Few Matches Completed as Rain Dominates French Open
Only 13 of 72 scheduled men’s and women’s matches were completed on Tuesday at the rain-soaked French Open, where Nikolay Davydenko and Stan Wawrinka were the only two Top 10 seeds on and off the court.
The No. 4-seeded Davydenko straight-setted former Slam winner Thomas Johansson, while the No. 9-seeded rising Swiss Wawrinka did likewise to German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
“I’m happy to have won in three sets and finished my match today. I hope I can already prepare for the next match tomorrow,” Davydenko told reporters.
There were also two seeded upsets on the day, with Swede Robin Soderling toppling No. 13 Juan Monaco, dropping only six games in the process, and big-serving Croat Mario “Baby Goran” Ancic rolling past No. 31 Andreas Seppi in straight sets.
In the only other completed match, Chile’s Paul Capdeville was a straight-set winner over Mischa Zverev.
In suspended matches of note, No. 26 Jarkko Nieminen led Marc Lopez 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 2-2; American Bobby Reynolds led Thierry Ascione 7-6(2), 4-6, 5-3; former No. 1 Marat Safin led Jean-Rene Lisnard 6-7(5), 6-1, 1-2; and American John Isner was tied with Juan Ignacio Chela 6-2, 6-3, 5-7, 3-6, 1-1.
Highlights of Wednesday’s backed-up schedule are Thomaz Bellucci vs. (2) Rafael Nadal, an all-French in Gael “Force” Monfils vs. Arnaud Clement, French riser Gilles Simon vs. (21) Radek Stepanek, (25) Lleyton Hewitt vs. Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, France’s Michael Llodra vs. (11) Tomas Berdych, dirtballer Jose Acasuso vs. (10) Andy Murray, and an all-American in “The” Donald Young vs. Robby Ginepri.
Shaky Mauresmo Narrowly Beats Rain, Opponent at French Open
Never a French Open threat even at the most stable of times, France’s Amelie Mauresmo, seeded No. 22 this year after a season that has seen her threaten retirement, survived a shaky 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 encounter against unheralded Olga Savchuk to advance into the second round at Roland Garros on Tuesday.
“I had ups and downs, good things and some big mistakes, and that’s also linked to very short preparation time,” said Mauresmo, who missed much of the claycourt season with a rib injury, speaking to reporters. “But that’s the kind of match that’s nice to get through, and especially with such a third set. So now all I have to do is hope it gets better for my next match.”
Mauresmo was one of the few winners on a wet Tuesday at Roland Garros, where No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova was the only Top 10-seeded player who completed a match, defeating Aiko Nakamura in straight sets.
“I was first. I was lucky with that,” Kuznetsova told reporters of the rain. “I get in my match, so I have the rest of the day to relax, to take it easy, and tomorrow I practice and get prepared for my next match…I hit the ball big, but I also do hit heavy. And when the ball with these conditions was very heavy, it was very comfortable for me.”
Other players completing matches were (13) Dinara Safina (d. Kateryna Bondarenko), (14) Agnieszka Radwanska (d. Mariya Koryttseva), (31) Ai Sugiyama (d. Alla Kudryavtseva in three), Sabine Lisicki (d. Elena Vesnina 6-0 in the third), Oliva Sanchez (d. Jarmila Gajdosova in two tiebreaks), and Carla Suarez Navarro (d. Pauline Parmentier in three).
Highlights of Wednesday’s schedule at Roland Garros are (1) Maria Sharapova vs. Evgeniya Rodina in an all-Russian, (5) Serena Williams vs. France’s Mathilde Johansson, Gisela Dulko vs. (19) Alize Cornet, Lucie Safarova vs. (2) Ana Ivanovic, Vera Dushevina vs. (7) Elena Dementieva in an all-Russian, France’s Aravane Rezai vs. slumping (25) Nadia Petrova, an all-American in Bethanie Mattek vs. Madison Brengle, and an upset-watcher in Virginia Ruano Pascual vs. (27) Katarina Srebotnik.
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