Defending champion makes positive start

Defending champion makes positive start

In what had shaped as the most intriguing first round match of the 2017 French Open, defending champion Garbine Muguruza has cleared the first hurdle in her bid to retain the title with a decisive straight-sets win over former champion Francesca Schiavone.

For potential banana skins, look no further than reigning champion Garbine Muguruza's clash with another former Roland Garros victor, Francesca Schiavone.

It is likely the 36-year-old Italian's final French Open match-Schiavone announced her plan to retire at the end of the season-and the strong start serves as a statement of intent for Muguruza, who compiled a mediocre 3-3 clay-court record this season.

The fourth seed will meet Estonia's Anett Kontaveit for a place in round three. I think she has a spectacular body, also, to be able to do that.

Kvitova said her left, playing hand, was not in ideal shape but she was able to play.

Raonic took just 92 minutes to beat the 38th-ranked Darcis 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 - taking the final game to love.

“I know I played good here before, but that doesnt make me extra confident this year.

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Manchester boxing hero Ricky Hatton said he was "proud" of the way his city had rallied around in the wake of the attack. The game actually saw a lot of patterns from the whole season, that it had so come to define and decide.

German world No. 1 Kerber, the reigning U.S. Open champion, dropped serve six times on her way to a 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova. Schiavone saved three match points before her forehand volley went wide.

She at least arrived in Paris with some confidence in the bank after making the semi-finals in Rome last week before pulling out with a neck injury.

A 22-time Grand Slam champion, Steffi Graf lost a total of two completed opening round matches at majors throughout the course of her entire career. Raonic, whose best run at the French Open came when he made the 2014 quarter-finals, fired 15 aces and 44 winners to book a meeting with Mikhail Youzhny of Russian Federation or Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva. "Perhaps the public thinks that, okay, she won previous year (so this match should be easy), but you need to avoid being (distracted) with these thoughts", she told a news conference.

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

While the defending champion marches on, Schiavone has sadly bid goodbye to the tournament where she famously made a name for herself seven years ago, when she upset Samantha Stosur in the championship match to win her first (and very likely only) Grand Slam title.

Djokovic, who lost his No. 1 ranking to Murray past year, has hired Agassi as part of his bid to win Roland-Garros and become the first man in the Open era to win each of the four majors twice. My team was there.Kvitova, twice a Wimbledon singles champion, told the crowd in an interview on the court that she was glad she made a decision to play in the tournament and addressed her parents and brother in the guest box, saying, "Thank you for everything you helped me through this hard time"."I'm glad with how I played today".

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