GB’s Evans earns first French Open win on birthday

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Dan Evans returns a ball at the 2022 French Open
Dan Evans is making his fifth look within the French Open fundamental draw
Dates: 22 Might-5 June Venue: Roland Garros, Paris
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Britain’s Dan Evans earned his first win on the French Open to rejoice his thirty second birthday in type.

Evans had misplaced his 4 earlier first-round matches at Roland Garros, however ended that run with a 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 6-4 win over Argentine Francisco Cerundolo.

Earlier, British males’s primary Cameron Norrie earned a battling win in opposition to French wildcard Manuel Guinard.

Emma Raducanu began her opening match after Norrie’s win, whereas Heather Watson and Harriet Dart misplaced.

Evans, seeded twenty ninth, clinched victory with a shocking backhand winner down the road after which launched right into a jubilant celebration that confirmed how a lot breaking the barren run meant to him.

Having exchanged breaks within the opening set, three errors from Cerundolo and an Evans winner gave the Briton a 4-0 lead within the tie-break, which he secured with a neat passing backhand.

Evans claimed two early breaks within the second set, and whereas the Argentine battled again to interrupt within the fifth recreation, the British participant held three service video games to take a two-set lead earlier than sealing his place within the subsequent spherical in type.

After sweeping the crimson dust together with his hand, the British quantity two did a golf swing together with his racquet as his household and help workers congratulated him from the stands.

Evans will play Mikael Ymer within the second spherical after the Swede beat Australia’s James Duckworth 6-2 6-4 6-2.

Norrie aiming to ‘tick field’ of reaching second week

Cameron Norrie
Cameron Norrie has by no means reached the second week of a Grand Slam

Norrie, seeded tenth, has shot up the world rankings, however has nonetheless by no means gone previous the third spherical at a serious.

Whereas not initially at his greatest in opposition to Guinard, Norrie outlasted his opponent to win 7-5 6-2 6-0 on the Paris clay.

After an excellent couple of years on the ATP Tour, Norrie is trying to switch his nice kind right into a deep Grand Slam run.

Norrie, 26, received his second tour title of the season in Lyon on Saturday and is hoping to take that momentum into the French Open.

“I’ve to be affected person with the clay. After I’m enjoying nicely I can like it, however once I’m not I’ve moments the place I am not,” the world quantity 11 mentioned.

“It feels actually good to win at the moment. It will be the primary time I’ve made the second week of a Slam and I might prefer to tick that field.”

Regardless of having fun with loads of success in Lyon, reaching the ultimate final 12 months and the semi-finals in 2018, Norrie has discovered the circumstances at Roland Garros more durable to crack.

The opening phases of the match in opposition to Guinard, an unheralded participant ranked 158th on the planet and making his Grand Slam debut aged 26, required persistence.

Prolonged video games characterised a gap set that lasted nicely over an hour, with errors fairly than high quality ending the factors.

Norrie pinched the pivotal break when Guinard – panting closely between the lengthy factors – hit a double fault for 6-5 and allowed Norrie to serve out.

Three breaks of serve at the beginning of the second set have been tipped in favour of Norrie, who then moved 5-1 forward earlier than finally sealing a two-set lead together with his fourth alternative.

Endurance is one in every of Norrie’s strengths – alongside together with his forehand from a technical perspective – and each qualities got here to the fore within the ultimate set.

“The primary set was a battle and I needed to grasp in there,” mentioned Norrie. “However I used to be in a position to maintain my depth and my stage.

“Within the third set he dropped barely, I went up a bit bit extra and was in a position to unencumber my forehand.”

Watson, who turned 30 final week, was unable to achieve the second spherical for the sixth time in her profession.

The British girls’s quantity two, ranked 103rd, misplaced 6-3 6-3 in opposition to French wildcard Elsa Jacquemot, who’s 215th on the planet.

Making her main-draw debut at Roland Garros, 25-year-old Dart was overwhelmed 6-0 6-2 by Italy’s Martina Trevisan.

Dart battled exhausting however 28-year-old Trevisan, who reached the Roland Garros quarter-finals in 2020 and received her first WTA tour title in Rabat final week, was too scientific in the important thing moments.

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