Emma Raducanu: British No 1 battles through to second round on her Roland Garros debut

British No 1 Emma Raducanu makes it through to the second round of the French Open after fighting back from a set down to defeat 17-year-old Czech qualifier Linda Noskova; Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans also win but Harriet Dart and Heather Watson fall at the first hurdle

Last Updated: 23/05/22 8:04pm


Emma Raducanu fought hard to fend off Czech qualifier Linda Noskova in the first round of the French Open

Emma Raducanu showed great determination to fight back and edge Czech qualifier Linda Noskova 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-1 in the first round at the French Open on Monday.

The US Open champion broke serve twice in the opening set but was pegged back to a tie-break by the 17-year-old qualifier.

Raducanu hit back to take the second before racing away with the deciding set to reach the second round in Paris on her main draw debut.

Norrie continues fine run on clay; Evans finally wins in Paris

Norrie made short work of French wildcard Manuel Guinard

Norrie made short work of French wildcard Manuel Guinard

Fellow British No 1 Cameron Norrie, fresh from winning his first title on clay in Lyon at the weekend, made short work of French wildcard Manuel Guinard.

Norrie took a tight first set and then cruised to a 7-5 6-2 6-0 victory to set up a second-round meeting with Australian qualifier Jason Kubler.

The 26-year-old, ranked 11 in the world, said: “It was a battle in the first set and I just had to hang in there.

“It’s so nice to get my first win here this year. I have to be really patient on the clay. When I’m playing really well I can love it and then when I’m not I have moments where I don’t like it so much. It feels really good to win.”

Dan Evans finally won a match at Roland Garros and he did it in straight sets

Dan Evans finally won a match at Roland Garros and he did it in straight sets

Dan Evans finally won a match at Roland Garros at the fifth time of asking.

Evans, a first-round loser in each of his four previous main draw appearances, beat Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 6-4.

On his 32nd birthday, Evans celebrated his victory with a golf swing and then revealed he had stayed up too late the night before watching the US PGA Championship, although he was forced to turn in before Justin Thomas completed his dramatic win.

“My missus was hassling me to sleep,” he said. “I wanted to watch some more, but I was up early. And so I woke up to – I basically missed one of the best endings ever. So, yeah, I was a bit gone this morning, yeah.

“I’ve got two friends here, they stayed up and watched. I couldn’t believe it when I read it in the morning. So it was a little annoying, but I’ll take the win.”

Dart suffers painful exit; Watson also out

Harriet Dart suffered an early exit at Roland Garros

Harriet Dart suffered an early exit at Roland Garros

Harriet Dart narrowly avoided a dreaded double-bagel for the second time at a Grand Slam as she lost 6-0 6-2 to Italy’s Martina Trevisan in the first round of the French Open.

The 25-year-old failed to win a game in a first-round defeat by Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open in 2019.

Dart must have feared a repeat at 6-0 3-0 down, but she managed to get a couple of games on the board before her early exit from the tournament was finally confirmed.

She can console herself with almost £53,000 in prize money for her hour and 25 minutes work.

Heather Watson fared little better, going down in straight sets to Elsa Jacquemot of France.

The 30-year-old from Guernsey was a break up in the second set but still slipped to a 6-3 6-3 defeat.

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