Muguruza downs Schiavone to begin title defence

Posted May 30, 2017

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.

Garbine Muguruza hailed the incredible longevity of Francesca Schiavone after defeating the veteran Italian in a first round battle of French Open champions.

The Spaniard has not made the final at any tournament since but appears to have come into some form again and saw off another former champion, 2010 victor Francesca Schiavone, 6-2 6-4.

After taking a 3-2 lead in the first set, the fourth-seeded Muguruza won 15 points in a row and broke Schiavone five times. "It's kind of - I don't want to say 'open, ' because everyone's really good, but - very competitive", Rogers said, "and there's not like that dominating force".

Asked if she could be back next year, Schiavone said: "Can be".

Men: Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x11) bt Stephane Robert (FRA) 6-2, 6-3, 6-4; Guillermo Garcia Lopez (ESP) bt Giles Muller (LUXx26) 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (7-2), 6-2, 6-2.

This year's women's singles draw at Roland Garros should be a wide open one, with any one of a number of players standing a good chance of victory.

Pliskova will bid to reach the third round at Roland Garros for the first time when she faces Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova. The German reached at least the quarterfinals of every Grand Slam she entered between the 1985 and 1996 US Opens except this match against McNeil, who lost in the semifinals.

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"I'm very happy to be back here after what happened previous year".

The 35-year-old Ferrer prevailed 5-7, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 13-11 and improved to 22-11 in five-set matches (6-1 at French Open).

No. 18 seed Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands recovered to beat Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic has taken the first two sets against Marcel Granollers, while nine-time champion Rafael Nadal has won the opening set of his match against Frenchman Benoit Paire, 6-1. But Djokovic split with those coaches, as well as other members of his entourage, hoping to regain the groove that made him the first man in almost a half-century to win four consecutive majors.

However, the 23-year-old doesn't believe she can emulate Schiavone, who turns 37 next month, in terms of a career spanning two decades.

Muguruza, who claimed the women's title previous year by upsetting Serena Williams in the final, plays first on Court Philippe Chatrier.

The match, however, is unlikely to draw thousands onto Court Philippe Chatrier, where proceedings usually open in front of a sparse crowd.