Djokovic moves into the semi-finals – the final against Nadal is close

The world number one Novak Djokovic has reached the semifinals at the French Open for the tenth time. The twelve-time winner Rafael Nadal is also in the semifinals. All information in the news blog.

The French Open of tennis professionals began in Paris on Sunday under strict hygiene and safety requirements. Unlike the previous US Open in New York, spectators are admitted to the Grand Slam tournament in the French capital. 1,000 visitors are allowed to visit the facility every day.

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++ Day 10 in Paris ++

Djokovic for the tenth time in the semi-finals of the French Open

Novak Djokovic reached the semi-finals of the French Open with some effort. The world number one was faced with major problems in a duel with Pablo Carreno Busta, but found a way to 4: 6, 6: 2, 6: 3, 6: 4. At the start of the match it looked like it could be very close for Djokovic again against the Spaniard.

At the US Open, Djokovic was disqualified in the round of 16 against Carreno Busta because he hit a linesman in the neck with an uncontrollably devious ball. It was Djokovic’s only defeat this year with 36 wins. In Paris, the 2016 champion is still hoping for his 18th Grand Slam title, and can cope with the first loss of a set in this tournament. Djokovic meets Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals.

Djokovic picked himself up after a rough first sentence. He took a break from treatment for problems with his left upper arm and seemed to feel more comfortable on the field afterwards. Carreno Busta, on the other hand, was completely out of the rhythm, which he found again at times in the third movement. The fourth round was hard fought.

Nadal after winning the 100th game in the semi-finals of the French Open

With the 98th victory in his 100th French Open match, Rafael Nadal has reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros. The 34-year-old tennis professional from Spain decided the quarter-finals against 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 4, 6: 1 on Wednesday morning.

Sinner had won against Alexander Zverev from Hamburg in the previous round. The twelve-time Paris champion Nadal will face the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman in the fight for a place in the final.

Thiem fails in marathon match

US Open champion Dominic Thiem surprisingly failed in a high-class marathon match in the quarter-finals of the French Open. The third seeded Austrian, who was defeated by record winner Rafael Nadal in the last two years, lost in the round of eight after 5:08 hours against the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman (No. 12) 6: 7 (1: 7), 7: 5, 7: 6 (8: 6), 6: 7 (5: 7), 2: 6.

Thiem missed his fifth semi-final in a row in Paris. Right from the start he had a lot of trouble with Schwartzman, who had fought Nadal on clay at the Masters in Rome. The 28-year-old from Buenos Aires secured the first set in the tiebreak – then a clay court battle developed on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Only after 3:24 hours Thiem managed to lead the 2: 1 set after a nerve-wracking third round. When the score was 4: 5 in the fourth set, Thiem initially fended off three set balls, but was then forced into the fifth set in the tie-break.

In addition to the twelve-time French Open winner Nadal (Spain) and world number one Novak Djokovic (Serbia), Thiem was one of the absolute top favorites in Paris. Nadal’s duel with the Italian Jannik Sinner, who defeated Germany’s top player Alexander Zverev (Hamburg) in the round of 16, was scheduled for Tuesday evening. In the match, Schwartzman’s opponent in the semi-final is determined.

Podoroska makes history – Polish woman in the semi-finals

The Argentine Nadia Podoroska made history at the French Open. The 23-year-old made it into the semi-finals as the first qualifier at the tournament in Roland Garros since the beginning of the Open Era in 1968. Podoroska defeated the clearly favored Ukrainian Elina Switolina (No. 3) on Tuesday 6: 2, 6: 4.

In the semi-finals, Podoroska, number 131 in the world, will meet the 19-year-old Polish Iga Swiatek, who beat Martina Trevisan from Italy 6: 3, 6: 1. Swiatek stays in the tournament without losing a set, she also clearly defeated the top seeded Romanian Simona Halep.

Investigation into possible betting fraud

French law enforcement agencies have started proceedings over possible betting fraud at the French Open. This was reported by the AFP news agency on Tuesday. Fraud in an organized group of perpetrators and active and passive corruption were cited as possible offenses.

