French Open 2021 LIVE - Swiatek, Medvedev, Federer and Serena in action at Roland Garros first round
French Open 2021 LIVE - Follow updates from across the day at Roland Garros with some big names in action. Defending champion Iga Swiatek opens up on Philippe Chatrier before we get to see GOATs Roger Federer and Serena Williams. The French Open is live on Eurosport. Watch every match live and ad-free on the Eurosport app and eurosport.co.uk.
It's also a bumper day for the Brits with Cameron Norrie, Jo Konta and Heather Watson in action across the day - but here we will focus on the main show court, which for the first time features a night game: Serena Williams against Irina Begu.
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That's it for our Day 2 coverage of the 2021 French Open. Be sure to log on from 11:00 BST for much more tennis!
Serena Williams may not have been anywhere near her best but she shows all her battling qualities to prevail on the first official night session in French Open history. The number seven seed serves out a tough encounter to 15 in straight sets after one hour and 42 minutes on Chatrier.
BREAK! - WILLIAMS 7-6 5-2 BEGU
There’s a slight sense of déjà vu about this. Serena breaks and it sees her take a 5-2 lead, just like in the first set. Can she serve it now and avoid the drama that ensued in that topsy-turvy opener? She’s been far from her best but is just the one game away from round two.
WILLIAMS 7-6 4-2 BEGU
Serena is finding some huge serves when under pressure and it’s usually on the deuce court. Begu refuses to budge though and corks a stunning forehand winner on the run down the line that even gets a clap from her opponent. There’s plenty of tension in the air as the game drags on until back-to-back misses from Begu help the number seven seed over the line.
WILLIAMS 7-6 3-2 BEGU
Serena just can’t find real consistency, particularly when trying to take charge of the rallies with more power and precision. Begu motors through a simple hold to 15 and remains in the hunt.
WILLIAMS 7-6 3-1 BEGU
That’s disappointing for Irina. She cranks up the heat as Serena struggles to find her first serve. The Romanian has a big chance to intensify the pressure and make deuce but slams a very make-able drive volley into the net. As a result, Serena stays in charge.
WILLIAMS 7-6 2-1 BEGU
Serena unloads a stinging crosscourt forehand to suggest she wants to get her teeth back into a game Irina is well on course to win. At 40-30 the nerves could jangle given what’s gone on in the last 10-15 minutes, but credit to the Romanian for re-focusing as she slams down a big serve to get on the board.
WILLIAMS 7-6 2-0 BEGU
That is much more like it from Serena on serve. She backs up the break with a love hold. Begu looking somewhat dismayed but don’t count her out just yet.
BREAK! - WILLIAMS 7-6 1-0 BEGU
Serena carries the TB momentum into the opener of Set 2. A superb backhand return tees up double break point and she duly converts on the second. The big question now is whether she can put a run of points together long enough to build a significant lead.
SET! - WILLIAMS 7-6 BEGU
What a celebration! Serena punches both arms in the air and turns to her support network in delight. She somehow takes the breaker 8-6, defending brilliantly with a deep lob before rushing to the net to thunder in another forehand drive volley.
That’s bold! Serena stares down the barrel at 6-4 down but wriggles free of danger for now as Begu nets a tame crosscourt approach before seeing a second set point wiped out by a brave drive volley from the No.7 seed. It's 6-6 at the second change of ends.
The breaker sums up the set. Serena blows hot and cold for much of it and there’s no real surprise it’s 3-3 at the change of ends.
BREAK! - WILLIAMS 6-6 BEGU
That’s typical grit from Serena. She refuses to cough up the set and battles hard to earn the break back opportunities. One goes begging when she cracks a shot into the net but she is soon shouting in delight when Begu slaps a forehand into the tramlines on the second. Time for a tie break!
BREAK! - WILLIAMS 5-6 BEGU
What a turnaround! That’s four games in a row for the world number 74 as she converts on the first of two break points with a driven forehand that is just too hot for Serena to handle. The three-time French Open champion is suddenly in a bit of danger here.
