ADVANCE ON FRENCH OPEN DAY 2
Ashley Marshall | May 28, 2018
Less than 24 hours after top-ranked American woman Venus Williams lost on the opening day of the French Open, the U.S. seeds in action on Day 2 made sure there were no similar upsets.
A trio of American seeds competing on the red Parisian clay Monday booked their spots in Round 2, including two players that were pitted against fellow Americans to begin their Roland Garros campaigns.
On the women's side, 13th-seeded Madison Keys (pictured above) defeated countrywoman Sachia Vickery, 6-3, 6-3; No. 15 seed and Keys' Fed Cup teammate Coco Vandeweghe beat Laura Siegemund of Germany, 6-4, 6-4; and men's No. 12 seed Sam Querrey defeated rising star Frances Tiafoe in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, 7-6.
One of the biggest results of the day went to 19-year-old qualifier Caroline Dolehide, who toppled Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland, 6-4, 6-4. ADVERTISEMENT The victory gives the American teenager her first Grand Slam main-draw win and sets up a second-round match with Keys on Wednesday.
Also causing a surprise was world No. 73 Bernarda Pera, who defeated former world No. 13 and 2016 Wimbledon semifinalist Elena Vesnina of Russia, 6-3, 6-2.
The five U.S. Day 2 victors join three other American winners, Sloane Stephens, Jennifer Brady and Jared Donaldson, from Day 1 in the second round.
Looking ahead to other Round of 64 matches, Vandeweghe will play Laura Tsurenko of Ukraine, and Querrey will meet Gilles Simon of France. Pera will next play the winner of No. 24 seed Daria Gavrilova and Sorana Cirstea for a spot in the Round of 32.
In other Day 2 action, Danielle Collins fell to No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 7-6, 6-1; Christina McHale lost to Alexandra Dulgheru, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3, in a match carried over from Day 1; and Sofia Kenin lost to Naomi Osaka, 6-2, 7-5.
Elsewhere in Paris, qualifier Grace Min lost to Camila Giorgi of Italy, 6-3, 6-2, and Vania King went out to No. 31 seed Monica Buzarnescu of Romania, 6-3, 6-3.
Of the 15 Americans in action on Day 2, three were not able to complete their matches after early-evening rain brought play to a halt in the French capital.
No. 9 men's seed John Isner was leading USTA French Open Wild Card Challenge winner Noah Rubin by two sets to love, and Varvara Lepchenko was trailing No. 16 seed Elise Mertens 3-0 in the final set when rain interrupted proceedings.
Day 3 in Paris is headlined by the return of 23-time Grand Slam women's singles champion Serena Williams, who opens her French Open against Kristyna Pliskova.
The other Americans in action Tuesday to complete the first round are No. 14 seed Jack Sock, Ryan Harrison, Tennys Sandgren and Steve Johnson on the men's side and Alison Riske, Taylor Townsend and Bethanie Mattek-Sands on the women's side.