Burel, first night!
Clara Burel went through all the emotions Monday evening on court n ° 7. On the verge of defeat against the experienced Dutchman Arantxa Rus, the Rennaise found the means to return a match that she should have won much more easily. Finally winner in three sets (6-7, 7-6, 6-3), the 19-year-old signed her very first Grand Slam victory, with only two participations to her credit, and at Roland Garros where she was playing his first rmatch in a large table.
Burel won this stuck duel, but she almost lost it in a frustrating way. Ahead in the first set, she led 5-2, then 5-1 in the tiebreak, before collapsing and racing behind. In the second act, she lost her break in advance to 3-1, before finding herself two points behind the loss at 6-5, 30-0 for Rus who was used to win the match. Four fouls and a rifle forehand passing finally got him the tie-break.
And the music was not the same after obtaining this second set (7 points to 1 in the tie-break). Despite a debreak conceded at 3-2 in the last act, the hope made a terrific end to the game to seek his qualification for the second round. All of these emotions were well worth a “long live Brittany“, balanced by one – among the rare – spectator present on court n ° 7.
She will face a player of her generation, the Slovenian Kaja Juvan, who crushed Angelique Kerber (6-3, 6-3). The two young women know each other well. Juvan beat Burel in the Youth Olympic Games final in October 2018 in Buenos Aires. Two years later, reunion with Roland.
The brand new dad Pierre-Hugues Herbert started his Roland-Garros nicely. The Alsatian took the upper hand in three sets over Michael Mmoh (6-3, 6-2, 6-3) and barely more than two hours of play on court 14. He seemed to put up with this rather well. heavy clay which, on paper, does not serve its offensive interests. But P2H has done well.
Mmoh, from qualifying, struggled to get into his match and it wasn’t until the start of the 3rd set that the American started to really bother Herbert. But the latter, after having been domineering, was opportunistic to break in the 7th game before flying away for good. Next opponent? A certain Alexander Zverev …
Gaston opens his major counter
Hugo Gaston made his Grand Slam debut last January at the Australian Open, where he lost in four sets to Jaume Munar. This time, the young 20-year-old Frenchman (he celebrated them no later than Saturday) took the leap by scoring his first success in a Major. Facing his compatriot Maxime Janvier, Gaston made his very good hand speak to win in three sets, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3. The two players had benefited from an invitation to join the big table. Gaston will face in the next round the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka, surprise winner of Félix Auger-Aliassime.
Cornet with authority
Alizé Cornet, 52nd player in the world, qualified for the second round of Roland Garros by beating her compatriot Chloé Paquet (185th) in two sets (6-3, 6-2), in an hour and a half, Monday evening on the Philippe-Chatrier court. Eighth in the US Open three weeks ago, Cornet will face China’s Shuai Zhang (39th world) for a place in the third round.
“It’s been a long day, when we play late at night. We lose a lot of influx like that. I think I handled the score well and I’m relieved it’s over“, commented Cornet (30), who twice reached the round of 16 on Parisian ocher.
Monfils and Moutet had a bad day
The world No. 8 took the door after a four-set loss to Lenglen (6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3).
For his part, Moutet lost a completely insane marathon against the Italian Lorenzo Giustino. .
The Frenchman really doesn’t like clay. Le Ile-de-France took the door in the first round after a one-way match won by Spaniard Albert Ramos Viñolas (6-4, 6-3, 6-0) on court no.7. In twelve participations, “Manna” has won only three times at Porte d’Auteuil.
Rinderknech frustrated by Bedene
It’s also over for Arthur Rinderknech. The 162nd in the world, in full rise for several months, could not do anything against Aljaz Bedene in the first round, a match which was his first Grand Slam at 25. More experienced, the Slovenian won in four sets (6-2, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4). The Frenchman, who failed to build on the win in the second set, fought well in the last two sets.
No feat for Dodin
It took a feat. But the conditions were not met. Between a capricious weather and an almost empty Central, Océane Dodin was unable to overturn the table against Petra Kvitova. The seeded number 7 started better but also finished better with a much better managed end of the second set, from experience. More realistic and more offensive when needed, the Czech, semi-finalist in 2012, continues her journey in these French Open. In the next round, she will challenge Aliona Bolsova or Jasmine Paolini.