WILLIAMS 5-5 BEGU
Yet more frustration for Serena. Begu manages to turn a 0-30 situation around and is then under major pressure at deuce, but Williams can only slam a forehand attempt up the line into the net. It’s a let off for the Romanian and she takes full of advantage to level on the next point.
BREAK! - WILLIAMS 5-4 BEGU
That’s a look of real dismay. Serena just hasn’t been able to get comfortable for more than a few rallies. Begu’s getting good length and angles on her shots and making life difficult for the former world number one. The American doesn’t come close to a set point as Begu dominates and deservedly breaks back.
WILLIAMS 5-3 BEGU
That’s the best way to respond to the Serena shout. Begu romps through a love hold and poses the serve-out question.
WILLIAMS 5-2 BEGU
This time the number seven seed consolidates the break after a mini wobble from 40-15 up. She slams down a pair of aces from deuce and lets out that familiar roar. It’s a scream that has always had a dual purpose; to motivate herself and intimidate her opponent. Whichever way you look at it, when Serena channels that aggression it’s not usually a good sign for the person at the other end of the net.
BREAK! - WILLIAMS 4-2 BEGU
Superb work from Williams. She darts around the court before fizzing a stunning crosscourt forehand winner to the corner to break at the second time of asking. Begu had initially saved to make deuce with a well-placed serve down the T, but she had no answer to that.
BREAK! - WILLIAMS 3-2 BEGU
Remember the phrase ‘Bouncebackability?’ Well, Begu shows plenty of it here as she once again goes after the Williams serve and finally reaps her reward with a break to 15. Serena's defence under stress had been excellent up to this game, but this time she can't fend it off as she dumps a low slice into the net.
BREAK! - WILLIAMS 3-1 BEGU
After such a positive opening, it suddenly goes pear-shaped for the underdog. She opens the door with a double fault for 0-30 and Serena gleefully charges through it with a pair of trademark winners.
WILLIAMS 2-1 BEGU
Irina is causing Williams plenty of early problems here. She works her way to two break points but Serena resorts to clutch mode as the forehand fires at just the right moment to help her rattle through a series of points and stay on serve.
WILLIAMS 1-1 BEGU
Serena struggles to find her return game while Begu finds some big first serves. It’s a recipe for a convincing hold and so it proves.
WILLIAMS 1-0 BEGU
You can’t miss Serena in the vibrant green outfit. She looks the part but isn’t quite hitting all the right notes. Begu does enough to encourage herself when she can counter the power with movement, but can’t make enough inroads from deuce and Serena gets off the mark.
The 23-time major champions has arrived on court along with Begu. The Romanian's best run here came back in 2016 when she reached the fourth round. Time for the warm up.
Head to head
This will be the second meeting between the two players. Williams won the first in the semi finals of the 2016 Rome Masters by a 6-4 6-1 scoreline.
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Hello and welcome to our first official night session at Roland Garros 2021. There’s a megastar on show too as Serena Williams kick off her latest bid for a 24th major against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu.
Federer's return to Roland Garros has kicked off with an impressive win - and we've got another GOAT contender coming up in what will be the first official night session in the history of the French Open. It's 23-time Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams against Romanian world number 74, Irina-Camelia Begu. That match is set for 20:00 BST on Chatrier. Join us then for more game-by-game coverage.
GAME, SET AND MATCH! - FEDERER 6-2 6-4 6-3 ISTOMIN
A poor drop shot from Istomin concludes a one-sided contest as Federer marks his Grand Slam comeback with another break that secures a straight sets victory. The Swiss showed real variety and never looked in danger as he cruised into round two after just one hour and 33 minutes on court.
FEDERER 6-2 6-4 5-3 ISTOMIN
Federer continues to close in on victory. He’s one game away now. Istomin just hasn’t come close to stretching him or applying any sort of pressure on his service.