Specifically, it is about the first round match in doubles between the Romanian duo Andreea Mitu / Patricia Maria Tig and Jana Sisikowa / Madison Brengle (Russia / USA), who were successful 7: 6, 6: 4, on September 30th. According to several reports, large sums of money are said to have been bet on the fifth game of the second set; Sisikowa lost the affected service game to zero.

German doubles reached semi-finals

Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies made it through to the semi-finals of the French Open. The German duo won in two sets (6: 4, 6: 4) against Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski from Great Britain. A year ago, Krawietz and Mies surprisingly won the title in Paris. This year they are placed at number eight.

After 1:39 hours, Krawietz / Mies used their fifth match ball on the Suzanne-Lenglen court. After they had to fight hard in the previous round and fend off three match points against the French duo Benjamin Bonzi and Antoine Hoang in the third set, they played confidently and confidently against the older brother of the two-time Wimbledon winner Andy Murray and his partner Skupski from the first rally .

In the semifinals, the duo will face either Wesley Koolhof / Nikola Mektic (Netherlands / Croatia / No. 9) or Nicholas Monroe / Tommy Paul (USA).

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French Open: Tennis professional Altmaier missed the quarter-finals in Paris

The German tennis talent Daniel Altmaier was eliminated in the round of 16 of the French Open. The 22-year-old from Kempen had to admit defeat to number 17 seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta 2: 6, 5: 7, 2: 6. This means that no German professional is represented in the men’s competition at the Grand Slam tournament in Paris. US Open finalist Alexander Zverev had also failed in the round of 16 against 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner the day before.

Carreño Busta now faces world number one Novak Djokovic in the fight for a place in the semi-finals. The 33-year-old Serb won against the Russian Karen Khachanov.

Djokovic continues – Another incident with the linesman

The tennis world number one Novak Djokovic moved into the quarter-finals of the French Open without losing a set. The 33-year-old Serb prevailed on Monday in Paris against the Russian Karen Khachanov 6: 4, 6: 3, 6: 3.

Novak Djokovic: The Serb is in the quarter-finals in Paris. (Source: Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes)Novak Djokovic: The Serb is in the quarter-finals in Paris. (Source: Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters)

There was a strange incident in the first sentence. Djokovic hit a linesman on the head during a rally, briefly bad memories of the US Open came up. In New York, the superstar had angrily knocked a ball away after a rally, hit a linesman in the neck and was disqualified. You can see the scene in the video or above here. This time he was nothing to blame, Djokovic surely prevailed afterwards.

Djokovic, at the top in Paris, is one of the first contenders for the title alongside record champion Rafael Nadal and US Open winner Dominic Thiem. In 2016 he already achieved the great coup on the sands of Paris. In the fight for a place in the semifinals, Djokovic meets the German professional Daniel Altmaier from Kempen or the Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta. The number five seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrej Rublev from Russia also reached the round of the best eight players.

Siegemund reached the quarterfinals

Laura Siegemund is surprisingly in the quarter-finals of the French Open. The 32-year-old from Metzingen defeated the Spaniard Paula Badosa Gilbert 7: 5, 6: 2 on Monday and thus reached the round of eight in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career. The next opponent is the number seven seeded Czech Petra Kvitova.

The US Open winner in doubles, on 66 in the WTA ranking, got off to a strong start against Badosa Gilbert. She took the world rankings-87. the serve to 2: 1, but had to accept the rebreak directly. Then the Spaniard turns up, but Siegemund came back in the first set and impressed in the decisive phase with strong nerves.

Siegemund kept sprinkling stops to force the Spaniard out of her comfort zone. In the second set, too, she stayed on the trigger against her opponent, who had to be treated on the back and couldn’t find a recipe for the cranked Siegemund.

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Thiem after crime in the quarterfinals

US Open champion Dominic Thiem was able to avert an early end at the French Open with a lot of effort. The 27-year-old Austrian won on Sunday evening in the round of 16 against the French wildcard player Hugo Gaston after big problems with 6: 4, 6: 4, 5: 7, 3: 6, 6: 3. Thiem needed 3:32 hours for his success. In the quarter-finals, the world number three will now face Argentine Diego Schwartzman.

