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French Open 2021 Day 1 Highlights: Thiem Knocked Out by Andujar, Osaka Threatened With Disqualification,

French Open 2021 Day 1 Highlights: It is Thiem's first opening-round exit at Roland Garros and the first time he has failed to reach at least the quarter-finals of the tournament since 2015.

News18 Sports | May 31, 2021, 00:02 IST

French Open 2021 Day 1 Highlights: World number two Naomi Osaka let her racquet do the talking at the French Open on Sunday when she reached the second round with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) victory over Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig. However, fourth seed Dominic Thiem blew a two-set lead and slipped to a “very tough” first-round loss at the French Open against Spanish veteran Pablo Andujar.

Here are the matches the above mentioned names will play on Day 1 of the second Grand Slam tournament of the year:

Patricia Maria Tig vs Naomi Osaka, Anhelina Kalinina vs Angelique Kerber, Greet Minnen vs Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka vs Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Konjuh vs Aryna Sabalenka; Pablo Andujar vs Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori vs Alessandro Giannessi, Karen Khachanov vs Jiri Vesely, Grigor Dimitrov vs Marcos Giron, Alexander Zverev vs Oscar Otte, Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Jeremy Chardy

May 31, 2021 00:02 (IST)

Meanwhile, Victoria Azarenka has prevailed over Svetlana Kuznetsova, the Belarusian won the match 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. She now faces teenager Clara Tauson of Denmark in the next round

May 30, 2021 23:59 (IST)

Since this tweet, Oscar Otte has won the third set and is currently tied at 2-2 in the third. Is French Open going to witness another upset right on the first day?

May 30, 2021 22:53 (IST)

In front of a very engaged and lively crowd, Kei Nishikori beats qualifier Giannessi 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. The match lasterd for four hours, three minutes

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May 30, 2021 21:44 (IST)

Pablo Andujar's efforts impressed Ravichandran Ashwin as well. Great first day at  the French Open indeed Ash!

May 30, 2021 21:34 (IST)

Meanwhile, Third seed Aryna Sabalenka moved into the second round of the French Open with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Ana Konjuh.

May 30, 2021 21:30 (IST)

What a win over Thiem for the 35-year-old Spaniard!

May 30, 2021 21:28 (IST)

Pablo Andujar scripts a memorable comeback victory over Dominic Thiem.

Fourth seed Dominic Thiem blew a two-set lead to be dumped out of the French Open in the first round. The 35-year-old Andujar staged a remarkable comeback to defeat the two-time Roland Garros runner-up 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 after almost four-and-a-half hours on Court Philippe Chatrier.

May 30, 2021 21:18 (IST)

Dominic Thiem is struggling in the match now, as the 35-year-old Spaniard is testing his limit. The Austrian has missed a couple of shots now due to disbalance. However, Addujar didn’t hesitate as he held his nerve and is now just two games away from a huge win

 Andujar 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 4-2

May 30, 2021 20:47 (IST)

Japanese star Naomi Osaka was Sunday threatened with disqualification from the French Open if she continues her media boycott

May 30, 2021 20:45 (IST)

Pablo Andujar's comeback is complete, the Spaniard has won the fourth set 6-4 to take the match to fifth set.

May 30, 2021 20:18 (IST)

Elena Vesnina earns the first singles win of her comeback, firing 32 winners out of her 57 points won to beat Olga Govortsova 6-1, 6-0 in the first round of Roland Garros!

May 30, 2021 19:43 (IST)

Petra Kvitova has made it to the second round. She lost the first set to her Greet Minnen but made a good comeback and win the match in 2 hrs and 16 minutes

May 30, 2021 19:39 (IST)

Pablo Andujar take the third set 6-3 after some fearless tennis. after the first two sets it looked like Thiem was on his way to the second round but the Spaniard had other plans.

May 30, 2021 19:31 (IST)

Meanwhile, Danielle Collins won he first match back after undergoing endometriosis surgery. Up against Chinese qualifier Wang Xiyu, she won 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the second round. FULL STORY HERE

May 30, 2021 19:21 (IST)

Pablo Andujar is playing some fearless tennis despite being 0-2 down in the match. He now leads Thiem 3-2 in the third set.

