Harris levels the opening set at 1-1 with minimal fuss. The South African pushes Norrie around the court, leading to a couple of errors on the stretch.
Cameron Norrie takes the first game to love. Norrie serves and starts in confident fashion with some fine forehands on the way to the opening point of the match. Harris hits one long to conclude the first game. Not a bad start for the Brit.
Cameron Norrie is about to take on Lloyd Harris over on Court 11. Will the British interest in the singles continue after today?
Monfils wins the second set 6-2! Monfils serves for the set but gives up the first point by whacking a backhand into the net. He makes up for it with a superb backhand down the line to give Ymer no chance. Monfils seals the set with a fine serve down the middle. That was a very different set to the first one, that’s for sure.
Ymer brings out some power hitting to bring it back to 5-2 in the second set. He completes the game by knocking the ball into open space after Monfils stretches to return a shot.
Monfils makes it 5-1 with a delightful backhand shot that has plenty of spin on it. It is all looking very easy from here on in for Monfils.
How I dream of lunch. In the split second between Luke departing for his foie gras and horseradish and me starting, Monfils moved to 4-1.
I’m off for a spot of lunch, and will now leave you in the capable hands of Will Unwin. Bye for now.
Monfils moves 3-1 up in the second set. His fiancée Elina Svitolina, who won in two sets against Ann Li on this very court earlier today, is watching on with interest from the stands – and looking rather concerned at Monfils’ condition just at the moment. Like Ash Barty earlier on, Monfils is seeing and hitting the ball just fine, but he is not moving nearly as well as he’d like to be.
So far today in the women’s singles: Pegula (28), Kenin (4), Muchova (18), Svitolina (5), Jabeur (25) and Kostyuk have all advanced into the third round.
In the men’s, Berrettini eased through against Coria in straight sets, with seven other matches currently under way, including Diego Schwartzman’s – the 10th seed has taken the first set 6-4 against the Slovenian Aljaž Bedene.
Ymer wins the third game of the second, and Monfils leads 2-1. That game included one phenomenal rally, featuring a couple of inspired moments of defence from the young Swede. Eurosport cut to a quick ad break, after which we may know more about Monfils’ physical condition … and the 34-year-old Frenchman seems to be good to go.
Here’s our news story on Ash Barty’s withdrawal a few minutes ago. The world No 1 and 2019 Roland Garros champion is out of the French Open, having carried a hip injury into that match with Magda Linette:
Monfils breaks in the first game of the second set! The Frenchman is finally on the board, and wins that game including the longest rally of the match, a 24-shot affair. However, he seems to stretch somewhat gingerly at the changeover, appearing perhaps to be testing out a calf muscle.
Monfils is back on court following a check by the medics. It is not clear what’s wrong, but his mobility was clearly hindered in that first set. Ymer took the first set 6-0, now will he encounter stronger resistance from the French hopeful in the second?
Ymer wins the first set, 6-0. Is Monfils injured? I guess we will find out in the next few minutes, if he has a problem of some sort. He has a problem on the scoreboard, that is for sure.
Monfils is taking a medical time-out, and while he’s waiting, Ymer gets some ice on his legs.
Elsewhere in the men’s singles: Kohlschreiber has taken the first set against Karatsev, 6-3, while Diego Schwartzman (10th seed) is currently 5-3 to the good in the first set against Aljaž Bedene.
Make that 5-0 to Ymer. Monfils needs to think about regrouping for the second set.
Ymer moves 4-0 up on Monfils in the first set! It looks like Monfils, the 34-year-old, can kiss goodbye to the first set. Ymer is ranked 105 and Monfils is ranked 15, so this would amount to a hell of an upset if the 22-year-old Swede can stay on top of his vastly experienced opponent.
An accomplished win for the Italian, seeing off his Uruguyan opponent in straight sets. The men’s ninth seed is safely into the third round.
Now, our friends at Eurosport have switched to coverage of the men’s singles and Mikael Ymer’s second-round clash with Gaël Monfils, who is seeded 14. The Swedish 22-year-old Ymer has Monfils firmly on the back foot right now, 3-0 and a break up in the first set!
“Over the course of their lives, people who are managing mental illness learn in the most debilitating, exhausting way that engaging with a distressing situation doesn’t snap you out of distress. It locks you into it.”
Here is Van Badham on Naomi Osaka and the Japanese player’s Roland Garros withdrawal following her stated intention not to speak to the media during the tournament:
In case you missed it, here is Tumaini Carayol’s report from yesterday’s action, including Serena Williams’s three-set success against Mihaela Buzarnescu:
Ash Barty retires! Magda Linette is through: 6-1, 2-2!