Big surprise – teen eliminates favorite Halep

The Polish Iga Swiatek completely surprisingly eliminated top favorite Simona Halep at the French Open. The unseeded 19-year-old defeated the world number two from Romania with 6: 1, 6: 2. It is the biggest defeat of a top seeded player in the history of the French Open. Swiatek will face Martina Trevisan (No. 159) or Kiki Bertens (No. 5) in the quarter-finals. “I’m surprised by myself,” said Swiatek after the match with a trembling voice: “A dream has come true.” She impressed Halep, who was in first position, with fireworks in the first set and beat 17 winners.

Nadal easy on

Record champion Rafael Nadal (34) made it to the quarter-finals of the French Open in a hurry. The 34-year-old Spaniard gave the 14-year-old American Sebastian Korda, son of the former French Open winner Petr Korda, no chance at 6: 1, 6: 1, 6: 2. Nadal’s next opponent is the German top player Alexander Zverev (Hamburg / No. 6) or the Italian youngster Jannik Sinner.

After just 1:55 hours of play, Nadal closed the match against Korda, so he stays in Roland Garros this year without losing a set. Nadal has already won the tournament twelve times, he can win his 20th Grand Slam title in Paris and thus catch up with Roger Federer (Switzerland).

Tim Pütz in the quarter-finals

Tim Pütz and his partner Frederik Nielsen from Denmark reached the quarter-finals. The duo won 7: 5, 5: 7 and 6: 4 against Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek from Croatia and Slovakia. The next opponents are Juan Sebatian Cabal and Robert Farah.

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Daniel Altmaier surprisingly in the second round

Qualifier Daniel Altmaier surprisingly reached the round of 16 at the French Open. The 22-year-old tennis professional from Kempen prevailed on Saturday in Paris in the third round against Matteo Berrettini from Italy, who was number seven, 6: 2, 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 4 and thus followed his Grand Slam debut Alexander Zverev in the fourth round. Altmaier used his first match ball after 2:15 hours.

Siegemund in the individual round of 16

Laura Siegemund (Metzingen) reached the round of 16 at the French Open in Paris. The 32-year-old, number 66 in the world, won 6: 7 (5: 7), 6: 3, 6: 0 against the 17th placed Croatian Petra Martic. Your next opponent is the Spaniard Paula Badosa Gilbert.

German men’s doubles in the quarter-finals

Kevin Krawietz (Coburg) and Andreas Mies (Cologne) can continue to dream of successfully defending their title at the French Open. The double winners of 2019 won after defending three match points 6: 4, 1: 6, 7: 6 (7: 5) against the French Benjamin Bonzi / Antoine Hoang and are thus in the quarter-finals.

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Zverev easily made it into the round of 16

Alexander Zverev is in the round of 16 at the French Open in Paris. The US Open finalist won the third round on Friday evening against the Italian Marco Cecchinato 6: 1, 7: 5, 6: 3 without much effort. Zverev only needed 1:47 hours for its success. In the fight for the quarter-finals, the German number one will face another Italian on Sunday. Then the 19-year-old tennis shooting star Jannik Sinner is the opponent of the native of Hamburg.

US Open winner Siegemund has to give up in doubles

The US Open winners Laura Siegemund and Wera Swonarewa have given up their second round match at the French Open. The 32-year-old from Metzingen and the Russian lost the first set 3-6 against Iga Swiatek / Nicole Melichar (Poland / USA) before they announced their decision.

The exact reason for the abandonment was not initially apparent, but Siegemund obviously had problems. Siegemund is in the third round of singles, her match against the Croatian Petra Martic is scheduled for Saturday.

Top favorite Nadal without any problems in the second round

Rafael Nadal reached the round of 16 at the French Open easily and easily. The twelve-time Paris champion won 6: 1, 6: 4, 6: 0 against the Italian Stefano Travaglia on Friday evening. The 34-year-old Spaniard only needed 1:35 hours for his success. Nadal is now dealing with the 20-year-old Sebastian Korda. The Czech qualifier is the son of the former world-class player Petr Korda.

