Out on Court 13, up-and-comer Casper Ruud leads former up-and-comer Ernests Gulbis 5-2. Gulbis is one of those players you wonder about - could he have been better with a different mindset - until you remember that mindset is literally part of what we’re measuring and its own specific skill.
Muguruza and Kerber have both broken straight back. On Court 1, Martic (31) leads Jabeur 6-1 1-0, with a break.
“Really fancy Bertens for this,” tweets Jack Danial. She’s improved loads lately, and it’d be great to see her nab one now that Halep’s sorted. The truth is, I’ve not a scooby what’ll happen in the women’s - it’s got to be the least predictable sport in the world, maybe ever. I’ll be interested to see what happened if Sloane Stephens gets it going.
On Lenglen, Cilic, seeded 11, has broken Fabbiano. He leads 3-2.
Meanwhile, Potapova has broken Kerber again. It’s 4-2 there too.
Townsend forces two break points - Muguruza doesn’t look especially comfortable out there - but both are saved, though Townsend curses herself after going wide a forehand pass down the line. No matter: she quickly forces another, and this time Muguruza swipes a backhand wide. Muguruza 2-4 Townsend.
Well that didn’t last long. Kerber breaks back, but then from 40-15 is hauled back to deuce. A booming forehand and clean-up smash brings her level.
It’s 1-1 between Townsend and Muguruza; during change of ends, Townsend consulted notes. I’m not sure if they were tactical, motivational, or from Roger Mellie’s Profanisaurus.
On Chatrier, Anastasia Potapova has broken Angelique Kerber, the number 5 seed, immediately. Keep em peeled.
Why has Muguruza only won two majors? Women’s tennis has never been more open, and yet. At 25, she’s got time, and her top level is better than almost everyone’s.
Opening up on the new court - “this wonderful new oasis of an arena”, reckons the impartial Roland Garros website - we’ve got a potential jazzer. Garbine Muguruza, seeded 19 and champion in 2016, has just started against Taylor Townsend, a talented lefty with potter’s hands.
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We’ve got a pretty decent day in store for us here. The biggest match, third on the glorious new Court Simonne-Mathieu, features Elina Svitolina and Venus Williams, but we’ve also got Angelique Kerber, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roger Federer, Karolina Pliskova, Sloane Stephens, Marin Cilic, Kei Nishilori, Garbine Muguruza et plus.Continue reading...