FEDERER 6-2 6-4 4-3 ISTOMIN
That is dogged play from Istomin. He has to battle to fend off two break points and gets a tad lucky when Federer is a whisker away from generating a third with a ridiculous hot dog attempt that just misses the baseline.
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FEDERER 6-2 6-4 4-2 ISTOMIN
Federer consolidates with a love hold. He really is applying considerable variety to the spins off both flanks. It’s great to watch and difficult for his opponent to get a read on.
BREAK! - FEDERER 6-2 6-4 3-2 ISTOMIN
There’s his move! Federer steps it up from 0-15 and produces a volleying masterclass to tee up triple break point. Istomin swats away two of them but Federer refuses to be denied and rifles a wonderful crosscourt forehand winner to make the breakthrough.
FEDERER 6-2 6-4 2-2 ISTOMIN
Federer’s radar goes offline for a couple of points at 40-0 but he manages to plug it back in to avoid any hassle and achieve parity.
FEDERER 6-2 6-4 1-2 ISTOMIN
Federer doesn’t seem keen to chase games. Once Istomin gets in front on his service, Fed is picking and choosing when to attack. He backs down on this occasion as the world number 204 eases to a love hold.
FEDERER 6-2 6-4 1-1 ISTOMIN
The man from Uzbekistan does try to engineer something special with a delicious backhand winner down the line to make 30-30 but Federer sweeps away any ideas of a potential break with a pair of rapid points to level.
FEDERER 6-2 6-4 0-1 ISTOMIN
The rapid pace of this match continues as Istomin gets Set 3 up and running with an efficient hold to 30. If he’s going to have any say this evening, he’s going to have to step it up sharp-ish on his return game.
SET! - FEDERER 6-2 6-4 ISTOMIN
Given how frustrated Federer was with his game in Doha and Geneva, this has been highly impressive up to this juncture. He seals a two-set lead with an ace and looks well on course for a place in round two.
FEDERER 6-2 5-4 ISTOMIN
Denis keeps Roger honest with a hold to 30 that poses the serve-out question to the Swiss.
FEDERER 6-2 5-3 ISTOMIN
The 20-time Grand Slam champion is looking razor sharp on serve. He charges through his own love hold. He’s been superb in most parts of his game, but his serving really has been excellent today.
FEDERER 6-2 4-3 ISTOMIN
Conservation of energy? Federer makes little impression on the return game after an ace sets Istomin on the way to a simple love hold.
FEDERER 6-2 4-2 ISTOMIN
Federer has barely been troubled on serve. He drops the first point here but rattles through the next four to stay on course.
FEDERER 6-2 3-2 ISTOMIN
That’s quite possibly Istomin’s best game of the contest. He allows himself a wry smile as he finally chases down a Federer drop shot to steer an acute pick-up back across the net. He then concludes the game to 15 with a rasping, wrong-footing forehand.
FEDERER 6-2 3-1 ISTOMIN
Denis continues to be flummoxed by the variety and vision of his opponent. Federer backs up the break with a hold to 15 and is clearly enjoying himself out on Chatrier.
BREAK! - FEDERER 6-2 2-1 ISTOMIN
Oh dear. Federer is playing well enough without Istomin handing him presents. It’s a break to love and the qualifier will be very disappointed with how little resistance he has offered.
FEDERER 6-2 1-1 ISTOMIN
This scribe can confirm that it remains a joy to watch Federer majestically move, nay, dance around the court. It’s like tennis ballet at times with his shot-making wowing the crowd over and over again. He finishes with a wicked deep slice, completely wrong-footing Istomin who thought he was shaping for another drop shot. The Swiss has been one step ahead so far this afternoon.
FEDERER 6-2 0-1 ISTOMIN
It’s a mixed bag from Denis with a wild backhand error and some difficulty defending Federer’s low slice causing him to fight hard to fend off four break points. He manages to do so with clutch play off the serve and forehand to avoid another instant setback and earn the scoreboard advantage.