Thiem without losing a set in the round of 16 – Wawrinka fails

US Open winner Dominic Thiem was the first player from the closest circle of favorites to reach Roland Garros’ round of 16. The third-placed Austrian defeated the last form strong Norwegian Casper Ruud 6: 4, 6: 3, 6: 1 and is still without a set loss. In the past two years, Thiem only failed in the final at the French Open to record winner Rafael Nadal.

Along with the twelve-time Paris winner Nadal (Spain) and world number one Novak Djokovic (Serbia), Thiem is one of the absolute top favorites in Paris. In the round of 16, the 27-year-old surprisingly meets the 20-year-old Frenchman Hugo Gaston, who defeated the Swiss 2015 winner Stan Wawrinka in five sets.

In the women’s category, number one seeded Romanian Simona Halep continues. The American Amanda Anisimova didn’t give the 29-year-old a chance at 6: 0, 6: 1 in the third round. Halep now meets the Polish Iga Swiatek, like Anisimova only 19 years old.

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Altmeier surprisingly wins the German duel

Qualifier Daniel Altmaier won the German duel against Jan-Lennard Struff at the French Open and surprisingly reached the third round in Paris. The 22-year-old prevailed on Thursday unexpectedly with 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 3.

In his Grand Slam debut, he is the second German tennis professional after Alexander Zverev in the third round. Altmaier, who had to pause almost completely in 2018 due to several injuries, used his first match ball after 2:32 hours.

Fast forward: Djokovic easily continues

Novak Djokovic easily reached the third round of the French Open. Against the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, the Serb won in three sets with 6: 1, 6: 2 and 6: 2.

With his success, the number one in the world in terms of victories in Roland Garros has drawn level with Roger Federer. Both have now left the court in Paris as winners 70 times. The only player who left the field as a winner more often is Rafael Nadal.

Pliskova fails early in Paris

Early end for Karolina Pliskova: The number two seeded Czech was eliminated in the second round of the French Open. Pliskova had to admit defeat to the 2017 Paris winner, Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, 4-6, 2-6 on Thursday. At the US Open in New York, Pliskova failed as number one on the seeding list in the second round to the unseeded French Caroline Garcia.

Ostapenko, number 43 in the world, will now meet the American Sloane Stephens, 2017 US Open winner, or Paula Badosa from Spain in Paris. Pliskova made it to the semi-finals of the French Open in 2017. In her other eight participations, she reached a maximum of the third round.

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Zverev after crime in round three

Alexander Zverev only made it to the third round at the French Open with great difficulty. The US Open finalist defeated the French Pierre-Hugues Herbert in five sets with 2: 6, 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 5), 4: 6, 6: 4 on Wednesday evening in Paris. Germany’s best tennis professional needed 3:59 hours for his success and was the first German to reach the third round in the Stade Roland Garros.

Alexander Zverev: The US Open finalist has moved into the third round. (Source: imago images / Panoramic)Alexander Zverev: The US Open finalist has moved into the third round. (Source: Panoramic / imago images)

There he meets the Italian Marco Cecchinato on Friday. Dominik Koepfer had previously failed in four sets against the Swiss Stan Wawrinka. On Thursday, Jan-Lennard Struff and qualifier Daniel Altmaier will face each other.

Rafael Nadal leaves opponents no chance

Record winner Rafael Nadal rushed into the third round of the French Open. The twelve-time Paris champion didn’t give the American Mackenzie McDonald the slightest chance on Wednesday, after only 1:40 hours the 6: 1, 6: 0, 6: 3 of the Spanish top favorites was perfect. Kei Nishikori (Japan) and Stefano Travaglia (Italy) determine Nadal’s opponents for a place in the round of 16.

Rafael Nadal: The king of the clay court moves confidently into the next round. (Source: Reuters)Rafael Nadal: The clay court king moves confidently into the next round. (Source: Reuters)

Dominik Koepfer loses against Paris Champion

Dominik Koepfer missed a surprise against the Swiss Stan Wawrinka at the French Open in Paris. The 26-year-old tennis player had to admit defeat to the 2015 Paris champion on Wednesday 3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 1: 6. Koepfer only had a chance against Wawrinka in the third round, who hardly allowed himself to make any mistakes, especially at the beginning. After 2:08 hours, the Swiss used his fourth match point. Germany’s top player Alexander Zverev should meet Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in his second round match on Wednesday evening.

