Tennis - French openWednesday, May 28, 2014
Mónaco and Berlocq win, Delbonis eliminated
Australian Open champ Li loses
Juan Mónaco and Carlos Berlocq advanced to the second round at Roland Garros but Federico Delbonis was eliminated. Diego Schwartzman, Facundo Bagnis and Paula Ormaechea are in action today.
PARIS — Juan Mónaco and Carlos Berlocq added their names yesterday to the draw of the second round of the French Open but the other Argentine in action yesterday, Federico Delbonis was eliminated in his opener.
Berlocq rallied for a 3-6 6-2 6-1 6-4 win over former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewit to next face Richard Gasquet, the No. 11 seed, who delighted French supporters by beating Bernard Tomic 6-2 6-1 7-5 in one hour and 37 minutes.
Mónaco advanced after beating local Lucas Pouille 6-3 6-1 6-4 in one hour and 40 minutes to next meet Italian Andreas Seppi, who defeated Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-3 7-5 6-3. Meanwhile, Delbonis lost to Serb Dusan Lajovic 6-3 6-2 6-3.
Three Argentines will be in the second round action today, Diego Schwartzman will have a tough match against Roger Federer while Facundo Bagnis will meet Ernests Gulbis and Paula Ormaechea will play Monica Nicolescu.
Li Na earned a Grand Slam championship, was heralded at home, then has showed up at subsequent major tournaments and seemingly has forgetten how to win.
It happened in 2011, after her French Open triumph made her China’s first player with a Grand Slam singles title. Happened again yesterday, when Li was seeded second at Roland Garros but lost to someone ranked 103rd in the first round, not quite four months removed from winning the Australian Open.
“I didn’t follow the game plan,” Li said. “Didn’t have any idea how to play.”
Her 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 exit against Kristina Mladenovic of France in front a partisan crowd on a cloudy, windy Day 3 came about 16 hours after the men’s Australian Open champion, third-seeded Stan Wawrinka, was beaten in Paris — making this French Open already unlike any Grand Slam tournament in history.
It’s the first time that the men’s and women’s singles champions from the previous major lost in the first round.
This French Open has seen some rough going for several past major champions and other highly seeded players, and the second round has yet to begin.
No. 13 Caroline Wozniacki, the 2009 US Open runner-up, was beaten yesterday, less than a week after her planned wedding to golf star Rory McIlroy was called off; No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov, considered an up-and-coming threat by many, lost to Ivo Karlovic; two seeded men, No. 16 Tommy Haas and No. 21 Nicolás Almagro, quit during the first set because of injuries.
Murray returned to Roland Garros yesterday after missing last year because of a back injury. He advanced to the second round by beating Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-1 6-4 3-6 6-3.