French Open 2016, Day 1 as it happened: Rain plays dampener, only 10 matches completed

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French Open 2016, Day 1 as it happened: Rain plays dampener, only 10 matches completed
  • 22:17 (IST)

    That's it for today from Roland Garros! Hope you enjoyed Day 1 of our French Open 2016 coverage. Make sure you follow along tomorrow as well. smiley

  • 22:16 (IST)

    Scores from around Roland Garros: 

    Kei Nishikori (5) leads Simone Bolleli 6-1, 7-5, 2-1

    Svetlana Kuznetsova (13) leads Yaroslava Shvedova 4-6, 6-1, 3-1

    Jack Sock (23) leads Robin Haase 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-7(3)

    Nicole Gibbs leads Heather Watson 7-5, 2-6, 2-1

    Dustin Brown leads Dudi Sela 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(5), 1-1

    Aliaksandra Sasnovich leads Cagla Buyukakcay 7-5, 6-7(2), 2-1

  • 22:07 (IST)

    Rain brought an early finish to play on the first day of the French Open on Sunday with only 10 of the scheduled 32 matches completed.

    Almost three hours was lost in the afternoon at a chilly Roland Garros before play resumed.

    However, after just 30 minutes of further action, the rain returned and a stoppage for the night was called.

  • 22:06 (IST)

    Play cancelled for the day deu to rain! That's all the action from Day 1 at Roland Garros.

  • 21:52 (IST)

    The finalist from last year is looking in great form! 

  • 21:36 (IST)

    Scores update:

    Former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova has made a fantastic comeback in the second set after dropping the first. The rain break seems to have done her wonders. The Russian is leading 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 against Yaroslava Shvedova.

    On the men's side, 5th seed Kei Nishikori has taken a two-set lead over Italian Simone Bolleli. 6-1, 7-5.

  • 21:33 (IST)

    Now this is a sight for sore eyes! Play to resume soon. 

  • 21:09 (IST)

    Now this is a sight for sore eyes! Play to resume soon. 

  • 21:00 (IST)

    There's some good news after all! Covers are coming off, courts are being dried and we will finally have some tennis!

  • 20:10 (IST)

    Here's hoping that the skies clear up and we get some tennis on these courts!

  • 20:09 (IST)

    Things are looking quite gloomy at Roland Garros. Such a damp start to French Open.

  • 20:05 (IST)

    Rain update!

    The matches scheduled last for the day are now being cancelled as it continues to pour at Roland Garros. No live play before 9 PM IST. 

  • 19:24 (IST)

    The rain is really putting a dampener on our spirits. sad

  • 18:37 (IST)

    Oh dear! It's pouring in Paris and play has been suspended for now!

    Here's what the scores looked like before play was called off:

    Fifth seed Kei Nishikori has a comfortable 6-1, 5-4 lead over Simeone Bolleli.

    Last year's finalist, Lucie Safarova, bagelled Vitalia Diatchenko! 6-0 in 23 minutes. 

    Meanwhile, former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova dropped the first but was building a comeback against Yaroslava Shvedova before the rain came down. 4-6, 3-0.

  • 17:47 (IST)

    First five-setter of the day!

    Benoit Paire of France wins his first round match in 5 sets for the second straight year, defeating qualifier Radu Albot 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. He will face Teymuraz Gabashvili in the next round.

  • 17:32 (IST)

    Volatile Australian Nick Kyrgios overcame a first set code violation to defeat Italy's Marco Cecchinato 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 to reach the French Open second round on Sunday.

    The 17th seeded Kyrgios picked up a warning for screaming at a ball boy on a chilly Court One at Roland Garros.

    But he recovered his composure to see off world number 124 Cecchinato and set up a second round clash against Dutch lucky loser Igor Sisjling.

    Kyrgios, 21, fired 16 aces and 50 winners on his way to victory.

  • 17:20 (IST)

    Australian Nick Kyrgios also wins!

