India's leading doubles players Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza began their US Open campaigns with victories in their respective events, albeit, in contrasting fashion.
After winning her first grand slam at Roland Garros, Garbine Muguruza meekly capitulated at Wimbledon 2016 in the second round, also experiencing early elimination at the Rio Olympics and the US Open.
With the women’s game still trying to cope without an obvious leader, Muguruza was always one of the contenders. She had the credentials: a game defined by flat and furious shot-making that is so effective on grass and a final appearance in 2015.
World No 1 Andy Murray, the runner-up to Novak Djokovic last year, tackles fiery Martin Klizan of Slovakia for a place in the third round at the French Open 2017.
Simona Halep, the 2014 runner-up at Roland Garros, earlier this week rated her chances of being fit for Paris as "50-50".
Second seed Garbine Muguruza, gunning to add the Wimbledon crown to her French Open title, was sensationally beaten in the second round on Thursday by a Slovakian qualifier, removing one of the biggest obstacles to Serena Williams defending her title.