Paris (AP) – Laura Siegemund and Julia Görges have saved the sporting honor of the German tennis women in Paris. The 32-year-old Siegemund prevailed at the French Open against the French Kristina Mladenovic after a great comeback with 7: 5, 6: 3 and moved into the second round.
A little later, she was followed by 31-year-old Görges. In her only second match after the restart after the month-long Corona break, the Fed Cup player won against number 19 seeded American Alison Riske 6: 3, 6: 7 (4: 7), 6: 1. Görges and Siegemund now meet. Before that, Angelique Kerber, Andrea Petkovic, Anna-Lena Friedsam and Tamara Korpatsch had lost their opening games.
For Philipp Kohlschreiber, however, the French Open is over again. The 36-year-old Augsburg lost in wet and cold weather in Paris against the Chilean Cristian Garin 4: 6, 6: 4, 1: 6, 4: 6 and was the first German to be eliminated from the men’s competition. Before the Davis Cup player, Alexander Zverev, Dominik Koepfer, Daniel Altmaier and Jan-Lennard Struff had won their opening games at the Stade Roland Garros. A total of six out of eleven Germans who started in Paris are in round two.
There was also a sense of achievement for the German doubles Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies. The defending champions won against the two Kazakhs Alexander Bublik and Michail Kukuschkin easily 6: 2, 6: 3. “It was a great feeling to come back to the facility,” said Mies. “We have so many memories of this magical place.” Last year, the duo had unexpectedly won the title.
Siegemund made up a 5-1 deficit in the first set and fended off seven set balls. After 2:02 hours she used her first match ball. Siegemund impressed with an outstanding fighting performance. One day after Angelique Kerber’s listless performance, the US Open doubles winner did not let herself be disturbed by a bad start.
Although Mladenovic drew 5-1 under the closed roof of Court Philippe Chatrier, Siegemund remained calm and increased from rally to rally. After 71 minutes, the Swabian chase was rewarded with winning the first set. “That was outstanding,” said Germany’s women boss Barbara Rittner, a TV expert at Eurosport. “I was not at all satisfied with the beginning because I made far too many easy mistakes,” said Siegemund self-critically. “But how I improved and played, that was really good,” said the Swabian, who had everything under control in the second set.
Görges, on the other hand, was there from the start. After the 31-year-old lost in the first round in Rome, there were some doubts about the form of Görges, who lived in Regensburg. But against Riske, she showed a convincing performance. Although she missed three match points in the second set and gave up the passage in the tie-break. But Görges remained nervous and with a little delay still took the victory.
For Kohlschreiber, on the other hand, it was the fourth first-round defeat in a row. Since the restart after the month-long Corona break, he has only won one match, at the Challenger tournament in Prague in mid-August. And now the freak weather in Paris. Why is he still doing this to himself?
A question that the Davis Cup professional doesn’t really like. “Why are we talking about ‘doing yourself’? Just because I’m a little older?” Asked the Bavarian. Of course, with all the restrictions, the joy of tennis is “subdued. But the love of sport is still there,” said Kohlschreiber, who will be on the tour for 20 years in the coming season. “It’s all complicated, but I try to enjoy it. And I hope that it will all become a little easier at some point.”
When that will be the case is still completely open. But ending your career right away is out of the question for the eight-time ATP tournament winner. Kohlschreiber still wants to play at two smaller Challenger events in Parma and Sardinia, what comes after that remains to be seen. “Maybe it is not wrong to take your time and work on your tennis,” said Kohlschreiben. Because it should definitely continue in 2021.