French Open Day 1 & 2: Defending champion Wawrinka overcomes scare, Kvitova battles through

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka overcame a major scare in his opening match at the French Open as the Swiss man overcame Czech Lukas Rosol in a five-set thriller.

59th seed Rosol took a surprise lead against last year’s champion and as Wawrinka levelled it up, Rosol went back in front again before the third seed kicked into gear and pulled through with a 4-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory to avoid a shock first round exit.

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka narrowly avoided a shock first round exit image: matchforecaster.com

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka narrowly avoided a shock first round exit
image: matchforecaster.com

However, there was a shock on the cards as former US Open champion Marin Cilic as Marco Trungelliti stunned the tenth seed 7-6 (7/4) 3-6 6-4 6-2 to send the Croatian packing.

Kei Nishikori bagged his spot in the next round as the fifth seed encountered little difficulty in his 6-1 7-5 6-3 win over Simone Bolelli of Italy, while Frenchman Gilles Simon overcame a first set tie-breaker to see off Brazil’s Rogerio Dutra Silva 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 6-3.

Another Frenchman Richard Gasquet eased into the second round as they ninth seed enjoyed a 6-1 6-3 6-4 victory over Brazilian Thomasz Bellucci, while Spaniard Fernando Verdasco also had an easy 7-5 6-4 7-5 straight sets win over USA’s Steve Johnson.

Canadian Milos Raonic also got over the first hurdle as the eight seed beat the spirited Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-3 6-2 7-6 (7/5), while another Serbian Viktor Troicki overcame Grigor Dimitrov in a hard-fought 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-3 win over the Bulgarian.

Australian Nick Kyrgios booked his place in the next round with hard-fought 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 victory over Italy’s Marco Cecchinato but it didn’t go down without controversy as Kyrgios found himself in hot-water after another confrontation with the umpire.

In women’s action, Petra Kvitova survived a major scare to reach the second round of the French Open as the tenth seed had to dig deep to seal victory over Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic.

The two-time Wimbledon champion was cruising with a set and 3-0 up in second before Kovinic forced the match into a decider, but Kvitova managed to keep her composure and come through with a hard-fought 6-2 4-6 7-5 win.

Petra Kvitova overcame a sacre on a rain hit opening day at Roland Garros image: sportalnz.gearbox.performgroup.com

Petra Kvitova overcame a scare on a rain hit opening day at Roland Garros
image: sportalnz.gearbox.performgroup.com

It was all too easy for second seed Agnieszka Radwanska as she cruised past Serbian Bojana Jokanovski 6-0 6-2, while Simona Halep also had an easy day at the office with a 6-2 6-0 win over Japan’s Nao Hibino.

Last year’s runner-up, Lucie Safarova cruised past Russia Vitalia Diatchenko 6-0 6-2 to reach the second round and Barbora Strycova overcame little difficulty to reach the second round with a 6-4 7-5 win over fellow Czech woman Lucie Hradecka

Britain’s Heather Watson came from a set down to beat American Nicole Gibbs 5-7 6-2 6-2 in their rain-delayed match, while it was also the case for Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza who saw off Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 3-6 6-3 6-3.

However, US Open finalist Robert Vinci is out of the tournament after Ukraine’s Kateryna Bondarenko sent the Italian packing with a 6-1 6-3 win, while 16th seed Sara Errani also departs Roland Garros after a 3-6 2-6 defeat to Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.

You can check out more results from the opening two days at the French open at this link.

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