IAll in all, welcome to our coverage of the fourth day of Roland Garros, which has been a pretty intense start to the second major of the season.
Naomi Osaka’s return has been the biggest topic of the week so far, but yesterday saw another disturbing news, with Petra Kvitova’s retirement due to an unfortunate injury sustained during the completion of a post-match interview and Ash Barty. Another troubling news came after the first round of the tournament came after. medical timeout.
Developments on the women’s side mean a draw is beginning for seventh-seeded Serena, who resumes her bid for the elusive 24th Grand Slam title in Paris.
Williams will take on unseeded Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu in the second round later this afternoon.
In another match today, third seed Aryna Sabalenka will take on Aliaksandra Sasnovi in an All-Belarusian clash at Court Suzanne Lenglen, while her compatriot, 15th seed Viktoria Azarenka will face Denmark’s Clara Tausen.
In the men’s draw, sixth seed Alexander Zverev is in action at Lenglen as he takes on Russia’s Roman Safiulin, while the latter faces fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas against Spain’s Pedro Martínez.
The evening’s match will feature second seed Daniil Medvedev, who will look to build on his morale-boosting victory over unseeded American Tommy Paul.
Nadal continues to be a strong contender for his 14th Roland Garros title in the men’s draw and moved to win number 101 yesterday after proving too strong for Alexei Popirin.
“The start of the match was very tough – he was playing bombs all the time and his serve was huge, and it’s always difficult in these hot, fast conditions.
“He is young and his ball speed is unbelievable. He is running fast and every time he hits the ball, he goes for the hardest power.
“It was a tough match and I was lucky to win the first set – I don’t know how I did it but I was very happy.”
Frenchman Richard Gasquet awaits Nadal in Thursday’s second round when the Spaniard celebrates his 35th birthday.
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