andy Murray

Far from their high-flying semi-final during the 2017 edition, the poster for this first day at Porte d’Auteuil, between two winners of Grand Slam tournaments, only gave birth to a one-sided game. Stanislas Wawrinka has never been worried by Andy Murray, back in Paris after three years of absence and several hip operations. Dominated as soon as the exchange settled, the Scots won only six small games (6-1, 6-3, 6-2).

  • First post-confinement victory for Benoît Paire

Listening to the Avignon’s post-match interview, one could believe in a new defeat in his post-confinement ordeal. Benoît Paire however won without too much difficulty against the modest South Korean Soonwoo Kwon (7-5, 6-4, 6-4), not without throwing a racket and swinging unforced errors by handfuls (57!).

Still equally disillusioned by the conditions of this resumption of bubble tennis, the Frenchman puts at least an end to a nasty series of post-confinement defeats and several trying weeks, between double positive control for Covid-19 and isolation imposed in his room. New York hotel, on the sidelines of the US Open.

  • Caroline Garcia defeats the evil eye

There will be no Anett Kontaveit curse for Caroline Garcia! Two weeks after her defeat in the first round in Rome against the Estonian, the Frenchwoman hardly dismissed the 17 seed at Roland Garros (6-4, 3-6, 6-4). She will face the Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich (96e world) in the next round.

Caroline Garcia was the only tricolor in the running this inaugural Sunday. In men, in addition to Benoît Paire, Benjamin Bonzi beat the Finnish Ruusuvuori (6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4). Three other French people have already taken the door: Jérémy Chardy against the Austrian Jurij Rodionov (3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 10-8), Antoine Hoang against the German Dominik Koepfer (6-2, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1), Elliot Benchetrit against American John Isner (6-4, 6-1, 6-3).

  • Venus Williams and David Goffin already outside

Andy Murray is not the only ex-world number one to be released on Sunday. Among the women, the quadra Venus Williams folded against the Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (6-4, 6-4). Her little sister, Serena, comes into play on Monday against her compatriot Kristie Ahn.

Other beautiful names already eliminated: the Belgian David Goffin, seeded 11, was dried by the promising Italian Jannik Sinner (7-5, 6-0, 6-3) and the Croatian Borna Coric suffered the same fate against the Slovak Norbert Gombos (6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4).

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