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French Open 2021 Day 2 Highlights: Naomi Osaka Withdraws; Federer, Medvedev and Swiatek Get Easy Wins

French Open 2021 Day 2 Highlights: Naomi Osaka withdrew as Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev and Iga Swiatek got easy wins in their opening round clashes.

News18 Sports | May 31, 2021, 23:47 IST

French Open 2021 Day 2 Highlights: Naomi Osaka took to social media to announce that she is withdrawing from the French Open following the bitter fall-out from her decision to boycott all media activity. Roger Federer beat Denis Istomin 6-2 6-4 6-3 in the first round. Daniil Medvedev defeated Alexander Bublik in straight sets as Iga Swiatek also got off to her title defence beating Kaja Juvan quite easily in the first round. Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be headlining the second day of Roland Garros, after an action-packed day 1 in Paris. In the women’s draw, Iga Swiatek, Bianca Andreescu, Elise Mertens, Sofia Kenin, Belinda Bencic, Garbine Muguruza and Serena are the top seeds in action. In the men’s draw, the top seeds in action are Daniil Medvedev, Federer and David Goffin. Follow all the updates with News18 Sports’ as we track all the results throughout the course of the day.

Here are the matches the above-mentioned names will play on Day 2 of the second Grand Slam tournament of the year:

Kaja Juvan vs Iga Swiatek, Bianca Andreescu vs Tamara Zidansek, Storm Sanders vs Elise Mertens, Sofia Kenin vs Jelena Ostapenko, Nadia Podoroska vs Belinda Bencic, Garbine Muguruza vs Marta Kostyuk, Serena Williams vs Irina-Camelia Begu; Alexander Bublik vs Daniil Medvedev, Denis Istomin vs Roger Federer, Lorenzo Musetti vs David Goffin

May 31, 2021 23:47 (IST)
Best Thing for The Tournament! Naomi Osaka Withdraws from French Open

Naomi Osaka took to social media to announce that she is withdrawing from the Roland Garros.

May 31, 2021 23:42 (IST)

Naomi Osaka said Monday she is withdrawing from the French Open following the bitter fall-out from her decision to boycott all media activity.

 
May 31, 2021 22:27 (IST)
 

That's that! 4th seed Sofia Kenin of the United States beats Ukraine's Elina Ostapenko 6-4 4-6 6-3.

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May 31, 2021 21:52 (IST)

United States's Sofia Kenin took the first set but Ukraine's Elina Ostapenko has got it back at 6-4, 4-6.

All to play in the third set now...

May 31, 2021 21:38 (IST)

Roger Federer gets the job done quite comfortably, beating Denis Istomin 6-2 6-4 6-3 in the first round.

Federer produced more than twice as many winners as unforced errors — 48 to 20 — and never faced a break point while improving to 8-0 against Istomin over their careers.

Federer had two operations on his right knee last year.

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May 31, 2021 21:34 (IST)

Sorana Cirstea beats Johanna Konta 7-6 (5) 6-2 in the first round.

May 31, 2021 21:03 (IST)

United States's Sofia Kenin storms back to take the first set Ukraine's Elina Ostapenko 6-4. 

On the other hand, Switzerland's Belinda Bencic has pocketed the first set at love against Argentina's Nadia Podoroska!

May 31, 2021 21:00 (IST)

Denis Istomin is finding it hard against the magician who goes by the name of Roger Federer

The Swiss Maestro leads 6-2, 6-4.

May 31, 2021 20:48 (IST)

Johanna Konta loses the first set 7-6 (5) against Sorana Cirstea.

May 31, 2021 20:30 (IST)

Roger Federer takes the first set 6-2 against Denis Istomin 

May 31, 2021 20:22 (IST)

Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek defeated Bianca Andreescu of Canada, who is seeded sixth, 7-6(1) (2)6-7 9-7!

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May 31, 2021 19:39 (IST)

Russia's Daniil Medvedev defeats Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik 6-3, 6-3,7-5 in the men's singles first round. 

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May 31, 2021 18:46 (IST)
French Open 2021: Roland Garros 'Mocks' Naomi Osaka on Social Media after Fine

Roland Garros tweeted a photo of players at the French Open press conference with the caption - 'They understood their assignments'.

May 31, 2021 18:18 (IST)

Jannik Sinner of Italy beats France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-1 4-6 (4)6-7 7-5 6-4. 

May 31, 2021 18:08 (IST)

United States's Steve Johnson defeats compatriot Frances Tiafoe (5)6-7 3-6 6-4 6-2 6-1!

May 31, 2021 17:57 (IST)

Iga Swiatek started her French Open title defence with a straight-sets win over her good friend Kaja Juvan in the first round on her 20th birthday.

The Pole, who powered to a surprise triumph last year at Roland Garros, won 6-0, 7-5 against her Slovenian opponent.

"You never know what's going to happen and I've never been a defending champion, even in the smallest tournaments, so I didn't know what to expect," said Swiatek, who was presented with flowers on court after the match for her birthday.

Swiatek will face either Sweden's Rebecca Peterson or American Shelby Rogers in the second round. 

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May 31, 2021 17:39 (IST)

Italy's Jannik Sinner bags the 4th set against Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France.

It's all to play with the score reading 6-1 4-6 (4)6-7 7-5!

May 31, 2021 17:16 (IST)

Poland's Iga Swiatek beat Slovenia's Kaja Juvan 6-0 7-5 in the first round!

May 31, 2021 16:56 (IST)

Pierre-Hughes Herbert leads Jannik Sinner 6-1,4-6, 6-7 (4) after losing the first set. 

May 31, 2021 15:55 (IST)

Iga Swiatek is off to a stunning start to her title defence at Roland Garros. She has bageled Juvan in the first set.

May 31, 2021 15:11 (IST)

Some beautiful visuals of French Open preparations and area around!

May 31, 2021 15:10 (IST)

Jannik Sinner has already taken the first set against Herbert while Querrey vs Isner is expectedly neck-and-neck. In the women's games, Kiki Bertens is on the verge of losing the first set to Hercog, Upset Alert!

May 31, 2021 14:48 (IST)

MATCHES THAT HAVE BEGUN:

Women's Singles: Kaia Kanepi vs Marketa Vondrousova, Rebecca Peterson vs Shelby Rogers, Alize Cornet vs Harmony Tan, Kiki Bertens vs Polona Hercog, Madison Brengle vs Maria Camila Osorio Serrano

Men's Singles: Jannik Sinner vs Pierre-Hughes Herbert, Sam Querrey vs John Isner, Steve Johnson vs Frances Tiafoe, Maximilan Marterer vs Filip Krajinovic, Francisco Cerundolo vs Thiago Monteiro

May 31, 2021 14:23 (IST)

Daniil Medvedev has not enjoyed his time at clay so far, which makes for an interesting campaign upcoming for him at the French Open.

May 31, 2021 13:53 (IST)

Mats Wilander is backing Iga Swiatek!

May 31, 2021 13:51 (IST)

Hello and welcome to News18 Sports' live blog on the second day of French Open 2021. Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be headlining the day while Iga Swiatek begins her title defence and Daniil Medvedev will be in action too.

French Open 2021 Day 2 Highlights: Naomi Osaka Withdraws; Federer, Medvedev and Swiatek Get Easy Wins
French Open 2021 Day 2 LIVE Updates (Photo Credit: Reuters)

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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