Viktoria Azarenka is out

US Open finalist Wiktoria Asarenka failed in the second round of the French Open. The 31-year-old from Belarus was surprisingly clearly defeated by Anna Karolina Schmiedlova from Slovakia 2: 6, 2: 6 on Wednesday. Schmiedlova had already defeated the seven-time major winner Venus Williams (USA) in the first round.

Victoria Azarenka: The Belarusian is struggling with external conditions. (Source: Reuters / Christian Hartmann)Victoria Azarenka: The Belarusian is struggling with external conditions. (Source: Christian Hartmann / Reuters)

With Asarenka’s exit and the injury-related withdrawal of Serena Williams, none of the semi-finalists of the US Open is in Paris anymore. New York winner Naomi Osaka (Japan) did not even come because of a thigh injury, Jennifer Brady (USA) failed in the first round against the 17-year-old Danish Clara Tauson.

Serena Williams does not compete in a second round match

Tennis superstar Serena Williams has to give up her dream of 24th Grand Slam triumph for the time being. The 39-year-old American resigned from her second round match at the French Open on Wednesday against Bulgarian Zwetana Pironkowa. Williams had arrived in Paris with Achilles tendon problems, but had won her opening match against her compatriot Kristie Ahn 7: 6 (7: 2), 6: 0.

Disappointed: Serena Williams has to give up at the French Open. (Source: imago images / GEPA Pictures)Disappointed: Serena Williams has to give up at the French Open. (Source: GEPA Pictures / imago images)

“I love to play on clay in Paris, it’s such great fun for me, and I really wanted to hang out here,” Williams said at a short-term press conference: “It’s my Achilles tendon, it hasn’t healed properly the US Open. “

Williams said she was having trouble walking. This is a clear sign that she needs to recover. At the US Open, Williams had advanced to the semifinals. In Paris, she wanted to make the next attempt to catch up with Grand Slam record holder Margaret Court (Australia).

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After match point drama: Görges in round 2

Julia Görges has reached the second round at the French Open. The 31-year-old won on Tuesday in Paris against number 19 American Alison Riske 6: 3, 6: 7 (4: 7), 6: 1 and was the second German tennis player after Laura Siegemund to survive the first round.

Görges already looked like the sure winner in the second set after a 5-2 lead. However, the German awarded three match points against a risky struggle. The receipt: the tie-break she lost.

In the third set, Görges quickly took over the command again and finally made it into the second round with confidence.

Angelique Kerber, Andrea Petkovic, Anna-Lena Friedsam and Tamara Korpatsch had lost their games at the beginning. Görges, for which it was only the second game since the restart after the Corona break, needed 2:17 hours for her success. In the second round there is now a German duel with Siegemund.

Djokovic effortlessly in round two

Superstar Novak Djokovic did not miss anything in his first round match in Paris. The world number one from Serbia beat the Swede Mikael Ymer on matchday three of the French Open 6: 0, 6: 2, 6: 3 and now meets the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis.

Djokovic is one of the closest favorites at the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, alongside 12-time Paris champion Rafael Nadal and US Open winner and last year’s finalist Dominic Thiem.

Rafael Nadal has already won the French Open twelve times. (Source: imago images / Gepa Pictures)Rafael Nadal has won the French Open twelve times. (Source: Gepa Pictures / imago images)

The 33-year-old Djokovic was disqualified at the US Open. In New York he had hit a line judge in the neck with an uncontrollably knocked ball. That was a mistake “which of course I won’t make a second time,” said Djokovic. In Paris he is fighting for his 18th Grand Slam title.

Siegemund as the first German in the second round

Laura Siegemund has moved into the second round of the French Open as the first German single player. The 32-year-old from Metzingen beat the French Kristina Mladenovic with a courageous performance 7: 5, 6: 3.

