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May 25, 2015

Coric leads teenage assault on Roland Garros

PARIS (Reuters) – Croatian Borna Coric and Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis led the teenage contingent in the men’s draw at the French Open on Monday but American Frances Tiafoe’s debut proved a brief one.

Coric, who plays with a maturity way beyond his years and is already in the world’s top 50, beat experienced American Sam Querrey in four sets while wildcard Kokkinakis, one of his country’s exciting brigade of young guns, battled past Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, also in four.

May 25, 2015

Tennis-Coric leads teenage assault on Roland Garros

PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) – Croatian Borna Coric and Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis led the teenage contingent in the men’s draw at the French Open on Monday but American Frances Tiafoe’s debut proved a brief one.

Coric, who plays with a maturity way beyond his years and is already in the world’s top 50, beat experienced American Sam Querrey in four sets while wildcard Kokkinakis, one of his country’s exciting brigade of young guns, battled past Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, also in four.

May 25, 2015

Sharapova back in groove, Berdych powers through

PARIS (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova got back in the groove at her happiest hunting ground with the Russian opening her bid for a third French Open title with a 6-2 6-4 win over Kaia Kanepi on Monday.

The claycourt convert, champion last year and in 2012 and runner-up in 2013, went through her usual routines to great effect to ease through into the second round with few alarms.

May 25, 2015

Tennis-Sharapova back in groove, Berdych powers through

PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova got back in the groove at her happiest hunting ground with the Russian opening her bid for a third French Open title with a 6-2 6-4 win over Kaia Kanepi on Monday.

The claycourt convert, champion last year and in 2012 and runner-up in 2013, went through her usual routines to great effect to ease through into the second round with few alarms.

May 25, 2015

Tennis-Berdych begins title quest, Cornet survives

PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) – Tomas Berdych’s long march in search of a maiden grand slam title continued with a straightforward first-round victory at Roland Garros on Monday as the French Open moved up a gear after Sunday’s opening skirmishes.

The 29-year-old Czech powerhouse, boasting a top-four seeding at a major for the first time in his career, brushed aside Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0 7-5 6-3 — so avoiding a sixth first-round fall at the French Open.

May 25, 2015

Berdych begins title quest, Cornet survives

PARIS (Reuters) – Tomas Berdych’s long march in search of a maiden grand slam title continued with a straightforward first-round victory at Roland Garros on Monday as the French Open moved up a gear after Sunday’s opening skirmishes.

The 29-year-old Czech powerhouse, boasting a top-four seeding at a major for the first time in his career, brushed aside Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0 7-5 6-3 — so avoiding a sixth first-round fall at the French Open.

May 25, 2015

Suarez Navarro lurking as dark horse at Roland Garros

PARIS (Reuters) – When potential dark horses were being discussed before this year’s French Open the name of Carla Suarez Navarro cropped up frequently and she looked every bit a serious challenger with an easy first round win on Monday.

The diminutive Spaniard with a classical claycourt game and killer single-handed backhand dismissed Romania’s Monica Niculescu 6-2 6-2 to continue her recent hot streak.

May 25, 2015

Tennis-Suarez Navarro lurking as dark horse at Roland Garros

PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) – When potential dark horses were being discussed before this year’s French Open the name of Carla Suarez Navarro cropped up frequently and she looked every bit a serious challenger with an easy first round win on Monday.

The diminutive Spaniard with a classical claycourt game and killer single-handed backhand dismissed Romania’s Monica Niculescu 6-2 6-2 to continue her recent hot streak.

May 24, 2015

Colourful Federer’s mood darkened despite easy win

PARIS (Reuters) – Roger Federer enlivened a routine day at the office with a violet and pink outfit and a several dabs of brilliance to launch another French Open quest but his mood darkened after a security breach on Sunday.

The evergreen Swiss was in full control against Colombia’s Alejandro Falla, marking the start of his 62nd consecutive appearance at a grand slam tournament with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory on court Philippe Chatrier.

May 24, 2015

All roads lead to Rafa for Djokovic, says Courier

PARIS (Reuters) – Favourite Novak Djokovic will not be unduly alarmed by the prospect of facing defending champion Rafa Nadal in the quarter-final of the French Open, according to twice winner Jim Courier.

Serb Djokovic has been virtually unplayable this year, amassing a 35-2 win-loss record including the Australian Open title and Masters 1000 triumphs at Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome, and has a golden chance to complete his career grand slam in Paris.