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French Open 2016, Day 3 as it happened: Serena, Nadal race into second round; Azarenka retires from Roland Garros

Nikhila Makker May 25, 2016 01:55:36 IST
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French Open 2016, Day 3 as it happened: Serena, Nadal race into second round; Azarenka retires from Roland Garros

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May 24, 2016 - 22:49 (IST)

Victoria Azarenka finally gives up. The 5th seed retires down 3-6, 7-6, 0-4 against Karin Knapp. 

May 24, 2016 - 22:40 (IST)

World number one Serena Willaims will start her French Open 2016 campaign shortly!

May 24, 2016 - 22:28 (IST)

Labouring but battling, Victoria Azarenka saves a match point and wins second set tie-break vs. Karin Knapp as they head into a decider. 

May 24, 2016 - 22:27 (IST)

Home favourite Jo Wilfried-Tsonga, seeded 6th, wins 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 against Jan-Lennard Struff.

May 24, 2016 - 22:17 (IST)

Gutsy stuff from Azarenka as she forces a tie-break. Can she hobble her way to the third set? 

May 24, 2016 - 22:12 (IST)

Things not going well for the number five seed. 

May 24, 2016 - 21:54 (IST)

Update on Azarenka's injury. She held her service after the medical timeout. 

May 24, 2016 - 21:53 (IST)

#11 David Ferrer is through to the second round with a comfortable 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 win over Russian Evengy Donskoy.

May 24, 2016 - 21:43 (IST)

#5 Victoria Azarenka, down 3-6, 3-3 to Karin Knapp, stops mid-game and limps to her chair. She is having lots of trouble with the right knee, in tears as she takes a time out. 

May 24, 2016 - 21:28 (IST)

Another player having beef with the chair umpire! We seem to be having way too many of these moments at the French Open this year. 

Preview: It's Day 3 at Roland Garros and, after two rain-soaked days, the forecast is far more favourable than what it's been so far.

All the big guns will be in action today, starting with Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber. The German may have a tough first round against Kiki Bertens, who last week won a clay title in Nuremberg. Serena Williams starts her campaign for a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. Belarusian Victoria Zarenka, who is in the same quarter as Serena, faces Italian Karin Knapp.

French Open 2016 Day 3 as it happened Serena Nadal race into second round Azarenka retires from Roland Garros

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns in his first round match of the French Open. AP

Former champions Ana Ivanovic (2008) and Francesca Schiavone (2010) are both in first-round action, while seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams, a 2002 runner-up in Paris, opens against Estonia's Anett Kontaveit.

On the men's side, world number one Novak Djokovic plays Lu Yen-Hsun on Court Phillipe-Chatrier while Rafael Nadal starts off against Australian Sam Groth on Court Suzanne-Lenglen. Andy Murray, who was left trailing last night after fading light suspended play, will resume in the fourth set against Radek Stepanek. The world number two will resume on Tuesday trailing 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 4-2 after fighting back against the oldest player in the draw.

Order of play on show courts at the French Open at Roland Garros on Tuesday:

Court Philippe Chatrier (02:30 PM IST)

Angelique Kerber (GER #3) v Kiki Bertens (NED)

To be completed

Radek Stepanek (CZE) leads Andy Murray (GBR #2) 6-3, 6-3, 0-6, 2-4

Novak Djokovic (SRB #1) v Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE)

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA #6)

Serena Williams (USA #1) v Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)

Court Suzanne-Lenglen (02:30 PM IST)

Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v Kristina Mladenovic (FRA x26)

Rafael Nadal (ESP #4) v Sam Groth (AUS)

Oceane Dodin (FRA) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB #14)

David Ferrer (ESP #11) v Evgeny Donskoy (RUS)

Court 1 (02:30 PM IST)

Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Tomas Berdych (CZE #7)

To finish:

Lucas Pouille (FRA #29) leads Julien Benneteau (FRA) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Venus Williams (USA #9) v Anett Kontaveit (EST)

Karin Knapp (ITA) v Victoria Azarenka (BLR #5)

David Goffin (BEL #12) v Gregoire Barrere (FRA)

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