On the rainy Tuesday, Julia Görges (Bad Oldesloe) also had the chance to improve the results of the starters of the German Tennis Association (DTB). Previously, the German number one Angelique Kerber, Andrea Petkovic, Tamara Korpatsch and Anna-Lena Friedsam had lost their opening duels.

Siegemund had bigger problems at the beginning, then after a 1: 5 fought his way into the match with great will and found more and more playful solutions. In the second set Siegemund kept his concentration high and made her success perfect after 2:02 hours with a forehand winner.

Kohlschreiber has to pack the bags

The veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber was the first German to be eliminated from the men’s competition at the French Open. The 36-year-old Augsburg lost on Tuesday in cold, wet weather in Paris against the Chilean Cristian Garin 4: 6, 6: 4, 1: 6, 4: 6.

Kohlschreiber had to admit defeat after 2:54 hours. Before the Davis Cup player, Alexander Zverev, Dominik Koepfer, Daniel Altmaier and Jan-Lennard Struff each won their opening games at the Stade Roland Garros.

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Top seeded Medvedev surprisingly out

The Russian Daniil Medvedev is the first top-seeded tennis professional to be eliminated from the French Open. The number five in the world lost to Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics 4: 6, 6: 7 (3: 7), 6: 2, 1: 6 late on Monday evening. Medvedev continued his poor performance on clay this year. Most recently, the Russian had already failed at the start in Hamburg.

Kerber crashed out

Angelique Kerber crashed after a very disappointing performance like last year in the first round of the French Open. The three-time major winner was completely surprisingly defeated by the 19-year-old Slovenian Kaja Juvan 3: 6, 3: 6 on Monday evening.

Kerber, who had come to Paris without much match practice due to her first round defeat in Rome, had problems against Juvan from the start and never found her game. After about half an hour, she lost the first sentence and looked in vain for a solution in the second sentence.

Kerber had to show a lot of patience before their match. In 14th place, the Italian Lorenzo Giustino and the French Corentin Moutet had the second longest duel in Roland Garros since 1968 with 6:05 hours.

Rafael Nadal with an easy win in round one

Defending champion Rafael Nadal started this year’s French Open with an effortless three-set win. The Spaniard won 6: 4, 6: 4, 6: 2 against Egor Gerasimov from Belarus in Paris on Monday. In cold, wet weather, the 34-year-old Mallorcan was not yet in top form, but was never in serious danger. Nadal has won the clay court spectacle in the Stade Roland Garros twelve times. He now meets the American Mackenzie McDonald.

Struff as the third German in the second round

The German number two Jan-Lennard Struff has reached the second round as the third German professional at the French Open. The 30-year-old from Warstein prevailed on Monday against the American Frances Tiafoe with 3: 6, 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 3, 6: 7 (2: 7), 6: 3. Struff had recently suffered first round defeats in Rome and Hamburg.

Struff, seeded at number 30 in the Grand Slam tournament, made 15 slight mistakes in the first set. Too much to keep the world number 67 in check. In the second set, Struff bit his way into the game and got through his powerful game better and better.

Thiem and Williams sovereign in round two

US Open Siger Dominic Thiem solved his tricky first round task against Marin Cilic in a focused manner. The 27-year-old Austrian beat the Croatian US Open winner from 2014 6: 4, 6: 3, 6: 3 in Paris. In the past two years, Thiem reached the final of the French Open and lost to Nadal.

In the women’s race, Serena Williams started highly concentrated and defeated Kristie Ahn 7: 6 (7: 2), 6: 0 in a duel between two Americans. The 39-year-old Williams makes the next attempt in Paris to win her 24th Grand Slam title and to draw level with the record holder Margaret Court (Australia).

Out for Petkovic in round 1

Andrea Petkovic suffered a defeat on her comeback on the big tennis stage. Almost a year after her last tour match, the 33-year-old lost her first round duel at the French Open against Bulgarian Zwetana Pironkowa 3: 6, 3: 6.

Petkovic, who was slowed down by a knee injury before the Corona break, got off to a restless start, with a score of 3-0 after less than ten minutes, her bat flew. Then she fought her way into the match a little better, but made too many easy mistakes overall.

