Tuesday, 30 May 2017

French Open Day Three LIVE!

French Open Day Three LIVE!

Andy Murray, Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund are all looking to book their place in the second round of the French Open.

FRENCH OPEN FIRST ROUND
Konta v Hsieh
Murray v Kuznetsov
Edmund v Elias
Wawrinka, Nishikori, Halep in action

FIRST SET

Just 24 minutes on the board as Konta serves an ace down the middle to win the first set 6-1.

CRUISE CONTROL?

A deep ball from Konta, followed up with a forehand winner into the corner to bring up 15-40. Another forehand ripped cross court and Konta leads 5-1. This could be over quite quickly at this rate.

DEL POTRO LEADS 

Del Potro has also made a bright start as he leads Pella 3-0. Kyrgios is level at 2-2 with Kohlschreiber and Shvedova is up 3-2 with a break against fifth seed Svitolina on Suzanne Lenglen.

Svitolina is second favourite on the women's side behind Halep, who plays Cepelova last on Chatrier.
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HSIEH HOLDS

Hsieh on the board as she holds for 1-3. Konta still very much on top, though, and hitting the ball much harder.

ANDERSON EXCITED

Big-serving Kevin Anderson faces Malek Jaziri today...

KONTA BREAKS

The early signs are very positive for Konta. She holds to love to start and then breaks next game to lead 2-0. Hsieh looks like she is going to find this tough going.
DEL POTRO'S RETURN

There a few more spectators on Court 6 as Del Potro starts his first French Open campaign in five years against fellow Argentine Pella.

Injuries have kept Del Potro out of the tournament since 2012 when he reached the quarter-finals. He has had shoulder and back concerns recently, but is pleased to be back in action in Paris.
"I’m very happy to return after five years," he said. "I’m going to play this tournament again which is really nice and very important. I hope to be in good condition."
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PLAY UNDERWAY

Warm-ups done, the sun is shining and we are ready to go on day three at Roland Garros. As usual - although it still surprises me - there are more than a few empty seats on Chatrier as Konta serves first.

'EMBRACE THE STRUGGLE'

It's not just Konta who has been struggling on clay...

Murray has just five wins under his belt since February and faces a potentially tricky first-round match against Kuznetsov, who arrives in Paris on the back of a run to the semi-finals of the Geneva Open.
"The last few months have not been good, obviously," says Murray. "I haven't played well. I had a few issues, as well. I need to accept that I'm struggling and then find a way to get through it.

"I will get through it, I'm sure of that. When that happens, I don't know. Hopefully it happens in a few days. If it doesn't, maybe it happens during the grass.

"But the only way to get through it is to work your way through it, keep working on your game, try and understand what's not been going right.

"Although it's very frustrating, you have to try to enjoy this part of what we do as well because the struggles are part of what make the good times so enjoyable. I need to enjoy my struggle a little bit just now and that will help me get through it quicker, I believe."

KONTA TO BREAK DUCK?

Konta is seeded seventh for the tournament but has only won two matches in three clay court tournaments this season.

She has also never made it past the first round at the French Open, but is hoping to break her duck against Hsieh, who has not won a match on clay this year.

"I'm looking to apply myself the best I can," says Konta. "I'm looking to stay here for as long as possible.
"I think as long as I feel that I keep growing and I keep improving within the matches that I play, that's what's most important to me right now."
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ORDER OF PLAY
 
First stop, the order of play. It's Konta who kicks things off on Philippe Chatrier as she bids to win her first ever main-draw match at Roland Garros. She faces world No 109 Hsieh Su-Wei.
Zverev and Verdasco are second on Chatrier as they resume their match at one-set all after being called off last night.
Then it's Murray against Kuznetsov while Edmund is third up on Court 14 against Elias.
Also in action today are Wawrinka, Nishikori, Halep, Svitolina, Del Potro and Kyrgios.
GOOD MORNING

Take a large helping of Brits, sprinkle with some more star power and throw in Gael Monfils v Dustin Brown and you've got yourself a pretty tasty day three at Roland Garros.
Stay tuned for all the build-up right here before play gets underway at 10am....
 FRENCH OPEN FIRST ROUND

Konta v Hsieh
Murray v Kuznetsov
Edmund v Elias

Wawrinka, Nishikori, Halep in action

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