It’s all over. What a shame for the world No 1 Barty. She was hitting the ball well enough, but clearly her mobility was too much of an issue with the hip injury, and she has decided that enough is enough. Barty took a medical time-out between sets and that appeared to have helped her cause: the 25-year-old was striking her serves more powerfully at the start of the second set. But her Roland Garros campaign is over for another year. Joy for Magda Linette, who performed admirably in the first set to take it 6-1, and there were warm words from Barty at the net after she called time on the match.
Barty winds up a couple of powerful forehands. The Australian’s power is too much for Linette, on that occasion – and now Barty finds a deep backhand return to force 30-30 on the Pole’s serve. Linette, however, moves 40-30 up and then ends the game with an ace … but Barty retires!
Barty is striking her serves powerfully enough, and wins her latest service game to move 2-1 up in the second set. Linette’s level seemed to drop a bit there – the Polish player needs to shake off any lingering effects of the medical time-out for Barty and re-find her first-set form.
Karolina Muchova – seeded 18 – has seen off the challenge of Varvara Lepchenko in straight sets: 6-3, 6-4.
Linette holds her own serve against Barty now, including a couple of aces. There is a noticeable lack of intensity in the match, a lack of rhythm, which is only to be expected given Barty’s physical struggles. The Eurosport commentators observe that Barty is trying to keep the points as short as possible and reduce the stress on that hip injury.
Barty holds serve comfortably – appearing to move a little more comfortably, too – and now leads 1-0 in the second set. Linette will serve with new balls.
On Court 7, Philipp Kolschreiber is under way against Aslan Karatsev, the Australian Open finalist.
Barty’s back on court, meanwhile, and the second set against Linette has begun.
A medical time-out for Barty now. Worrying times for the Australian world No 1. She is being taken off the court. Not looking good.
Last year’s beaten finalist, Sofia Kenin (4), has now beaten Hailey Baptiste: 7-5, 6-3, and she moves into the third round.
Meanwhile the Italian Berrettini, in the men’s singles, is two sets to the good against Coria of Uruguay: 6-3, 6-3.
And here’s a Twitter video of Elina Svitolina spinning to victory against Ann Li.
Magda Linette wins the first set against Ash Barty, 6-1. Barty is clearly in some discomfort – and did not try to hide the fact, pre-tournament, that she is not 100 per cent fit.
Linette leads Barty 5-1! Barty has been significantly troubled by her hip injury, according to the commentators on the telly, and the Polish player Linette will now serve for the first set. Linette, who comes from Poznan in western Poland, is ranked 45, in case you were wondering.
The 28th-seed Jessica Pegula has just closed out a 6-3, 6-3 win against Tereza Martinicova and she is into the third round. Ons Jabeur, the 25th seed, has defeated Astra Sharma 6-2, 6-4. Jabeur will be waiting for Barty in the third round if Barty wins her second-round match in which she currently trails 4-1.
Eurosport are now going to join the action on Philippe-Chatrier, where the No 1 seed Ash Barty is currently 3-1 down against her Polish opponent Magda Linette. That means we are going to join the action there, too, in case you were wondering, and of course I’ll try to stay across all the other scores as much as possible.
By the way, you can email me or tweet me with your thoughts on the action if you like: Email here, or tweet @LukeMcLaughlin. C’est bon.
Elina Svitolina defeats Ann Li, 6-0, 6-4!
Ann Li is ranked 75, and will feel she missed a big chance here against the world No 6: there is no doubt she had Svitolina on the ropes at 4-1 up in the second set. But the fifth-seeded Ukrainian fought back in style and she moves into the third round. Li played some tremendous stuff there, and it was all the more eye-catching after she was blown away in the first set. Positives to take out of that for Li.
A horrid mishit from Li, and Svitolina suddenly has two break points. She wins the first one thanks to a positive, attacking return, and she’s now 5-4 up and about to serve for the match. It looks like Li’s fightback is over, unless she can find something special in the next game.
Svitolina eventually wins her service game! We are now at 4-4 and the Ukrainian has reminded Li that she is still very much up for this battle. Li wasted a couple of break points there but still has every chance of forcing a deciding set.
Absolutely stunning stuff from Li, a searing forehand winner down the line, which forces her second break point of the game. She is targeting Svitolina’s second serve consistently. But she hits long on the next point, and we’re back to deuce.
Svitolina’s power and precision is starting to tell again, and Li has made a couple of bad errors including double-faulting in her previous service game. However, Li grinds out an excellent point to force deuce on Svitolina’s serve in this eighth game of the second set …
Svitolina breaks! Thanks to a double fault from Li, it’s back to 4-3 in the second. A significant blow for the fifth-seeded Ukrainian but still plenty of work for her to do.
What else? Kenin is 3-0 up on Baptiste in their second set, while the world No 1 Ash Barty has just started her match against Magda Linette on Philippe-Chatrier.