As the game progressed, Petkovic repeatedly grabbed her left knee, but continued to fight despite obvious problems. In the end, Pironkowa made fewer mistakes and thus prevailed.

Originally, Petkovic had planned to end her career at the end of this year, but now she is still on for a year after the long Corona break. Before her first round match, the professional player, who also works as a sports presenter for ZDF, said that she had never had as much fun playing tennis as she does now.

Kvitova wins the first match of the day – German professionals are waiting

The two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova won the first match of the day of the French Open on a rainy morning in Paris. The 30-year-old Czech Republic beat the French outsider Oceane Dodin 6: 3, 7: 5 and moved into the second round.

The match was played on Court Philippe Chatrier, which has had a movable roof since this year. On the other hand, it was not possible to play on the outside courts because of rain.

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Azarenka complains about the cold: “ridiculous”

The unpleasant, sometimes borderline conditions at the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, which Angelique Kerber and four other German professionals also have to deal with on Monday, lead to discussions in Paris. “The most important thing is that you accept the conditions and deal with them,” said the German Dominik Koepfer bravely.

Anna-Lena Friedsam struggled a lot more after her 2: 6, 6: 2, 3: 6 defeat against Alexandra Sasnowitsch: “I can hardly remember that it was like that in the course of my career.” Boris Becker sagte bei Eurosport, beim Turnier in Paris handele es sich nach den US Open um einen “sportlichen Kulturschock”.

Viele Spieler gingen nach dem Zwiebelprinzip vor, Zverev zog ein Langarmshirt unter. Die zweimalige Grand-Slam-Siegerin Wiktoria Asarenka trieb es auf die Spitze. Sie bestritt ihr Auftaktmatch erfolgreich mit Leggins und Trainingsjacke und äußerte danach die Sorge, dass die ungewohnten Umstände zu einer größeren Verletzungsgefahr führen könnten.

“Ich glaube schon. Wenn du bei acht Grad spielst, ist es ziemlich hart”, sagte die 31-Jährige, die während einer kurzen Regenunterbrechung schimpfte, nicht wie eine “Ente” auf dem Platz sitzen bleiben zu wollen. “Ich lebe in Florida, das hier ist ein bisschen lächerlich”, sagte sie zu der Supervisorin. Auch Topfavoritin Simona Halep (Rumänien), die sich ebenfalls keine Blöße gab, sagte trotz des eingesetzten neuen Daches über dem Chatrier, dass es für sie ungewohnt frisch gewesen sei.

Zverev zieht souverän in Runde zwei ein

Die deutsche Nummer eins Alexander Zverev hat problemlos die zweite Runde der French Open erreicht. Der 23 Jahre alte Hamburger schlug den Österreicher Dennis Novak am Sonntagabend überzeugend mit 7:5, 6:2, 6:4. Nächster Gegner von Zverev ist der US-Amerikaner Micheal Mmoh oder Lokalmatador Pierre-Hugues Herbert aus Frankreich.

Alexander Zverev: Der US-Open-Finalist ist in die dritte Runde eingezogen. (Quelle: imago images/Panoramic)Alexander Zverev: Der US-Open-Finalist ist in die dritte Runde eingezogen. (Quelle: Panoramic/imago images)

Zverev erwischte nicht ganz überraschend einen etwas schwierigen Start. Der Weltranglistensiebte hatte nach dem verlorenen Finale bei den US Open kein Match auf Sand zur Vorbereitung auf das Turnier in Paris absolviert und musste nun früh ein Break von Novak hinnehmen. Doch Zverev fand noch im ersten Satz in seinen Rhythmus und legte im zweiten Durchgang schnell ein Break nach. Er spielte nun enorm konsequent und mit einer Präzision, mit der Novak nicht mithalten konnte.

Dominik Koepfer als erster Deutscher weiter

Dominik Koepfer hat bei den French Open in Paris als erster deutscher Tennisspieler die zweite Runde erreicht. Der Davis-Cup-Profi gewann am Sonntag gegen den Franzosen Antoine Hoang 6:2, 3:6, 6:1, 6:1 und knüpfte dabei an seine zuletzt starken Leistungen auf Sand an. Koepfer nutzte nach 2:04 Stunden seinen ersten Matchball. In der zweiten Runde trifft der 26-Jährige nun auf den Gewinner des Duells zwischen dem Schweizer Stan Wawrinka und dem Briten Andy Murray.

