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Roland Garros Day One: Five Must-See Matches

Roger Federer, Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova headline day one at Roland Garros.



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From Roger Federer to Karolina Pliskova, we look at the five must-see matches on day one of Roland Garros. 


Lorenzo Sonego v Roger Federer (3) 

Let’s start with 20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer, who will play his first match at Roland Garros for four years, when he takes on Lorenzo Sonego. It has been a good clay-court swing for the Swiss so far after reaching the last eight in Madrid, before losing to Dominic Thiem in three hard-fought sets.

Then in Rome, Federer beat Joao Sousa and Borna Coric on the same day before withdrawing from his quarter-final with Stefanos Tsitsipas due to a leg injury. This injury setback shouldn’t affect his chances of going deep as he has had a few good practice sessions.

Sunday’s match with clay-courter Lorenzo Sonego should be a good indication of where he’s at technically on the clay as the Italian has had some good results on clay, including reaching the last eight in Monte-Carlo.

However the best of five sets format should favour the Swiss, who will be looking to reach the second week without any real damage.

Prediction: Federer in Straights

Venus Williams v Elina Svitolina (9) 

When the draw came out on Thursday, this was the first round match that was catching everyone’s attention. Venus Williams, who is a seven time grand slam champion in singles, is still going strong at 38 years-old. A three hour win over Elise Mertens in Rome showed many why she still competes on the clay, even though her movement may be restricted at times.

As for Svitolina, her clay-court swing has been hampered by a knee injury which has seen her play only two clay court matches and losing both. There is no doubting her clay-court pedigree though, having won Rome twice in the past and capable of beating the very best on this surface.

It will be a tough match for both but this match should favour the Ukrainian and presuming her fitness has improved, should come through this in three sets.

Prediction: Svitolina in Three Sets

Other matches to watch out for on day one:

Angelique Kerber (5) v Anastasia Potapova – The fifth seed is looking to complete the career grand slam and will look to overcome a foot injury when she takes on her out-of-form 18 year-old opponent.

Marton Fucsovics v Diego Schwartzman (17) – This is another good match on Sunday as Fucsovics who has been lacking form should test the in-form Schwartzman, who tested Novak Djokovic in Rome.

Madison Brengle v Karolina Pliskova (2) – The world number two and Rome champion will look to make a major statement when she takes on the American, who is lacking a lot of match practice.

Order of play – play on all courts start at 11am GMT

Court Philippe Chatrier

Angelique KERBER (GER) [5] v Anastasia POTAPOVA (RUS)

Stefanos TSITSIPAS (GRE) [6] v Maximilian MARTERER (GER)

Lorenzo SONEGO (ITA) v Roger FEDERER (SUI) [3]

Madison BRENGLE (USA) v Karolina PLISKOVA (CZE) [2]

Court Suzanne Lenglen

Thomas FABBIANO (ITA) v Marin CILIC (CRO) [11]

Kei NISHIKORI (JPN) [7] v Quentin HALYS (FRA)


Sloane STEPHENS (USA) [7] v Misaki DOI (JPN)

Court Simonne Mathieu

Garbiñe MUGURUZA (ESP) [19] v Taylor TOWNSEND (USA)

Marco CECCHINATO (ITA) [16] v Nicolas MAHUT (FRA)


David GOFFIN (BEL) [27] v Ricardas BERANKIS (LTU)

Court 1

Petra MARTIC (CRO) [31] v Ons JABEUR (TUN)


Belinda BENCIC (SUI) [15] v Jessika PONCHET (FRA)


Court 6

Magdalena RYBARIKOVA (SVK) v Johanna LARSSON (SWE)

Malek JAZIRI (TUN) v Oscar OTTE (GER)

Bernarda PERA (USA) v Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR)

Jiri VESELY (CZE) v Leonardo MAYER (ARG)

Court 7

Matteo BERRETTINI (ITA) [29] v Pablo ANDUJAR (ESP)


Albert RAMOS-VINOLAS (ESP) v Laslo DJERE (SRB) [31]

Jennifer BRADY (USA) v Ivana JOROVIC (SRB)

Court 13

Casper RUUD (NOR) v Ernests GULBIS (LAT)




Court 14


Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS) v Kristina KUCOVA (SVK)


Polona HERCOG (SLO) v Aliaksandra SASNOVICH (BLR) [32]


Dominic Thiem rallies from one set down against Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the final at Thiem’s 7 in Kitzbuhel



Dominic Thiem came back from losing the first set to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-2 en route to reaching the final at the Thiem’s 7 tournament. Thiem earned two breaks in the third and fifth games to race out to a 4-1 lead. Bautista Agut got both breaks back in the sixth and eighth games to draw level to 4-4 forcing the match to the tie-break. The Spanish player won the tie-break 7-5 to take the opening set.


Thiem slowly found his rhythm again in the second set and earned two break points in the fourth game but he was not able to convert them. The home star dropped only two points on his serve until the end of the second set and converted two of the three break points to clinch the second set 6-2.

Thiem earned a break in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead and held on his next service games. The tournament organizer sealed the third set 6-2 with his double break with a blistering return on the match point in the eighth game securing his spot in the final. Thiem will face either Andrey Rublev or Matteo Berrettini in the final.

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Former Roland Garros champions and five top 20 players to highlight a great edition of the Ladies Open in Palermo



The Ladies Open WTA International in Palermo will be the first tournament to be held next August since last February.


The Italian tournament will feature a great line-up which includes two confirmed past Roland Garros champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jelena Ostapenko and five top 20 players. There is a good chance that 2018 French Open and 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep could be added in the field.

“We are glad about Simona Halep’s great interest in Palermo Ladies Open. We will be waiting for her at the Country Club for an historic edition of the Palermo tournament. We have been in contact with Halep’s manager for some time. We have been talking for days about her potential participation in Palermo. She is one of the best players in the world and her presence would contribute to make an already high-level tournament extrahordinary. We will leave our doors open to her for as long as possible, as well as for other top ten players that will want to resume their season in Palermo”, said tournament’s CEO Oliviero Palma.

The other stars who have signed up to the Ladies Open are 2019 Roland Garros champion Marketa Vondrousova, two Grand Slam semifinalists Elise Mertens (2018 Australian Open) and Anastasija Sevastova (2018 US Open), Aryna Sabalenka (winner at the Wuhan Open in 2018 and 2019, WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai in 2019 and Doha in 2020) and Elina Rybakina (winner in Hobart and finalist in St. Petersburg and Dubai in 2020), Dayana Yastremska (winner of three tournaments in Hong Kong in 2018, Thailand and Strasbourg in 2019).

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Lorenzo Sonego and Liudmila Samsonova lift the titles in Perugia



Lorenzo Sonego and Liudmila Samsonova won the Zzz Quill Tennis Tour in Perugia. Sonego followed up his Italian title won the previous week in Todi with a 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 win over Croatia’s Viktor Galovic (world number 269 and number 7 seed) in the final of the Perugia tournament.


“Galovic started very well. It was difficult to adjust to his game and improve during the match. I maintained the right attitude and I managed to win the title. I enjoyed two fantastic weeks in Todi and Perugia. This confirmed my good work in training in the past two weeks. I gave my best and I am confident for the rest of the season”, said Sonego.

World number 117 Liudmila Samsonova won the women’s title came back from one set down to beat world number 307 Stefania Rubini 4-6 6-4 7-6 (8-6) in the women’s final after saving two match points.

“I won a very tough final with a lot of ups and downs. I am happy that I played many matches. It was one of my goals on the eve of the tournament. I showed that I am able to keep the level of my tennis high, when I play focused”, said Samsonova.   



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