Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

French Open 2018: Simona Halep beats Alison Riske to reach second round

French Open 2018: Simona Halep beats Alison Riske to reach second round

Nadal was two sets up but 3-0 down in the third as the pair resumed on Tuesday afternoon after their first-round match was delayed due to rain. Nadal saved four break points in the eighth game of the final set, including one with a ferocious trademark cross-court forehand victor.

Nadal, once again the overwhelming favorite on his preferred surface after claiming clay titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome, trailed 6-3 in the tiebreaker but fended off Bolelli's chances in impressive fashion: The top-ranked Spaniard hit an ace, a backhand volley and a crosscourt victor in succession.

Yuki Bhambri's maiden appearance at the French Open ended with a first round defeat even as Rohan Bopanna began his men's doubles campaign with an easy win along with French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Nadal, bidding for an 11th title in Paris and his 17th major, next faces Argentina's Guido Pella for a place in the last 32.

"She (Riske) played really well in the first set and I knew I just had to start getting some balls in and be more aggressive". Simone played very aggressively.

The Russian appeared to be cruising at 6-1 3-1 ahead but Holland's Richel Hogenkamp suddenly had her on the ropes, taking the second set and racing 3-0 ahead in the decider.

Sharapova, seeded 28th, missed the 2016 tournament while serving a doping ban and failed in her bid to secure a wildcard entry into last year's event.

Sharapova, the 28th seed, will face Croatia's Donna Vekic in the second round.

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Serena Williams made a winning return to Grand Slam tennis which was as memorable as her body-hugging black catsuit when she reached the Roland Garros second round on Tuesday.

Williams was later making her comeback to Grand Slam tennis following the birth of her daughter in September.

Three of her Slam titles have come in Paris - in 2002, 2013 and 2015 - and longtime coach Patrick Mouratoglou has no doubt that Williams is capable of adding a fourth.

"I'm ready for tomorrow, I feel strong in my legs", Halep, runner-up previous year, said on court.

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov eased to a 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Australian John Millman in his first ever main-draw French Open match. I have always loved playing here.

Third seed Garbine Muguruza also went through, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Things then got much worse for Sharapova.

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