Svitolina breezes past Shvedova at French Open

Elina Svitolina

British number one Johanna Konta suffered a shock defeat by world number 109 Hsieh Su-wei in the first round of the French Open.

Konta raced through the first set but then got bogged down in a battle and became thoroughly frustrated as Taiwan's Hsieh ground out a 1-6 7-6 (2) 6-4 victory.

She will now head back to the United Kingdom and hope for more success in the grass-court season. Juan Martin del Potro made a successful return to Roland Garros after a five-year absence, setting aside injury concerns to sail through 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 against fellow Argentine Guido Pella.

Andy Murray is now playing against Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.

Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine moved past Russian Yaroslava Shvedova in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

To try and allay her nervousness, Hsieh joked with her coach that she was too anxious to play. Svitolina will next face Tsvetana Pironkova after she beat Mona Barthel 6-0 6-4.

Kyrgios kept his emotions in check to outclass Germanys Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 and claim his spot in the second round.

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"I really felt that growth-wise and even level-wise I did improve with every single point, game, and set, and match that I played throughout the season".

The Taiwanese won seven points in a row to take the tie-breaker, and was the first to break in the deciding set. I had to fight for every point otherwise she would hit a victor or open the court. Going into the French Open, expectations for the 20-year-old were very high and were dashed on a day of upsets.

His best result at the French Open was reaching the semifinals in 2009, just months before he won his Grand Slam title in NY.

But from unpromising beginnings she turned things around on Court Philippe Chatrier to win 1-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 and reach the second round here for only the second time.

The match was originally played on Monday but was suspended because of darkness.

Back on the court where he completed his career Grand Slam, Djokovic showed no sign of the crisis of confidence that has affected his game since winning the French Open a year ago.

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