French Open 2012: Day 1 wrap
Day 1 at Roland Garros saw many top seeds go through comfortably to the second round including star Australian Samantha Stosur.
Stosur was clinical in the first match on centre court, thrashing Scot Elana Baltacha 6-4 6-0 in exactly one hour where she clubbed an excellent 32 winners.
Elsewhere on the women’s draw Ana Ivanovic, Sveltana Kuznetsova and Angelique Kerber all won convincingly, while in her comeback Grand Slam match from illness Venus Williams was forced to do it the hard way grinding out a 4-6 6-1 6-3 victory over Argentinean qualifier Paula Ormaechea to secure her passage to the second round.
With none of the top four Men’s players in action on Day 1, Juan Martin Del Potro and Jo Wilfred Tsonga took up the spotlight on centre court. Both were forced into tough four set battles against the likes of Spaniard Alberto Montanes and Russian rising star Andrey Kuznetsov before both secured their places in the second round.
Fernando Verdasco, Marin Cilic, Stanislas Wawrinka and Juan Carlos Ferrero all survived their first round matches, however that was not the case for Andy Roddick and Jurgen Melzer with both men exiting the tournament on day 1 at the hands of Nicolas Mahut and Michael Berrer respectively, which provided the tennis world with a small dose of day 1 upsets.
Samantha Stosur wasn’t the only Aussie in action on Day 1, with Casey Dellacqua and Anastasia Rodionova also flying the Australian flag at the French capital. Dellacqua put up a good fight against World number 21 Sara Errani before going down in a tight three set match.
Rodionova was the centre of controversy on Court 1 after refusing to shake the umpire’s hand after the match. Throughout the match Rodionova was pestering the umpire for what she thought were bad line calls (which were nearly all correct) and this is believed to be the reason for Rodionova’s public refusal to shake the umpire’s hand. She was booed off the court by the French fans after her 5-7 7-6 6-4 defeat to Frenchwoman Matilde Johansson.
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