SET! - FEDERER 6-2 ISTOMIN
That is some way to announce your return to the Grand Slam stage. A sixth ace and a deep wide delivery see Federer serve it out to 30 and take a one-sided opener in just 22 minutes.
BREAK! - FEDERER 5-2 ISTOMIN
This is top-class tennis from Federer. He hits back from 30-0 down by bewitching Istomin with a couple of drop shots. He shows no signs of any rustiness with the knee – or for the age of 39 – as he chases down a pick-up from his opponent to guide the ball down the line from a position far on his right. Istomin coughs up a BP with shocker of a timid slice that barely makes the net. Federer then punishes him by charging into the net to lash a clinical pass beyond him. The Swiss Maestro will now serve for the set.
FEDERER 4-2 ISTOMIN
Wow, that’s just sensational. Federer takes a step back and plays a forehand drop shot from deep that completely bamboozles Istomin. It’s a delightful way to cap a perfect hold. The 2009 RG champion has barely put a foot wrong so far.
FEDERER 3-2 ISTOMIN
Well, that went by in a blur. Istomin rushes through a love hold to stay firmly in touch.
Switzerland's Roger Federer arrives at the Philippe Chatrier court for his men's singles first round tennis match against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin on Day 2 of The Roland Garros 2021 French Open tennis tournament in Paris
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FEDERER 3-1 ISTOMIN
Federer is serving well and varying the height and spin on his shots. He seems to be enjoying being back on court of this size again after a couple of lower level outings since his comeback.
FEDERER 2-1 ISTOMIN
The world number 204 from Uzbekistan gets himself on the board with a hold to 30.
FEDERER 2-0 ISTOMIN
It’s like he’s never been off the big stage. Federer looks fleet-footed and is striking the ball beautifully early doors. He finally misses with a forehand just long at 40-0 but follows up with a big, wide serve to consolidate with ease.
BREAK! - FEDERER 1-0 ISTOMIN
That’s the perfect start for the Swiss! It’s all about Istomin to begin with as he sandwiches an ace with a pair of double faults. Fed finally gets to play and delights the crowd with a sublime crosscourt drop shot before claiming an instant break with a swashbuckling forehand winner.
Head to head
This will be their eighth meeting with Federer winning the previous seven. They last locked horns at the 2019 Australian Open when Fed-Ex triumphed 6-3 6-4 6-4. They have never faced each other on clay before.
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GAME, SET AND MATCH! - MEDVEDEV 6-3 6-3 7-5 BUBLIK
He’s done it! Daniil Medvedev wins a singles match at Roland Garros for the first time ever at the fifth time of asking. The Russian world number two serves it out to love in just one hour and 54 minutes. Could he yet show some clay-court form and go deep in this tournament? It remains to be seen, but that is a very positive step for a man who claims to hate the red dirt.
BREAK! - MEDVEDEV 6-3 6-3 6-5 BUBLIK
That’s a huge turnaround and Bublik only has himself to blame. He scuffs a shocking slice backhand that drops way short of the net and 30-0 quickly becomes 30-30. He then follows a second serve ace with a double fault to highlight once again just how unpredictable his game can be. Medvedev chooses his moment to stretch off court and produce a wonderful crosscourt return to snare break point and Bublik fires into the net under pressure to leave his opponent to serve for the match.
MEDVEDEV 6-3 6-3 5-5 BUBLIK
Medvedev follows up a double fault with a timely ace and quickly makes short work of the game from there to level matters after it appeared that the set was slipping away.
BREAK! - MEDVEDEV 6-3 6-3 4-5 BUBLIK
That’s a disaster for Bublik. He fires down back-to-back double faults, fearlessly – and perhaps stupidly in hindsight – going for big second serves with the game on the line. Medvedev breaks back without having to do too much work.
BREAK! - MEDVEDEV 6-3 6-3 3-5 BUBLIK
Hold the phone! Bublik cranks it up a couple of gears and unloads some splendid backhand winners to grab a massive break at the third time of asking. He will now serve for the set.