Friedsam scheitert in Runde 1

Anna-Lena Friedsam ist als erste deutsche Spielerin bei den French Open ausgeschieden. Die 26-Jährige aus Neuwied verlor ihr Auftaktmatch gegen Alexandra Sasnowitsch (Belarus) aus Belarus mit 2:6, 6:2, 3:6. Bei dem Turnier in Paris sind damit noch zehn deutsche Profis im Rennen.

Friedsam fehlte letztlich die Konstanz in ihrem Spiel. Sie hatte zunächst größere Probleme mit ihrer Gegnerin, schlug nach der Satzpause aber stark zurück. Sie servierte nun sicherer, nahm Sasnowitsch zweimal den Aufschlag ab und kam nach 64 Minuten zum Satzausgleich.

Im entscheidenden Durchgang ging es hin und her. Friedsam kämpfte, hatte aber immer wieder Probleme mit den vielen Stoppbällen von Sasnowitsch.

Topfavoritin Halep ohne Mühe

Simona Halep steht bei den French Open in der zweiten Runde. Nach anfänglichen Schwierigkeiten setzte sich die rumänische Tennisspielerin am Sonntag an ihrem 29. Geburtstag gegen Sara Sorribes Tormo aus Spanien mit 6:4, 6:0 durch. Halep, die 2018 in Paris ihren ersten Grand-Slam-Titel gewann, benötigte nur 1:22 Stunden für ihren Erfolg. Die Nummer zwei der Welt hatte erst am Montag das Masters-1000-Event in Rom gewonnen. Zuvor hatte sie auf eine Teilnahme an den US Open verzichtet.

Azarenka erreicht Runde 2

Mitfavoritin Victoria Asarenka hat bei den French Open die zweite Runde erreicht. Die 31 Jahre alte Tennisspielerin aus Belarus bezwang Danka Kovinic aus Montenegro am Sonntag 6:1, 6:2. Dabei trotzte die US-Open-Finalistin den schwierigen äußeren Bedingungen in der französischen Hauptstadt. Bei nasskaltem Wetter mit Temperaturen knapp über zehn Grad und Nieselregen waren vor allem auf den Außenplätzen die Herausforderungen für Spielerinnen und Spieler groß.

Victoria Azarenka: Die Belarussin steht in der zweiten Runde von Paris. (Quelle: Reuters)Victoria Azarenka: Die Belarussin steht in der zweiten Runde von Paris. (Quelle: Reuters)

Die Partie zwischen Asarenka und Kovinic auf dem Court Suzanne Lenglen wurde bereits nach wenigen Minuten beim Stand von 2:1 für Asarenka unterbrochen. Vor allem Asarenka beschwerte sich über die Bedingungen. Nach einer rund halbstündigen Pause kam die frühere Nummer eins der Welt aber besser mit den Umständen zurecht und erreichte locker die nächste Runde. “Ich bin froh, dass ich durch bin. Jetzt kann ich mir anschauen, wie die Anderen mit diesen harten Bedingungen klar kommen”, sagte Asarenka.

Zverev und Kerber mit machbaren Auftakthürden

Alexander Zverev ist gleich am ersten Turniertag im Einsatz. Der 23-Jährige trifft im vierten und letzten Match des Tages (Beginn der Spiele 11.00 Uhr/Eurosport) auf Dennis Novak aus Österreich.

Von den zehn deutschen Profis (fünf Damen, fünf Herren) im Hauptfeld spielen zudem Dominik Koepfer (Donaueschingen) und Anna-Lena Friedsam (Andernach). Koepfer, der zuletzt im Viertelfinale von Rom nur knapp gegen den Weltranglisten-Ersten Novak Djokovic aus Serbien verloren hatte, spielt gegen den Franzosen Antoine Hoang. Friedsam bekommt es mit Alexandra Sasnowitsch aus Weißrussland zu tun.

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