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Nadal, Serena, Novak Start Title Quest Today

Posted: May 26, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

World number one Serena Williams, men’s nine-time champion art Roland Garros, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic all scheduled to begin their title chase on Tuesday.

Serena will play Andrea Hlavácková (CZE), while Novak Djokovic will start his title quest against Jarkko Nieminen (FIN). Rafael nadal will play Quentin Halys (FRA).

Fourteenth-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska’s slump also continued as the former world number two succumbed 6-2 3-6 6-1 to Germany’s Annika Beck to become the highest women’s seed to exit so far.

Overcast conditions greeted home favourite Alize Cornet for the start of the action and despite a sparse lunchtime crowd she treated the home fans who had taken their seats to a comeback win against Roberta Vinci.

The French number one, saddled with the pressure of trying to provide a home winner for the first time since Mary Pierce in 2000, looked on course for a fifth consecutive defeat by Vinci before recovering to win 4-6 6-4 6-1.

She was relieved to avoid the same fate as her Fed Cup team mate Caroline Garcia who lost in the first round on Sunday.

Garcia had seemed nervous about playing on Chatrier court but not so Cornet.

“I was really glad that this court was chosen for me today,” the 29th seed. “The ambience on this court is amazing.

“I think that’s why I could actually come back in this match, because the people were behind me. It’s just a great atmosphere in this court.”