MEDVEDEV 6-3 6-3 3-4 BUBLIK
That’s wonderful serving from Bublik. It’s clutch play from 0-30 as an underarm serve catches Medvedev out before a powerhouse serve down the middle T and a wide ace see him nudge the board once more.
MEDVEDEV 6-3 6-3 3-3 BUBLIK
Routine is the word for that. No worries for Daniil as he storms to thumping hold to 15.
MEDVEDEV 6-3 6-3 2-3 BUBLIK
Close call! Medvedev almost has the breakthrough but Bublik saves the BP with a sizzling winner that touches the net en route to its destination. The Kazakhstani player then finds two timely aces as he gets out of dodge from deuce.
MEDVEDEV 6-3 6-3 2-2 BUBLIK
Given that he’s the second seed, there’s very much a chance that Medvedev could play his way into finding some rhythm on this surface in what many perceive to be the kinder side of the draw. RG is different in terms of space to move around the court and that may suit him slightly better too. He's surely going face tougher tests than what Bublik is offering, but he’s looking very comfortable today. He eases to a game to 15 to level once more.
MEDVEDEV 6-3 6-3 1-2 BUBLIK
Alex leans on his serve as a pair of Medvedev winners make life a touch uncomfortable before he edges the game to 30 to keep his nose in front in the fledgling moments of Set 3.
MEDVEDEV 6-3 6-3 1-1 BUBLIK
Medvedev’s radar is working a treat. He nails two stunning winners right to the depth of the baseline on his way to a routine game to 15 that gets him on the board. A straight-sets wins here would do his confidence and belief the world of good. Can he stay in the zone?
MEDVEDEV 6-3 6-3 0-1 BUBLIK
The world number 37 opens Set 3 with a solid hold to 30 but there is some fun midway through. The pair charge in to face off at the net and there’s a scream to put each other off. Both players laugh and then Bublik follows up with a crunching body serve. It makes for one of the more enjoyable games of the contest and hopefully there’s more of that to come and Bublik can make more of match of it.
SET! - MEDVEDEV 6-3 6-3 BUBLIK
The Russian stays rock solid as he secures it on his fourth set point after Bublik skied a miscued forehand on the back of a lengthy rally. It’s all rather serene from Medvedev. No drama or teenage-style monologues here.
MEDVEDEV 6-3 5-3 BUBLIK
The world number two applies the heat with some devilish returning but Bublik refuses to bend on this occasion. He saves two set points with some resilient work and now has one last chance to bite back.
MEDVEDEV 6-3 5-2 BUBLIK
The flow of the wind on to court favours Bublik and he sets about trying to force another break to get back on serve. He comes close too, but can’t take advantage of a BP and Medvedev’s sustained big-hitting drags him through from deuce. He’s one game away from a two-set lead.
BREAK! - MEDVEDEV 6-3 4-1 BUBLIK
Where did this come from? Bublik drags himself off the canvass and manages to snare a break back. He outlasts the Russian in a lung-busting rally on break point to finally offer some resistance.
BREAK! - MEDVEDEV 6-3 4-0 BUBLIK
Wow. Medvedev corks a sublime forehand return to break to 15 and take complete control of this match. “Clay? Can I just stop you there… I love clay, despite what I said earlier…”
MEDVEDEV 6-3 3-0 BUBLIK
Too good. Medvedev flashes a pair of winners and an ace as he consolidates at a canter.
BREAK! - MEDVEDEV 6-3 2-0 BUBLIK
Oh dear. Bublik double faults on a massive point once again after staving off the first of two break points. Many were expecting Bublik to really test Daniil here, but it’s been rather straight-forward so far.
MEDVEDEV 6-3 1-0 BUBLIK
Medvedev is too solid for Bublik right now. Strange to say that given his travails on clay but he’s staying consistent and forcing his opponent to go for bigger shots that have unfortunately resulted in a growing count of errors.
