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French Open 2021 Day 3 Highlights: Ash Barty and Rafael Nadal Bag Wins; Venus Williams Out

French Open 2021 Day 3 Highlights: Ashleigh Barty and Rafael Nadal posted wins in their first-round clashes as Venus Williams crashed out.

News18 Sports | June 02, 2021, 00:06 IST

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

Jun 02, 2021 00:06 (IST)

Venus Williams was runner-up at Roland Garros against her sister 19 years ago but has now lost her opening match at the clay-court major for the fourth year in a row.

The American veteran's 24th appearance at the French Open ended in a 6-3, 6-1 defeat against Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia.

Jun 01, 2021 23:57 (IST)

Gael Monfils said tennis needed Naomi Osaka back on court after the Japanese player withdrew from the French Open amid a row over her media duties and revealed she had been struggling with depression.


Jun 01, 2021 23:39 (IST)
Grand Slams Pledge to 'Create Meaningful Improvements' after Naomi Osaka Row

Naomi Osaka withdrew from Roland Garros after she was fined and threatened with expulsion for refusing to carry out press conferences

Jun 01, 2021 23:18 (IST)

Matteo Berrettini defeated Taro Daniel 6-0, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Jun 01, 2021 22:17 (IST)

Rafael Nadal was pushed to the limit but the 'King of Clay' persists against Alexei Popyrin. 

He wins his first-round clash 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (3).


Jun 01, 2021 21:13 (IST)

Rafael Nadal bags the second set as well and looked in much more control against Australia's Alexei Popyrin.

The Spaniard leads 6-3, 6-2.

Jun 01, 2021 21:06 (IST)

20th seed Felix Auger Aliassime losses to Andreas Seppi after a tight fight. 


Jun 01, 2021 20:38 (IST)

The King of Clay! Rafael Nadal takes the first set albeit after some resistance from Australia's Alexei Popyrin, 6-3!

Jun 01, 2021 20:30 (IST)

Andrey Rublev lost to Jan-Lennard Struff 3-6, 6-7(6/8), 6-4, 6-3, 4-6 in the first round clash!


Jun 01, 2021 20:19 (IST)
Petra Kvitova Out of French Open after Press Conference Ankle Injury

Petra Kvitova suffered a freak ankle injury after she fell at the press conference, forcing her to pull out of the French Open.

Jun 01, 2021 20:06 (IST)

Gael Monfils beat Albert Ramos Vinolas 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-4!

The crowd are on their feet...

Jun 01, 2021 19:33 (IST)

This court is very close to my heart. It’s so nice to play here in front of fans, you make it enjoyable for players. Thank you very much.” She is asked about her decision to go on the road during the Covid and stands by it, speaking with family every day.


Jun 01, 2021 19:29 (IST)

She's done it!

Ashleigh Barty survives a mighty scare as she overcomes Bernarda Pera 6-4, 3-6, 6-2!

Jun 01, 2021 19:24 (IST)

Here are the French Open results on the third day:


1st rd

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) bt Ugo Humbert (FRA x29) 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

Alex De Minaur (AUS x21) bt Stefano Travaglia (ITA) 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)

Marco Cecchinato (ITA) bt Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4

Mikael Ymer (SWE) bt Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) 6-4, 0-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

Aslan Karatsev (RUS x24) bt Jenson Brooksby (USA) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4


1st rd

Astra Sharma (AUS) bt Irina Maria Bara (ROM) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2

Ons Jabeur (TUN x25) bt Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 7-5, 6-2

Fiona Ferro (FRA) bt Liang En-shuo (TPE) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4

Jennifer Brady (USA x13) bt Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 6-3, 6-3

Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) bt Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2

Ann Li (USA) bt Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 6-0, 6-1

Elina Svitolina (UKR x5) bt Océane Babel (FRA) 6-2, 7-5

Maria Sakkari (GRE x17) bt Katarina Zavatska (UKR) 6-4, 6-1

Jasmine Paolini (ITA) bt Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 7-5, 6-1

Jun 01, 2021 19:02 (IST)

Mikael Ymer beats Carballes Baena 6-4, 0-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

Jun 01, 2021 19:01 (IST)

United States's Bernarda Pera takes Ashleigh Barty to the third set as she bags the second 6-3!

Jun 01, 2021 18:32 (IST)
French Open 2021: Rohan Bopanna and Franko Skugor Enters Second Round

Rohan Bopanna and Franko Skugor defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili and Andre Begemann 6-4 6-2 to book their place in French Open.

Jun 01, 2021 18:27 (IST)

Ricardas Berankis shocks 29th seed Ugo Humbert in a keenly contested 4-setter!

Jun 01, 2021 18:25 (IST)

Hometown hero Gael Monfils wins the second set 7-6 (8-6) against Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas after losing the first set -16. 

The fourteenth seed is bouncing back!

Jun 01, 2021 18:19 (IST)

Australia's Ashleigh Barty takes the first set 6-4 against United States's Bernarda Pera.

Jun 01, 2021 18:07 (IST)
Naomi Osaka's French Open Withdrawal: Other Sports Stars to Suffer with Depression

Here are six other sportspeople who also struggled with depression.

Jun 01, 2021 17:25 (IST)

Fifth seed Elina Svitolina defeated qualifier Française Oceane Babel 6-2, 7-5.


Jun 01, 2021 16:40 (IST)

France’s Fiona Ferro beats beaten Liang En-shuo 

Jun 01, 2021 15:54 (IST)
Naomi Osaka Receives Support After French Open Withdrawal, Reveal on Bouts of Depression

NBA star Stephen Curry came out in support of Naomi Osaka fiercely while Victoria Azarenka also had an interesting take following the Japanese's withdrawal from the French Open.

Jun 01, 2021 15:45 (IST)

Elina Svitolina is in action now! She is already 2-0 up against Babel.

Jun 01, 2021 15:22 (IST)
'I Wish I Could Give Her a Hug': Serena Williams 'Feels' for Naomi Osaka After Her French Open Withdrawal

Serena Williams said she has experienced some "very difficult" press conference herself and she "feels for" Naomi Osaka.

Jun 01, 2021 15:08 (IST)


Men's Singles: Yasutaka Uchiyama vs Marco Cecchinato, Mikael Ymer vs Roberto Carballes Baena, Alex de Minaur vs Stefano Travaglia, Ricardas Berankis vs Ugo Humbert

Women's Singles: Jasmine Paolini vs Stefanie Vogele, Maria Sakkari vs Katarina Zavatska, Yulia Putintseva vs Ons Jabeur, Irina Bara vs Astra Sharma, Liang En-shuo vs Fiona Ferro, Ann Li vs Margarita Gasparyan, Anastasija Sevastova vs Jennifer Brady

Jun 01, 2021 14:21 (IST)

Roland Garros is prepared for the third day!

Jun 01, 2021 14:16 (IST)

Hello and welcome to News18 Sports' live blog on the third day of the French Open 2021 in Paris. Ashleigh Barty, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be headlining the third day.

French Open 2021 Day 3 Highlights: Ash Barty and Rafael Nadal Bag Wins; Venus Williams Out
French Open 2021 Day 3 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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