French Open 2021 Day 3 Highlights: Ashleigh Barty defeated American Bernarda Pera 6-4, 3-6, 6-2in the first round. Rafael Nadal got a 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory over Alexei Popyrin. Venus Williams lost 6-3, 6-1 to Ekaterina Alexandrova. In the women’s draw, Jennifer Brady, Maria Sakkari, Ons Jabeur, Elina Svitolina got victories with Karolina Muchova, Coco Gauff and Karolina Pliskova still to play. In the men’s draw, the top seeds in action are Gael Monfils, Andrey Rublev, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Matteo Berrettini, Diego Schwartzman, Nadal and Djokovic. 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 3 of the second Grand Slam tournament of the year:
Anastasija Sevastova vs Jennifer Brady, Maria Sakkari vs Katarina Zavatska, Oceane Babel vs Elina Svitolina, Barty vs Bernarda Pera, Andrea Petkovic vs Karolina Muchova, Coco Gauff vs Aleksandra Krunic, Karolina Pliskova vs Donna Vekic; Albert Ramos-Vinolas vs Gael Monfils, Jan-Lennard Struff vs Andrey Rublev, Andreas Seppi vs Felix Auger-Aliassime, Matteo Berrettini vs Taro Daniel, Diego Schwartzman vs Lu Yen-hsun, Nadal vs Alexei Popyrin, Djokovic vs Tennys Sandgren
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.