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French Open 2016, Day 1: Play called off due to rain

Play was called off before time on Day 1 of the French Open after rain hit Paris for a second time in the day sending the schedule haywire.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 22, 2016 6:36 pm
French Open 2016, Day 1: Petra Kvitova won in three sets to register a first round win. (Source: Reuters)

In a rain affected day at Roland Garros, only ten matches were completed. Petra Kvitova suffered a scare but recovered in time to make her way into the second round. Joining her with nearly the final bit of action on the day was Lucie Safarova who had a much easier outing. On the men’s side, Nick Kyrgios won in straight sets and Frenchman Benoit Paire was pushed to five sets.

FRENCH OPEN DAY 1  UPDATES:

2215 hrs IST: That’s that for today then. Play has been called off. Ten matches finished today – five for men and five for women.

2155 hrs IST: Before play was stopped, Haase forced a fifth set against Jack Sock. Will the match be completed today? Remains to be seen.

2151 hrs IST: Play suspended once again.

2147 hrs IST: Bah it is raining again. And quite heavily.

2144 hrs IST: Diatchenko hits her backhand into the net and Lucie Safarova is through to the second round – 6-0, 6-2.

2140 hrs IST: Meanwhile last two matches on all courts have been cancelled – that includes Sabine Lisicki’s match against Veronica Cepede.

2138 hrs IST: Lucie Safarova is inching towards a straight sets win. She will serve for the match at 5-2.

2137 hrs IST: Kei Nishikori wins the second set 7-5 and is up two sets to love. On serve in the third, Bolelli serving at 0-1.

2102 hrs IST: And we’re back. Courts being wiped dry. Play to start any moment now.

2006 hrs IST: Matches won’t resume before 1730 local time – 2100 hrs IST.

2005 hrs IST: ‘Guga’ has a special passenger

2003 hrs IST: While there’s the rain delay, more details from Kyrgios’ match where he was warned by the chair umpire for shouting at a ballkid to retrieve a towel, leading to a prolonged and angry monologue by the 21-year-old Australian.

2000 hrs IST: Women’s doubles draw is out. Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis will play their first round against Daria Kasatkina and Alexandra Panova. In the bottom half of the draw, Serena Williams and Venus Williams will play together after two years.

1947 hrs IST: Final match on Court 3 has been cancelled.

1834 hrs IST: Make that play suspended across all the courts. Quite a surprise we got this action too given how gloomy it was in the morning.

1832 hrs IST: And play has been suspended on Chatrier!

1824 hrs IST: Status of on-going matches across the courts:

Nishikori is a set up against Bolelli on Chatrier, Safarova has just bageled Diatchenko, 2009 winner Kuznetsova is a set down but is on the up in the second (4-6, 3-0), Jack Sock is in the fourth against Haase with 2-1 lead, British woman Watson has lost the first set to Gibbs, Benjamin Becker has beaten Kuznetsov in straight sets, Sela and Brown are a set apiece on Court 14.

1743 hrs IST: And Benoit Paire advances with plenty of effort. In the process, we get the first five setter of the tournament and first French win. Paire wins 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 1-6 and 6-4 in two hours and 59 minutes.

1725 hrs IST: Kyrgios gets a standing ovation after the win

1708 hrs IST: Frenchman Benoit Paire dragged into the fifth.

1707 hrs IST: Number 24 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has had it easy to win 6-2, 6-0. Meanwhile young American Donald Young bows out.

1707 hrs IST: Job complete on Chatrier too. Kvitova wins 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

1706 hrs IST: All over on Court 1. Kyrgios starts off with a 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 win.

1659 hrs IST: Defending champion Novak Djokovic is in the press area after winning in Geneva

1648 hrs IST: Happy Birthday Novak!

1630 hrs IST: Kyrgios wins it again in the same fashion and same score. He’s not doing exceptionally well but getting there somehow.

1622 hrs IST: Our focus match of Kyrgios – Cecchinato has gone into another tiebreak. The Italian is up a mini-break.

1620 hrs IST: Kvitova loses the second set 4-6 and Kovinic is serving 0-1 in the third. On Lenglen, Benoit Paire has lost the second set to makt it a set apiece. In the third, he’s up a break at 3-2.

1540 hrs IST: Nick Kyrgios wins the first set tiebreak.

1525 hrs IST: And Kvitova is a set up. She wins the first set 6-2.

1505 hrs IST: Over on Chatrier, Kvitova is 3-0 up.

1500 hrs IST: Kyrgios wins the first point of the 2016 French Open. And it’s 3-3 now.

1430 hrs IST: Players are on court! Danka Kovinic against Petra Kvitova on Chatrier, Radu Albot against Benoit Paire on Lenglen and Nick Kyrgios vs Marco Cecchinato on Court 1.

1424 hrs IST: A word from tournament director Guy Forget: “Welcome to French Open. Plenty of questions, Is Rafael Nadal going to win his tenth Grand Slam here? Is Novak Djokovic going to get his first – he’s been dominant for the past two years? Andy Murray, placed right in between both, also trying to win his first title here in Paris. Stan Wawrinka to go after second. The French players will try to do their best in front of friends and family. Ofcourse Serena Williams to go after 22nd Grand Slam. She’s a favourite even at 34 and is playing like a teenager. Considering all these points, I think once again it’d be a great edition.”

1417 hrs IST: Andy Murray has scribbled a few paragraphs for ‘Le Parisien’ on how this is his first Grand Slam without Roger Federer. Good read with weather gods not being helpful.

1413 hrs IST: Uh-oh! It is raining in Paris. That’s not good. Not good at all!

1405 hrs IST: Before we begin, happy birthday Novak Djokovic! The Serb turns 29 today.

1400 hrs IST: Half an hour till play begins. Today we have Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Nick Kyrgios the headlines in men. Twice quarterfinalist Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova make up the biggies for the ladies. (Complete schedule)

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