Li spices up the longest rally of the match with a sliced backhand. Svitolina, clearly feeling the heat from her reinvigorated opponent, subsequently butchers a deep forehand return a few shots later, sending it tamely wide. Both players are seeing the ball nicely now, finding their groove, and the rallies are warming up. Svitolina looks noticeably stressed between points, all the more so having been in such firm control in the first.
The Svitolina of the first set looked set to reappear and dominate her service game – Li fought back to 40-30 – but then coughed up an easy chance for Svitolina to make it 4-2 in this second set.
In the men’s, Kwon Soon-woo wins his first set against Seppi, 6-4.
Elsewhere: Kenin (seeded fourth) fights her way to a 7-5 set victory against Baptiste, while Muchova takes the first, 6-3, against Lepchenko.
Li wins her service game from deuce and goes 4-1 up in the second. It’s hard to overstate how well the American has done to fight back into this match. I said it would be a massive surprise to see anything other than a straight-sets win for Svitolina, and it appears we’re in for a massive surprise.
Li sweetly strikes a couple more impressively deep forehands to create a point-winning chance, with a seemingly easy smash to finish, but she sends it long and it’s 30-30 on her service game. Still, what is so impressive is how Li has taken control of most of these exchanges after being blown away in the first set.
Elsewhere in the women’s singles: Ons Jabeur of Tunisia(25 seed) takes her first set against Astra Sharma, 6-2, while Jessica Pegula has taken the first set 6-3 against the Czech Tereza Martinicova.
Svitolina, meanwhile, steadies the ship and gets a foothold in the second set, which Li now leads 3-1.
Wow! A long rally of crushing ground strokes from both players ends with a stunning drop-shot winner by Li, stretching to her right. Svitolina, suddenly, is ashen-faced and battling for every point.
It’s 3-0 Li! She looks a different player, with the confidence to craft and shape her shots around the court, in stark contrast to the first set, when she was blown away by Svitolina. Lovely stuff.
“So this is going to be 6-0, 0-6, 7-6,” quips the commentator, before remembering that there isn’t a tie-break in the third …
Ann Li, suddenly, is firmly in this match. She breaks for 2-0, striking the ball with authority throughout that service game from Svitolina. There was an aggressive, precise backhand return winner and another sumptuous forehand, and this is a really impressive recovery from the 20-year-old American.
Berrettini, seeded ninth, takes that first set against Coria, 6-3.
The Italian Berrettini (9) is well on the way to winning the first set against Coria in the men’s singles, forcing a break point at 5-3 up.
Li, meanwhile, is on the board! She holds serve and leads 1-0 in the second set against Svitolina. Well played.
Svitolina wins the first set against Li, 6-0, closing it out with an immaculate service game. It would be a massive surprise to see anything other than a regulation straight-sets win for Svitolina, the fifth-seeded Ukrainian.
Li – who is 20, and was born somewhere pleasingly named ‘King of Prussia’ in Pennsylvania – has now established herself in this match to some extent. She just forced a couple of game points on her serve, and impressively saved a couple of break points too, but her opponent eventually wore her down, and has created a 5-0 first-set lead. Very, very strong stuff from Svitolina: one crushing double-handed backhand down the line was particularly eye-catching there. But Li does at least have something to work with now in the second set. Svitolina is now serving for the first set.
Svitolina 4-0 up against Li: it’s one-way traffic at the moment.
Elsewhere in the women’s singles, Sofia Kenin (4) and Hailey Baptiste are 2-2 in their first set, Karolina Muchova (18) is 2-1 up on Varvara Lepchenko.
Matteo Berrettini (9) leads Federico Coria 3-2 in their men’s singles second-round encounter while Kwon Soon-woo and Andreas Seppi are on serve at 1-1.
Elina Svitolina (fifth seed) is taking care of business against Ann Li: She has roared into a 3-0 first-set lead, with a double break of serve, in double-quick time. Li tries a subtle drop, but gets it horribly wrong, which sums up how this first set has gone for the American so far.
Might today prove to be Roger Federer’s last stand at Roland Garros? With all due respect to his opponent, Marin Cilic of Croatia, most of us will be hoping not. Federer defeated Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in straight sets on Monday, an encouraging return to grand-slam action following a knee injury, while Cilic eased past Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech to set up today’s second-round meeting, which begins at 3pm.
Plenty to keep us all occupied before that, of course: Novak Djokovic will be in action from 1.30pm, against Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay. This morning, Sofia Kenin is about to get her match against Hailey Baptiste under way, while Elina Svitolina has just kicked off against Ann Li on Court Suzanne Lenglen, and Ashleigh Barty faces Magda Linette of Poland from 11am on Philippe-Chatrier. This evening, there is the small matter of Rafael Nadal v Richard Gasquet in the men’s singles. I’ll bring you as much detail on all the action as humanly possible until 6pm or so: Let’s go!
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