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French Open 2016, Day 5 as it happned: Serena Williams breezes into third round, Tsonga stages comeback

Nikhila Makker May 26, 2016 21:20:44 IST
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French Open 2016, Day 5 as it happned: Serena Williams breezes into third round, Tsonga stages comeback

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May 26, 2016 - 22:29 (IST)

May 26, 2016 - 22:17 (IST)

What a comeback! Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rallies from two sets down, defeats Marcos Baghdatis 6-7, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

May 26, 2016 - 21:05 (IST)

No. 1 Serena Williams rolls past Teliana Pereira 6-2, 6-1 into the third round.

Serena has spent just two hours on court in her two rounds so far. Clinical. 

May 26, 2016 - 20:56 (IST)

Men's Second Round:

Novak Djokovic (SRB #1) bt Steve Darcis (BEL) 7-5, 6-3, 6-4

Aljaz Bedene (GBR) bt Pablo Carreno-Busta (ESP) 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-2

Borna Coric (CRO) bt Bernard Tomic (AUS #20) 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (8/6)

Roberto Bautista (ESP #14) bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-1

Pablo Cuevas (URU #25) bt Quentin Halys (FRA) 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 7-6 (8/6)

Tomas Berdych (CZE #7) bt Malek Jaziri (TUN) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Rafael Nadal (ESP #4) bt Facundo Bagnis (ARG) 6-3, 6-0, 6-3

Dominic Thiem (AUT #13) bt Guillermo García-López (ESP) 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3)

Ernests Gulbis (LAT) bt João Sousa (POR x26) 6-2, 7-5, 6-3

Women's Second Round:

Ana Ivanovic (SRB #14) bt Kurumi Nara (JPN) 7-5, 6-1

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP #12) bt Wang Qiang (CHN) 6-1, 6-3

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK #22) bt Ana Konjuh (CRO) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0

Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER #28) 6-2, 6-2

Karin Knapp (ITA) bt Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 6-3, 6-4

Kiki Bertens (NED) bt Camila Giorgi (ITA) 6-4, 6-1

Pauline Parmentier (FRA) bt Irina Falconi (USA) 6-3, 6-1

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI #8) bt Eugénie Bouchard (CAN) 6-4, 6-4

May 26, 2016 - 20:04 (IST)

Top seed Novak Djokovic eased into the third round of the French Open, defeating Belgian veteran Steve Darcis 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.

It was the Serb's 50th win at Roland Garros and he will next go up against Slovenia-born Briton Aljaz Bedene who edged Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain in a five-set thriller 7/6 (7/4), 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-2.

May 26, 2016 - 18:43 (IST)

Rafael Nadal became just the eighth man to win 200 Grand Slam matches when he defeated Argentina's Facundo Bagnis to reach the last 32.

Nadal, 29, dropped the first two games against the world number 99 but then won 18 of the next 22 to ease through 6-3, 6-0, 6-3.

He next plays either Spanish compatriot Marcel Granollers or Nicolas Mahut of France.

May 26, 2016 - 18:01 (IST)

Scores update from around the grounds at Roland Garros:

Men Second Round:

Pablo Cuevas (URU #25) bt Quentin Halys (FRA) 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 7-6 (8/6)

Tomas Berdych (CZE #7) bt Malek Jaziri (TUN) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Ernests Gulbis (LAT) bt João Sousa (POR x26) 6-2, 7-5, 6-3

Women Second Round:

Ana Ivanovic (SRB 314) bt Kurumi Nara (JPN) 7-5, 6-1

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP #12) bt Wang Qiang (CHN) 6-1, 6-3

Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER #28) 6-2, 6-2

Karin Knapp (ITA) bt Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 6-3, 6-4

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI #8) bt Eugénie Bouchard (CAN) 6-4, 6-4

May 26, 2016 - 17:57 (IST)

 After dropping the first game, Nadal has been in complete control. He leads 6-3, 6-0, 2-1.

May 26, 2016 - 16:58 (IST)

2010 semi-finalist Tomas Berdych is through to the third round of the French Opne for the 6th time after defeating Jaziri 6-1, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

May 26, 2016 - 16:46 (IST)

Rafael Nadal has started his second round on Court Phillipe-Chatrier but he's dropped his very first service game. 

Preview: World number one Novak Djokovic will go 'shark' hunting at the French Open on Thursday as he looks to seal a place in the last 32.

Djokovic, seeking to take a step closer to a first Roland Garros title and complete the career Grand Slam, faces Belgian qualifier Steve Darcis whose nickname is 'The Shark'.

Darcis, 32, had to qualify for the tournament but he does have Grand Slam pedigree having dumped Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon in 2013.

French Open 2016 Day 5 as it happned Serena Williams breezes into third round Tsonga stages comeback

Serena Williams celebrates during the second round match at French Open. Getty Images

The Belgian veteran is also keen to cause a shock and dedicate victory to former coach Julien Hoferlin who died of cancer in April at the age of 49.

"I think about him every day, when I train, before playing a match," said Darcis.

"It's not easy not easy not having him on my side. It's not easy not being able to send him a message the day before an important match.

"It's tough. But whether it's for my family, my relatives, for him, I have to do my very best. That's what I'm doing."

Djokovic, a three-time runner-up in the last four years, eased through his first round with a straight sets win over Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun.

He holds a 2-0 career advantage over Darcis and when told he was to face Darcis again, he smilingly said: "I like sharks!"

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal, the fourth seed, was equally untroubled in his first round against big-serving Sam Groth, dropping just three games.

He tackles Argentina's Facundo Bagnis, the 26-year-old world number 99 who also reached the second round on debut last year.

Defending women's champion Serena Williams continues her campaign to win a 22nd Grand Slam title and equal the record set by Steffi Graf.

The 34-year-old top seed faces world number 81 Teliana Pereira of Brazil who has never got beyond the second round of a Grand Slam.

Venus Williams follows her sister on Court Suzanne Lenglen against American compatriot Louisa Chirico.

The 20-year-old Chirico, ranked at 78 in the world, came through qualifying and won her first match at the Grand Slam level by beating fellow American Lauren Davis in the opening round.

Elsewhere, the 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic faces Japan's Kurumi Nara while former Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard of Canada tackles eighth seed Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland.

Bacsinszky reached the semi-finals in Paris last year having once taken a break from the sport to work in a hotel.

(with inputs from AFP)

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