Muguruza begins French Open defence with win over Schiavone

Czech Petra Kvitova attends a press conference. File

Muguruza lost to Kontaveit at Stuttgart in April, although the Estonian is through to the second round of a Grand Slam for just the second time. With the 23-time Grand Slam champion expecting a baby in a few months, the draw is ripe for the taking.

Amazingly enough, Hingis lost eight 6-0 sets as the No. 1 player in the world.

Trailing 0-40 on his serve in the final game, Djokovic won the next five points and sealed the match with a service victor. "I knew at some point she was going to come up with some great shots". "I am learning something every day".

Spaniard Muguruza, who won her maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros previous year, swept aside 2010 champion Schiavone 6-2, 6-4 on Monday. Other seeded men advancing included No. 5 Milos Raonic, No. 7 Marin Cilic and No. 10 David Goffin, while No. 14 Jack Sock, the top-ranked US man, and No. 31 Gilles Simon - both in Nadal's section of the draw - plus No. 32 Mischa Zverev all lost.

The Spaniard outclassed the skilful Italian with her poise and power in muggy conditions.

Petra Kvitova is a "warrior" for making a winning comeback at the French Open six months after being attacked in her own apartment, according to Victoria Azarenka. Goerges went down blazing - she hit 79 winners but 90 unforced errors.

"I don't see myself playing at 36 with that shape".

"I think Francesca is a legend".

That is when Schiavone's game fell into place. "She has an aggressive game too", Muguruza said.

Zverev, coming off a title at the Italian Open, dropped the first set 6-4 then took the second 6-3. Serving for the set, she slid an ace for 30-0, rapped a forehand victor for triple-set point and snatched the 33-minute opener on a Schiavone error.

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Despite the defeat, Fourlis walked off to a standing ovation. It's the latest in a string of early exits for Kerber, who reached her first three major finals in 2016.

Czech Karolina Pliskova will start against China's Saisai Zheng and may compete against Briton Johanna Konta in the quarterfinals.

Raonic of Canada raced into round two with a routine 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Steve Darcis.

It took Mladenovic almost three hours to win 3-6, 6-3, 9-7.

Sugita had rallied from two sets down when play was suspended on Monday because of darkness, with the Japanese player leading 4-2 in the fourth set. Discipline, and the work behind it, because it's not just about a match of 1 hour, 40 minutes - there is a ton of preparation.

Four successive breaks of serve followed before Makarova saved seven break points in the crucial eighth game to complete a stunning win.

Makarova's take when informed of the history made by her victory?

Rafael Nadal's search for an unprecedented 10th title at the French Open got off to a winning start as he beat Benoit Paire of France in straight sets.

French federation president Bernard Giudicelli, however, felt Mathieu's past heroics did not merit a wildcard entry into the 2017 main draw.

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