SET! - MEDVEDEV 6-3 BUBLIK
That’s disappointing for Bublik. He smiles as he saves two of three set points with some big forehands but then double faults to hand the opener to the Russian. He started well but faded badly and Medvedev takes Set 1 after 31 minutes.
MEDVEDEV 5-3 BUBLIK
No danger there. Medvedev is serving well now. Another ace and a trademark winner ease him to a hold to 15. He’s well on course to take this opener after that awkward start.
MEDVEDEV 4-3 BUBLIK
Alex needed that. He stops the rot and reduces the leaks from his racket with an ace and some steady serving. It's been far from a classic, but Medvedev won't care so long as he keeps his nose in front.
BREAK! - MEDVEDEV 3-2 BUBLIK
That’s a shocker from Bublik. He also double faults again but his is ill-timed as it tees up triple break point. Medvedev only needs one of them as he steers a winner into the open, right flank of his opponent’s court to take charge.
MEDVEDEV 2-2 BUBLIK
That’s much more like the power and authority from the back of the court that we are used to seeing from Medvedev on a hard surface. There’s a third double fault that he needs to start cutting out, but it comes at 40-0 and he swiftly completes the hold and levels seconds later.
BREAK! - MEDVEDEV 1-2 BUBLIK
Talking of double faults, Bublik has his own costly wobble and we are back on serve. The world number 37 throws one in to cough up two break points and despite saving one, he can’t deny the No.2 seed an immediate response. It could be an important moment for Daniil’s attitude and belief.
BREAK! - MEDVEDEV 0-2 BUBLIK
There’s an early test of Daniil’s interest here as he immediately falls triple break point down. He recently described playing on clay as being in the dirt like a dog, but there’s no show of petulance just yet as he fends all three off. However, some double fault demons plague him as he loses the initiative from advantage with a couple that sandwich a pearl of a backhand winner from Bublik.
MEDVEDEV 0-1 BUBLIK
A pair of aces do a lot of the heavy lifting for Bublik as he kicks off with a hold to 30. No real concerns for the Kazakhstani player, who did make the last eight of the Madrid Masters recently.
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Next up on Court Philippe Chatrier, it’s the world number two, Daniil Medvedev. The Russian has made no secret of his dislike for clay but can he learn to love it over the course of this fortnight? Alexander Bublik will hope not. The world number 37 from Kazakhstan will be aiming to produce a major upset.
GAME, SET AND MATCH! - SWIATEK 6-0 7-5 JUVAN
The reigning champion marks her birthday with a straights victory over her best friend but it was far from routine in that second set. Juvan looked on course to force a tie break but was pegged back from 40-0 and managed to save three match points before finally succumbing. Iga moves through after one hour and 27 minutes. Time to enjoy her birthday!
SWIATEK 6-0 6-5 JUVAN
The world number nine is feeling the pressure out there. She digs deep to save two break points with Juvan a whisker away with a forehand pass up the line. It’s stubborn work from the Pole as she lures an error just long to guarantee the minimum of a tie break. Juvan will be so frustrated. She’s had some big chances in the latter part of this set.
SWIATEK 6-0 5-5 JUVAN
There’s no doubt the world number 101 is relishing the task now. She unleashes another sumptuous drop shot on her way to a confident game for the loss of one point. Could she nick this set and make things very tricky for the reigning champion?
SWIATEK 6-0 5-4 JUVAN
Swiatek is doing what’s required here. She’s staying calm and content to get involved in a fight. She outlasts her opponent with a plucky hold to 30 to crank up some heat. Juvan must serve to stay in the contest.
SWIATEK 6-0 4-4 JUVAN
This set remains in the balance. There’s no doubt Juvan is causing her friend problems with some smart patterns and ability to disguise her drop shots. She digs out a hold to 30 and you do wonder if nerves played a role in the way she was dismantled in that opener.
