ROLAND GARROS, Paris
Day one emotions complicated the issue
[CR3] Simona Halep defeated [CR91] Evgeniya Rodina 7-5, 6-4. Not as easy as Halep would have expected. She struggled on serve, especially when she had the lead and was visibly upset throughout the match. Rodina made her work to earn the victory.
[CR70] Mirjana Lucic-Baroni defeated [CR64] Lauren Davis 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Lucic-Baroni continues to have her own internal battles; however, today she managed to regain her focus in the third set to overcome some resistance from Davis.
[CR9] Ekaterina Makarova defeated [CR114] Louisa Chirico 6-4, 6-2. A little nervous tension in the second set and she was broken twice; however, she calmed the nerves and avoided a third set because Chirico was even more nervous than she was.
[CR5] Kei Nishikori defeated [CR123] Paul Henri-Mathieu 6-3, 7-5, 6-1. Nishikori briefly lost his concentration in the second set and Henri-Mathieu took advantage to win five games. A lucky shot off the net rescued Nishikori in the second set and Henri-Mathieu’s will was broken in the third.
No day one jitters
[CR9] Stan Wawrinka defeated [CR82] Marsel Ilhan 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
[CR2] Roger Federer defeated [CR111] Alejandro Falla 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.
[CR23] Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated [CR90] Go Soeda 6-1, 6-0, 6-2.
[CR21] Garbine Muguruza defeated [CR155] Petra Martic 6-2, 7-5.
Seeded players that said adieu in the first round
[CR58] Marcos Baghdatis defeated [CR26] Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4. Baghdatis has been ranked as high as number 8 and he led their head-to-head coming into this match; thus, his defeat of Karlovic was not unexpected, despite the fact that he is the much lower ranked player currently.