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Miami 2012 - Serena Williams 6

Notes from Roland Garros - day three


Bitesize bits from day three at the French Open…

Big win
Virginie Razzano. We’ve seen it so many times. Serena Williams look a little off-key, only to resurrect herself and plough on, to her plucky opponent’s detriment. But Virginie Razzano, who lost her fiancée a year ago, battled holding the lead, losing it, holding it, seeing it look like it might be taken away from her, cramp, you name it, to hand Serena her first-ever first-round loss at a Grand Slam. After seeing seven match points go awol, some through her own misses, others through Serena’s extraordinary-ness, Razzano finally converted on the eighth. What a match.

Wasting no time
Maria Sharapova. The world No 2, on a clay streak after claiming titles in Stuttgart and Rome, dealt Alexandra Cadantu a double bagel, or ‘bicycle’, as the French call it, before one had time to get a grand crème.

Cruising on through
Richard Gasquet, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Dmitry Tursunov, Denis Istomin, Robin Haase, Grigor Dimitrov, Nicolas Almagro, Eduardo Schwank, Jarkko Nieminen, Florian Mayer, Francesca Schiavone, Petra Kvitova, Urszula Radwanska, Kaia Kanepi, Maria Kirilenko, Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Arantxa Rus, Heather Watson, Melinda Czink, Julia Goerges, Klara Zakopalova, Caroline Wozniacki, and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova all won in straight sets.

No, not a new wattage measurement, but the newest nickname for Heather Watson, coined by fellow Brit Oli Golding, after the 19-year-old successfully made it into the second round at Roland Garros for the second year in a row.

One to watch
Ash Barty. She may have been crunched by Petra Kvitova, but the Aussie youngster is highly thought of in future big-hitter circles, and performed admirably on the biggest stage in Paris.

Long road home for
Donald Young. The American, who finally spluttered into life last year, has won just two matches so far this year, and could barely put a foot right during a straight sets defeat to Grigor Dimitrov. Ouch.

Marathon match
Jeremy Chardy saw off Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-1, 6-7(3), 3-6, 11-9

Fashion focus
Serena’s minty green dress, complete with colour coordinated headband to contain her big-ish barnet.

Fascinatingly, Lindsay Davenport revealed that a Nike rep told her in Miami that she had to take in Serena’s kit 1.5 inches. That’s how much fitter she was compared to Melbourne. Didn’t help her though, did it.

Discovery of the day
Andy Murray only wears old socks in his tennis matches. Apparently.

Talk of the town (sort of)
Former Australian Johanna Konta has joined the burgeoning ranks of Britain’s women. The world No.208 is a former junior world No.1

Come back tomorrow for (among others)…
Victoria Azarenka, Roger Federer, Brian Baker and Venus Williams on Chatrier; Novak Djokovic, Marion Bartoli and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Lenglen; Samantha Stosur and Tomas Berdych on Court 1; Juan Martin Del Potro, Ana Ivanovic and Nicolas Mahut on Court 2; Fernando Verdasco on Court 3; Bethanie Mattek-Sands v Sloane Stephens on Court 5; Stanislas Wawrinka and Fabio Fognini on Court 6; Juan Carlos Ferrero v Marin Cilic, Svetlana Kuznetsova on Court 7; lots of doubles, including top seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor on Court 14, and the Bryan brothers on Court 16.