SWIATEK 6-0 4-3 JUVAN
That’s an important hold for Swiatek. A double fault and a sublime drop shot from Juvan threaten to make things interesting at 30-30. Swiatek wins a pulsating, lengthy rally to regain the momentum in the game and then lashes a winner down the Slovenian’s left wing to nudge the board in her favour.
SWIATEK 6-0 3-3 JUVAN
All square. Swiatek blows two break points and will be particularly disappointed about missing the second as she snatched at a crosscourt return when trying to give the treatment to a weak serve. The Pole can’t regain the ascendancy from there and some fine length and timely, big serving helps Juvan to consolidate and level.
BREAK! - SWIATEK 6-0 3-2 JUVAN
What a superb response! Kaja is posing the world number nine far more problems in this set. She sees a first break point of the match snatched away by a brilliant one-two punch but when the second comes along from deuce she manages to outfox the Pole with a deft face-off at the net. Back on serve.
BREAK! - SWIATEK 6-0 3-1 JUVAN
Kaja has contributed far more already in this set but it’s still not going to be enough. She’s very much in a blockbusting rally at 30-30 but then throws in a tame dropshot that floats harmlessly into the lower part of the net. It gets worse seconds later as a double fault gifts her pal the break.
SWIATEK 6-0 2-1 JUVAN
It seems like Kaja has turned up late here, but she blows her opportunity to make an important impression on this second set. The Slovenian fires long at 0-30 and then groans in dismay as she hooks two backhands out of court to enable Iga to seal the hold.
SWIATEK 6-0 1-1 JUVAN
That will feel so much better! Juvan finally gets off the mark. Iga’s level drops with two avoidable mistakes but a low smash to back up some crunching forehands proves key as the world number 101 takes the game to love.
SWIATEK 6-0 1-0 JUVAN
Kaja finally gets a winner on the board with a raking forehand down the line to pose a question at 30-30. Swiatek responds with a lovely, wrong-footing crosscourt backhand and maintains her charge when her opponents sweeps wide off the same flank.
SET! - SWIATEK 6-0 JUVAN
A simple return winner down the line sees Swiatek break to love and help herself to a lunchtime bagel. It was as one-sided as it comes on tour. Iga flashed 10 winners while Kaja failed to clock up one. Hard to see any issues for the birthday girl as she looks to begin the defence of her title with a statement win.
SWIATEK 5-0 JUVAN
Iga complicates matters for herself with a double fault and a poorly-executed drop shot but she resorts to Plan A at 40-30 and unloads a fizzing forehand to move within a game of taking the set. One-way traffic here.
BREAK! - SWIATEK 4-0 JUVAN
That’s brutal. Who needs enemies with friends like Iga? All kidding aside, the Pole is a cut above here. She surges back from 30-0 down, claiming the double break by following up a sizzling return with an ice-cold forehand at the net.
SWIATEK 3-0 JUVAN
This is already racing away from Kaja. She’s trying to fend off the onslaught but not really able to find many solutions. Swiatek consolidates with a thumping love hold.
BREAK! - SWIATEK 2-0 JUVAN
The Swiatek forehand wreaks havoc on Kaja’s defences with a blistering drive volley teeing up two break points. The Slovenian manages to stave off both but then blazes a rushed backhand well wide after appearing to be in charge of the rally. Iga lets her off the hook with a poor return off a second serve but a clinical overhead and then a woeful backhand miss from Juvan means the No.8 seed breaks at the fourth time of asking.
SWIATEK 1-0 JUVAN
A quick-fire hold kicks things off in style for the birthday girl.
It's a battle of the best friends today but Swiatek won't be expecting any on court gifts from her pal on what is the Pole's 20th birthday. They have only met once before on tour, with Swiatek winning 2-6 6-2 6-1 at the Gippsland Trophy earlier this year.
Welcome to Day 2 of Roland Garros 2021. First up on Chatrier, we’ve got reigning champion Iga Swiatek against Slovenian world number 101, Kaja Juvan. The players are due on court shortly.