The future of Roland-Garros 2021: Serena Williams in the second round
An overview of Roland-Garros:
Serena Williams will try to return to the third round at Roland Garros a year after withdrawing from the tournament before her second match due to an injured left Achilles. The 23-time Grand Slam champion is set to face Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu in the third match on Philippe Chatrier court on Day 4 of the clay court major. The nighttime shoot in the main stadium features No.2 seed Daniil Medvedev and Tommy Paul, a 24-year-old American ranked 52nd. Medevev is a two-time Grand Slam finalist, most notably at this year’s Australian Open. Paul never made it past the third round of a major tournament, but he was junior champion at Roland Garros in 2015. Other players in action include Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Aryna Sabalenka.
FORECASTS FOR WEDNESDAY
Rain. Maximum of 81 degrees Fahrenheit (27 Celsius)
Sunny. Maximum of 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius)
KEY RESULTS FOR TUESDAY
Women’s first round: No.1 Ash Barty defeated Bernarda Pera 6-4, 3-6, 6-2; No.13 Jennifer Brady defeated Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-3; No. 24 Coco Gauff defeated Aleksandra Krunic 7-6 (11), 6-4; The 32nd Ekaterina Alexandrova defeated Venus Williams 6-3, 6-1.
Men’s first round: Rafael Nadal, number 3, defeated Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (3); Jan-Lennard Struff beat No.7 Andrey Rublev 6-3, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 3-6, 6-4; Andreas Seppi beat No.20 Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-4; Number 24 Aslan Karatsev defeated Jenson Brooksby 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
STAT OF THE DAY
26 – Consecutive sets won at Roland Garros by Nadal, dating back to his victory in the 2019 final.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It was amazing. … I could feel their energy. – French player Gael Monfils, speaking of having more spectators allowed at the tournament as coronavirus restrictions have been relaxed somewhat; up to 5,000 per days are allowed in the field, an increase from last year’s limit of 1,000.