Defending champion Muguruza in 2nd round of French Open

Ruben Hill
May 30, 2017

Another 30-year-old, tiny Sara Errani-rather like compatriot Schiavone-had suffered a slip in form and rankings to 91, but she too has scored some of her best wins at Roland Garros.

Kristina Mladenovic has been one of the standout players of 2017 and arrived in Paris with ambitions of becoming the first French victor of a singles title at Roland Garros since Mary Pierce in 2000.

Wozniacki, who appeared to be carrying the after-effects of a lower back injury that forced her to retire during last week's Strasbourg tournament, pulled away towards the end of a testy encounter, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in just over two hours.

Now ranked third, Pliskova will need to produce her best tennis on one of her least favourite surfaces, but just like the rest of her rivals, she will be eyeing this year's wide open draw with a genuine sense of belief that she could go all the way. "I like to take my chances and be aggressive and today that wasn't going to be different". That's to tell you how bad this was.

The German opens with a tricky first-round tie against fellow left-hander and former top-10 player Ekaterina Makarova. And especially on the serve.

"Mladenovic has a had a great claycourt season and I think she will not be intimidated paying in Paris at all".

"I think this is hard", Kerber said.

The 24-year-old said: "It's nothing risky and bad, and it can release in couple of hours or a couple of days".

"I'm positive about my conditioning on Wednesday. I see Venus here, and I say, 'Wow, this is a big example for everybody'".

Simona Halep, the Romanian who is regarded as the leading contender, was asked for her opinion on who the favourites are for the second Grand Slam of the year.

The Spaniard beat Serena Williams in the final 12 months ago and began her title defence with a 6-2 6-4 win over Francesca Schiavone.

"I'm happy that I managed to play, to be kind of composed out there", Muguruza said afterward.

- The last 16 women who won the first set of the Roland Garros final have gone on to win the match. "I'm going to try to use the time spent with him as best as I can, as best as we can".

"Oh, how I wish I could think about things the way Roger does - make some calculations and decide, 'Play a little, then don't play.' He is a genius", she said.

However, Jankovic had some way to go to match another woman with some real French Open credentials, and a 61-match Major run, Francesca Schiavone. That's what brings me confidence.

If Novak Djokovic was hoping to take a little pressure and attention off himself after some rough results, he might very well have found the flawless way to do that by adding Andre Agassi as a coaching consultant of sorts for the French Open.

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