May 30, 2021 19:04 (IST)

It is really nice to see fans back!

May 30, 2021 19:02 (IST)

Dominic Thiem bags the second set 7-5. The Austrian had once raced onto a 2-0 lead in the set but Andujar made a comeback and gave the Austrian a hard time as the set got tied for 5-5.

May 30, 2021 18:55 (IST)

From 30-0 up, Thiem allows Andujar back into the game and it costs him a break!

May 30, 2021 17:54 (IST)

Dominic Thiem bags the first set 6-4 with a walloping forehand winner

May 30, 2021 17:34 (IST)

Well, Dominic Thiem's campaign has indeed begun. The Austrian is leading in the first set 3-2 against Spain's Pablo Andujar. Fourth seeded Thiem with his flawless movement is frustrating Andujar a bit. But Andujar just saved six break points from Thiem to make it 2-3.

May 30, 2021 17:13 (IST)

Here are other few results of Day 1 of French Open

May 30, 2021 16:39 (IST)

Second seed Naomi Osaka has booked her spot in the second round of the French open overcoming Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig 6-4, 7-6(4).

May 30, 2021 16:36 (IST)

Former world number 1 Angelique Kerber's French Open journey has come to a premature end as she lost her first round tie against to Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina 2-6, 4-6

May 30, 2021 16:33 (IST)

Meanwhile, Spaniard Paula Badosa has advanced to the next round of the French Open with a hard-fought 6-2, 7-6 win over America's Lauren Davis

May 30, 2021 16:02 (IST)

Naomi Osaka in action on Day 1 of the French Open at the Philippe Chatrier.

May 30, 2021 15:31 (IST)

Naomi Osaka takes the first set of her first round women's singles match against Patricia Maria Tig. Osaka has broken Tig in the second game of the set but serving for set at 5-3, she got broken back. However, she broke Tig immediately after to take the first set 6-4.

May 30, 2021 15:29 (IST)

Tig breaks back Osaka when the Japanese was serving for the first set and this is where it gets interesting on clay for the world No.2. Now Tig will be serving to level up the first set while Osaka will look to break and take the set.

Tig 🎾 Tennis Racquet and Ball Emoji 4-5 Osaka

May 30, 2021 15:11 (IST)

Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, who both start their French Open campaign on Sunday, practiced together.

May 30, 2021 15:00 (IST)

Osaka has got the first break of the match in the second game. So far Osaka has looked in the zone and has been very solid from the baseline.

May 30, 2021 14:50 (IST)

Earlier in the day, the French Open singles defending champions Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek practiced together!

French Open 2021 Day 1 Highlights: Thiem Knocked Out by Andujar, Osaka Threatened With Disqualification,
Pablo Andujar beats Dominic Thiem (Image: Twitter)

Rafael Nadal’s attempt to a record-extending 14th title at Roland Garros will be in focus over the coming fortnight. However, it won’t be easy for the third-seeded Spaniard, as world No.1 Novak Djokovic and fellow 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer are in the same part of the men’s draw. The draw is such that the three most successful players in the history of the men’s game will be on a collision course, which means no more than one of them can reach the final. The trio won 17 of the last 20 Grand Slam titles between them and they will be challenged by the likes of Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev along the way.

In the women’s draw, reigning champion Iga Swiatek will defend her title just seven months after winning it, on account of last year’s Covid-delayed start. The iconic Grand Slam will also see second seed Naomi Osaka making a comeback after missing it last year. She could take on American great Serena Williams in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, Serena will be eyeing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title.

When and where will the French Open 2021 be played?

The French Open 2021 main-draw action begins on Sunday, May 30 and will run until Sunday, June 13, in Paris, France.

Where do I watch the matches live on television?

The year’s second Grand Slam will be telecasted live on Star Sports Select network. The matches will start at 9:30 PM IST (6:00 PM local time) every day.

Where can I watch the live streaming of the matches?

The action can also be streamed LIVE on Disney+ Hotstar in the sub-continent.

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