    He overcomes a tricky Cecchinato 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6), 6-4 in two hours 22 minutes. Faces lucky loser Igor Sijsling next

  • 17:19 (IST)

    From earlier today: 

    Russian 24th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was the first player into the French Open second round on Sunday thanks to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Spanish qualifier Sara Sorribes Tormo.

    Pavlyuchenkova will face either Turkey's Cagla Buyukakcay or Aliksandra Sasnovich of Belraus for a spot in round three.

  • 17:07 (IST)

    Phew! That was some escape. At one point, Petra Kvitova was just two points away from exiting French Open, but she fought back to survive and progress to round two!

  • 16:58 (IST)

    Petra Kvitova finds a couple of big winners & breaks back to stay alive. 5-all. Clutch play! 

  • 16:53 (IST)

    Upset brewing? 

  • 16:33 (IST)

    What a split!

  • 16:32 (IST)

    Nick Kyrgios takes a two-set lead in his match after a sloppy tie-break. 7-6, 7-6. 

  • 16:28 (IST)

    Meanwhile, on Court Phillipe-Chatrier, 10th seed Petra Kvitova was in command 6-2, 3-0 but is now into a third set against Danka Kovinic. Return of P3tra at Roland Garros? 

  • 16:01 (IST)

    And we have our first win of the day! 24th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeats Sara Sorribes Tormo, 62 60 to move to the second round. Very quick win for the Russian! 

  • 15:52 (IST)

    Nick Kyrgios has taken the first set in a tie-break! But it wasn't without drama. Kyrgios got a warning for yelling at a ballkid. He was not happy. Kyrgios said his code violation was "bullshit", adding if Djokovic didn't get a violation in Rome for touching the umpire, he shouldn't have.

  • 15:39 (IST)

  • 15:38 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Day 1 of the French Open! After a damp start, play is finally under way across courts at Roland Garros. Stay tuned for regular updates and scores. 

Preview: It's Day 1 of the second grand slam of the season!

Here's a look at some of the most exciting matches on the opening day.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova from the Czech republic, the 10th seed, gets the tournament under way on the main Chatrier court at 11:00 am (02:20 IST) Sunday against Danka Kovinic of Montenegro.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia. Getty Images

Nick Kyrgios of Australia. Getty Images

Also in action are 2014 runner-up and sixth seed Simona Halep against Nao Hibino of Japan while 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova plays Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.

Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, who is the fourth seed in the women's draw, starts against a tough first round opponent, Anna Karolina. Schmiedlova is 21 and ranked at 37 in the world. One of her two career titles came on clay in Bucharest last year. She made the third round in Paris in 2014, defeating Venus Williams in the second round before falling to Muguruza. The Spaniard triumphed again on clay in Madrid in April.

Canadian Milos Ranoic, seeded eighth thanks to Roger Federer's withdrawal, plays Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic on Suzanne-Lenglen Court.

On the men's side, Japan's fifth seed Kei Nishikori, who has yet to get past the quarter-finals, plays Italian veteran Simone Bolelli in the second match.


Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios, seeded 17, takes on Italy's Marco Cecchinato.

Order of Play:

Court Philippe Chatrier: (2:30 P IST start)

Danka Kovinic (MNE) v Petra Kvitova (CZE x10)

Kei Nishikori (JPN x5) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP x4)


Jeremy Chardy (FRA x30) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

Court Suzanne-Lenglen (2:30 P IST start)

Radu Albot (MDA) v Benoit Paire (FRA x19)

Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) v Lucie Safarova (CZE x11)

Milos Raonic (CAN x8) v Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)

Simona Halep (ROM x6) v Nao Hibino (JPN)

Court 1 (2:30 P IST start)

Nick Kyrgios (AUS x17) v Marco Cecchinato (ITA)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x13) v Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)

Karolina Pliskova (CZE x17) v Shelby Rogers (USA)

John Isner (USA x15) v John Millman (AUS)


Published Date: May 22, 2016 10:07 pm | Updated Date: May 22, 2016 10:17 pm



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