French Open 2016 Day 2 on Monday: Stan Wawrinka and Garbine Muguruza avoid upsets; Kei Nishikori advances.
A recap of the action on Day 2 on Monday at the French Open in Paris, including results, tweets, hot shots, photos and more.
• After defeating Novak Djokovic to win the Italian Open title last week, Andy Murray started flat in his Roland Garros opener against 37-year-old qualifier Radek Stepanek. The Czech stormed out to take the first two sets over Murray, but the Scot steadied himself and fought back to take the third 6–0 and grabbed a lead in the fourth before the match was suspended due to darkness.
Stepanek asked the umpire to call the match due to bad light, but the match continued on and after getting bageled in the third, Stepanek left the court for a bathroom break and Murray was not happy with the decision.
"Keep an eye on how long this toilet break takes," Murray tells chair umpire as Stepanek takes a bathroom break. Murray wants to push on.— Steve Tignor (@SteveTignor) May 23, 2016
Murray and Stepanek will finish their match on Tuesday, second up on Chatrier after Angelique Kerber–Kiki Bertens.
• Seeds fell on the women’s side in the later matches on Monday, as American Shelby Rogers upset No. 17-seed Karolina Pliskova 3–6, 6–4, 6–3 and Tsvetana Pironkova handed No. 16-seed Sara Errani yet another loss on the red clay. But the highest seed to go out in the women’s tournament so far is No. 7 Roberta Vinci, who lost 6–1, 6–3 to Kateryna Bondarenko. No. 2-seed Agnieszka Radwanska cruised 6-0 6-2 over Bojana Jovanovski.
• No. 9-seed Richard Gasquet defeated Thomaz Bellucci 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 and will face Bjorn Fratangelo in the second round. A former French Open junior champion, Fratangelo earned a spot in the main draw via the USTA wildcard and knocked out fellow American Sam Querrey 6-3, 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-3 on Monday to advance.
• Stan Wawrinka avoided becoming the first French Open defending champion to lost in the first round, getting through a five-setter against Lukas Rosol, 4–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4. Down a set in the fourth, Wawrinka saved two break points against Rosol, which proved to be a turning point in the match. Wawrinka had won all four of his previous matchups against the 30-year-old Czech, including last week en route to his title in Geneva, and extended that streak to five on Monday.
"It's a good thing to get through, but it's never, never the best to start with five-set match and not play your best tennis," Wawrinka said after the match. "You always want to play good tennis and win matches in three sets. But today I'm really happy with the way I find solution. It's really good victory, good win for me, because it's first match. He was playing really well. Wasn't easy for myself to get into the match."
• No. 32-seed Jelena Ostapenko was the first seed to fall at this year’s French Open, as 18-year-old Naomi Osaka prevailed 6–4, 7–5 in her debut at Roland Garros. In the next round, she’ll face Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who defeated Daniela Hantuchova 6–1, 6–2 on Monday.
• Cagla Buyukakcay made history on Monday in Paris, becoming the first Turkish woman in the Open Era to make the second round of a Grand Slam with her 5–7, 7–6 (2), 6–2 win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Buyukakcay had already played three matches to qualify for the main draw—the first Grand Slam main draw of her career—and she’ll play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova next.
• After rain delays caused their matches to be rescheduled, both No. 5-seed Kei Nishikori and No. 23 seed Jack Sock closed out the wins on Monday. Following two mid-match stoppages on Sunday, Nishikori came back to beat Simone Bolelli 6–1, 7–5, 6–3, while Sock returned to play a fifth set against Robin Haase, winning 6–3, 7–5, 3–6, 6–7, 6–2.
• No. 4-seed Garbine Muguruza needed three sets to defeat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 3–6, 6–3, 6–3 on Monday, while No. 6-seed Simona Halep cruised past Nao Hibino 6–2, 6–0 to advance.
• At the start of play, the tournament already cancelled 12 matches for the day: Cornet-Flipkens; Ivanovic-Dodin; Svitolina-Cirstea; Suarez Navarro-Siniakova; Jankovic-Maria; Rodionova-Konjuh; Zheng-Cibulkova; Cuevas-Kamke; Townsend-Hesse; Nara-Allertova; Wang-Andrianjafitrimo and Chung-Halys.
• More notable results: CoCo Vandeweghe d. Naomi Broady 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Irina-Camelia Begu d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands 5-7, 6-1, 6-3; Zarnia Diyas d. Carina Witthoeft 2-6, 6-4, 6-2; Johanna Larsson d. Magda Linette 6-3, 4-6, 7-5; Viktor Troicki d. Grigor Dimitrov 2–6, 6–3, 5–7, 7–5, 6–3; Milos Raonic d. Janko Tipsarevic 6–3, 6–2, 7-6(5); Taro Daniel d. Martin Klizan (retired in the 5th set) 3–6, 4–6, 7–5, 6–4, 3–0; Ivo Karlovic d. Albert Montanes 6–2, 7–6, 7–6; Barbora Strycova d. Lucie Hradecka 6–4, 7–5; Sloane Stephens d. Margarita Gasparyan 6-4, 6-3; Veronica Cepede Royg d. Sabine Lisicki 6-2, 6-2; Jeremy Chardy d. Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2; Svetlana Kuznetsova d. Yaroslava Shvedova 4-6, 6-1, 6-4; Heather Watson d. Nicole Gibbs 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
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