Ranked Halep finally up and running at French Open

Ranked Halep finally up and running at French Open

Ranked Halep finally up and running at French Open

World number one Simona Halep battled into the second round of the French Open after recovering from a poor start in a match delayed by rain.

Muguruza said she goes with the flow on the court, not pausing to consider how she needs to tackle the surface.

Djokovic was reflective and revealing Wednesday after moving into the third round at the French Open by virtue of a self-described up-and-down performance in a 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4 victory over 155th-ranked Jaume Antoni Munar Clar of Spain.

The 83rd-ranked Riske managed to win only three games in her previous claycourt meeting with the twice Roland Garros runner-up but broke serve three times in the opening set.

No doubt frustrated at her inability to close out the set, Halep started grunting every time she struck the ball and that change of tack appeared to produce the desired result as she broke to win the set on her fifth set point when she ended a 16-stroke rally with a sizzling forehand victor.

Serbian world number 60 Lajovic has clay-court form under his belt, making the last-eight in Madrid and semi-finals in Lyon last week where it took two-time Roland Garros semi-finalist Dominic Thiem to stop him in three sets.

"It's always hard in the first round of a Grand Slam, you are always nervous", said Halep whose opening round match had been cancelled on Tuesday due to torrential rain.

The diminutive Romanian endured an inauspicious start to her Parisian campaign, as Riske reeled off the opening five games of the set before she held serve, but it was too late to save the set.

"It was good that I came back so strong", Halep, beaten in last year's final by Jelena Ostapenko, told reporters.

Halep's next opponent, 72nd-ranked Taylor Townsend of the United States, played her first-round match on Tuesday.

Mistakes from the Romanian quickly began to rack up, weak volleys into the net and wayward backhands leaving Halep taking out her anger on her racket.

Two-time French Open victor Maria Sharapova said players were going more now than they were even two or three years ago, especially the young ones. "How am I going to play the next point?'" he responded.

Ukraine's fourth seed Elina Svitolina reached the third round with a 6-3 6-4 win over Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova. "I just played enough in the right moments to win the match", admitted 20th seed Djokovic, who is still trying to rediscover his golden touch since undergoing elbow surgery this year. Among the women, 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza, seeded three, overcame the spirited challenge of French wildcard entrant Fiona Ferro 6-4, 6-3 in 96 minutes; sixth seed Karolina Pliskova put out country woman Lucie Safarova 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

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