on Day 2 of French Open
Erin Maher | May 27, 2019
Three-time French Open winner Serena Williams has started her campaign for her fourth title on the Parisian clay with a round one win on Monday.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion managed to bounce back after dropping the first set to defeat Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Williams (pictured above) managed to place nine winners and dropped only one game in the second set to even the match. Seeded No. 10 in the tournament, Williams managed to covert the break on her fourth opportunity and took the match, ultimately notching 17 winners to 21 unforced errors.
Williams wasn’t the only American woman to punch her ticket into round 2 of the French Open on Monday.
Four other American women joined Williams in the winner circle, including Sofia Kenin, Danielle Collins, Shelby Rogers and Lauren Davis.ADVERTISEMENT
Florida native Kenin managed to take her first round match against Italy’s Giulia Gatto-Monticone, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2.
Collins, currently ranked No. 36 in the world, had an easier time securing her spot into the next round, thanks to a 6-0, 6-2, defeat of Germany’s Tatjana Maria. The 2019 French Open is Collin’s first major since her semifinal run in January at the Australian Open.
2017 Fed Cup champion Shelby Rogers dismissed Australia’s Astra Sharma in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, and Lauren Davis managed to win her first French Open match in seven years against Kristyna Pliskova, 6-2, 6-4.
The American men did not fare as well as the women on day two.
Tommy Paul managed to take a set from No. 4 seed Dominic Thiem, before falling to the Austrian, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2.
No.2 American man Frances Tiafoe, seeded No. 32 in the tournament, fell to Serbian Filip Krajinovic, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.
After dropping the first set, Dennis Kudla managed to take the next two, before losing the last two sets, defeated by Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia, 6-0, 7-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.
Bradley Khlan fell to No. 21 seed Alex De Minaur, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. Reilly Opelka fell to Chile’s Cristian Garin, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6, and Tennys Sandgren fell to Radu albot, -7,6 7-6, 3-6, 6-1.
Day 3 in Paris see five Americans taking to the courts to start their tournament.
On the women’s side, world No. 51 Amanda Anisimova will be taking on France’s Harmony Tan. 29-year-old Anna Tatishvili will face No. 29 seed Maria Sakkari.
2017 US Open finalist Madison Keys will spar with Evgeniya Rodina of France. Keys, currently ranked world No. 14, made a semifinal run in France last year before falling to compatriot Sloane Stephens.
Taylor Fritz is set to take on Bernard Tomic, Mackenzie McDonald will face with Yoshihito Nishioka, and Steve Johnson will play against Roberto Bautista Agut, who is seeded No. 18 in the tournament.
The Bryan Brothers will also start their 2019 French Open campaign on Tuesday, facing Gerard Granollers and Pablo Carreno Busta, both from Spain.