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Champion Muguruza survives Kontaveit scare

Vera Richards | 02 June, 2017, 01:01

"I felt better than in the first round, that's exactly what I wanted", he said.

Gabas was the umpire injured earlier this year when Denis Shapovalov smacked him in the eye with a ball hit in anger. "I was just hanging in there, being aggressive and waiting for my moment". I wish he was following along. "I knew that if I insisted with my strategy I could succeed", Muguruza said. "Just so emotional. It's hard to describe. And gave me the strength to finish it off".

"But I feel good and happy that I am back". Last year, he withdrew from the tournament ahead of his third-round match because of a wrist injury.

"But out there, I wasn't really thinking today, "oh, I'm defending champ".

Novak Djokovic stormed into the last 32 on Wednesday as he aims to become the first man in the Open era to win each Grand Slam twice while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga crashed out after suffering a four-set loss to Renzo Olivo.

The second-seeded Serb will next face Diego Schwartzman.

Steve Johnson advanced to the third round of the French Open by beating Borna Coric 6-2, 7-6 (8), 3-6, 7-6 (6).

Garbine Muguruza defeats Francesca Schiavone in her first round match.

After cruising past Francesca Schiavone in straight sets in round one, the Spaniard faced more of a challenge as she recovered from a set down to beat Anett Kontaveit 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-2 on Wednesday.

Sixth seed Dominic Thiem charged into round three with a routine win over Simone Bolelli, sweeping the Italian aside 7-5, 6-1, 6-3.

The American, however, kept her cool and watched asKvitova surrendered on match point with her ninth double fault.

"She was just playing good, a lot of confidence".

Mattek-Sands, who is back in the third round for the first time since 2013, will next face Samantha Stosur.

Their match was suspended because of darkness on Tuesday with the 12th-seeded Frenchman trailing 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 5-4.

Olivo served for the match yesterday but a burly Tsonga had broken back to keep his hopes alive. Olivo converted the next one with a forehand crosscourt victor and to win 6-4.

"I'm sorry for Tsonga".

"I am glad it was not taken away from me to be there one more time". "I slept for a few hours".

"She was very quiet, very relaxed, and I had to calm down".

Kvitova, who had struggled with her returns despite the American getting less than half of her first serves in, pulled herself together and rallied back from 3-1 down to force another tie-break.

The win makes her the oldest woman to reach the third round at the French Open since Billie-Jean King in 1982, .

The 10th-seeded Williams, a runner-up in Paris in 2002, trailed 3-1 in the opening set but then won seven consecutive games. "You never stop learning and that's what I love about the game".

There was also an unexpected visitor at the French Open, Serena Williams.

The clay courts of Roland Garros host the second Grand Slam of the season. Williams found a seat in the shade at Court Philippe Chatrier during her older sister Venus' match against Nara.

With Kerber out of the mix and American Serena Williams missing this year's tournament, the defending champion stands to benefit from their absences.

"I think I was a little bit nervous when I started off, because I knew she was going to be a tough opponent". He will now play Briton Kyle Edmund in the second round.

The first Wednesday at Roland Garros is traditionally known as kids' day.

Rafael Nadal's quest for an incredible 10th Roland Garros title continues later against Dutchman Robin Haase later.

She whipped in a series of ferocious forehand winners while also frustrating the Czech, constantly forcing her to the net with her dropshots to win the first set with a tiebreak.

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