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Raducanu is positive after the French departure

Emma Raducanu looks back on the positive results of her first clay-court season after losing in three sets to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round of the French Open. (Author: Gardener)

FrenchPARIS, France - Emma Raducanu looks back on the positive results of her first clay-court season after losing in three sets to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round of the French Open. Raducanu, 19, stormed early in the first set to take a 6-3 lead and arguably played her best tennis since winning the U.S. Open last August. But Sasnovich hit back to take the next set 6-1. Raducanu left ahead of the third and had four break points in game three to take an early lead. But Sasnovich held and broke Raducanu twice to win the match 3-6 6-1 6-1. "I thought it was quite a long match, also quite physically," Raducanu said at a news conference on Wednesday. But yeah I think it was a long game for me but I mean the whole clay court season overall has been pretty positive I would say She came through a tricky opening round draw against qualifier Linda Noskova on Monday and won by 6: 7(4), 7-5, 6-1. But Sasnovich - who beat Raducanu at Indian Wells last October - proved too difficult a task for the British No1. She went into the clay-court season with low expectations, saying , that in the four tournaments she competed in before Roland Garros, she expected to lose in the first round every time, but she bounced back and won five of the nine games from her first season on clay. "I think I've definitely gotten stronger over the course of the clay season," Raducanu said flatly and it doesn't really do much." I've definitely learned when to use the form and stuff to walk on that surface, but overall I'd say that I definitely had a good first experience on the sand. I think I can definitely improve a lot more than I am right now She reached the fourth round of Wimbledon and won the US Open. She fell in the second round of the Australian Open after suffering from blisters and retired here in France at the same time," Raducanu said. “I think this year has always been a challenge for me to adapt and find my feet. I have no idea where everything is. "It's going to be a lot more familiar this time around. I feel like I've definitely grown a lot in the last 12 months. I think that's one of my biggest strengths and even more so on tour this year and it's definitely been an eye opener for me how good everyone is and how much depth there is in the game." I think it's been a pretty positive year just because I've learned so much and I think that outweighs the amount of learning I've done Any result, to be honest.” Raducanu will now turn to the grass season and Wimbledon I've been playing on clay for so long now it feels like weeks. "I'm really looking forward to playing in front of the fans at home and just all the support. I got a little taste of that last year, but I have a feeling this year could be a little bit more.

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Emma Raducanu eliminated in the second round at the French Open; Cameron Norrie goes through

Emma Raducanu is eliminated from the French Open after a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round. (Author: Gardener)

Emma RaducanuEmma Raducanu eliminated in the second round at the French Open; Cameron Norrie beats Emma Raducanu, eliminated in the second round at the French Open; Cameron Norrie goes through Emma Raducanu is eliminated after a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round at the French Open. The French Open is the last Grand Slam where Raducanu made her debut and for one set it looked like she had the competition completely under control. However, in the second and third sets, Sasnovich raised her own level significantly, while mistakes became part of Raducanu's work. Sasnovich now meets Angelique Kerber in the third round at Roland Garros and Raducanu's focus will be on the upcoming grass season. Raducanu and Sasnovich, world No. 47 from Belarus, had previously only met once on the WTA Tour. Last year's match in Indian Wells saw Sasnovich convincingly 6-2, 6-4. Things looked different early on in Paris, however, as Raducanu defeated her opponent in game five of the opening set, who looked more comfortable of the two. Raducanu used her trusty backhand to stretch Sasnovich across the court, then secured the break with a stunning forehand winner. A second break ended the first set before she got off to a shaky start in the second that included two double faults from Raducanu - her first of the match. Sasnovich then grabbed a double break for a 4-0 lead. When Raducanu's game collapsed in the second set, Sasnovich's rose. She won 89 percent of the points on her first serve and delivered 19 winners to just four by Raducanu. She also kept her own unforced error rate low, making just four in the second set. Raducanu left the court for a bathroom break between sets and returned knowing she had to stem the momentum against them. The Brit reached 30:30 on the Sasnovich serve, only to net a backhand, prompting her to cover her face with her racquet in frustration. Still, the fist returned when holding a break point to make it 1-1. Game three of the deciding set would prove crucial; Sasnovich saved five break points on seven twos to hold. Then moments later, Raducanu mishit a forehand and found himself a breakdown. Sasnovich was now in complete control of the game and Raducanu couldn't stop the flow of winners against them. On Court 6, Cameron Norrie ensured at least one British player would be in the third round after defeating Australian qualifier Jason Kubler. Norrie's win was based on a strong serve, as he made 70 percent of his first serves and won 75 percent of the points from them. Despite 30 unforced errors, Norrie's 36 winners surpassed them and he was able to benefit from Kubler's extremely high number of errors (43). "I felt my game went well with his. I played my patterns and managed to win the first set. He fought back well and I played some loose points. But I was really happy with how I did it Game over." Winning six games in a row, finding a lot of width on my forehand and really spreading the space and hitting it very close to the line made it very difficult for him." 1 British men means he will now Norrie and Khachanov met 21st seeded Karen Khachanov in their first attempt to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam event.Norrie and Khachanov previously met five times at the ATP Tour clash with the Brit narrowly leading the neck-and-neck race with three wins Britain's No. 2 Dan Evans is still waiting to take on Sweden's Mikael Ymer in the second round Evans and Ymer will last match n, which will be held on Court 6 on Thursday. Evan's victory over Francisco Cerundolo in the first round marked his first triumph at Roland Garros in the peloton.

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Emma Raducanu learns to play with "a target on her back."

MIKE DICKSON IN PARIS: When that extraordinary first phase of her top-line career came to an end here, it did so in the most disappointing of ways, a crucial sentence that eluded her. (Author: Gardener)

Emma RaducanuEmma Raducanu will step onto the grass next month after finally coming full circle after the year that has turned her life upside down. Twelve months will have passed since she played the Viking Open in Nottingham, where she lost in the first round, in front of a few hundred people in virtual anonymity. When that extraordinary first phase of her top-flight career came to an end on Wednesday, it did so in the most disappointing of ways, a crucial sentence that ran away from her. Watch every Roland-Garros match live and exclusively on Discovery+ and Eurosport 1, 6-1 for Aliaksandra Sasnovich. She will be surpassed in Roland Garros by her compatriot Cam Norrie, who won a set against Australian Jason Kubler in the third round. Of course, last year's defining moment was her win at the US Open. Since then, Sasnovich has beaten her twice, and both times she has played with a passion that supports Raducanu's theory of everyone's abrupt change. “Everyone up their game, want to play well, want to knock you out. I've definitely learned and accepted that on the tour this year." She's looking forward to returning to places that will now seem more familiar to them - she's not signed up for Nottingham next month but could decide to drop out after this relatively early exit to play Paris. I think this year has always been a challenge for me to adapt and find my feet. “I feel like I've definitely grown a lot in the last 12 months. On the pitch I feel like I've probably gotten better with how much I'm fighting. I think that's one of my greatest strengths and even more so on tour this year and it's definitely opened my eyes to how good everyone is and how deep the game is. "I think it's been a pretty positive year just because I've learned so much and the amount of learning I've done outweighs any outcome. “I feel like I don't do things crazy differently off the pitch. I'm exactly the same person as I was 12 months ago, but yeah, things around me have kind of changed. Raducanu will return to Britain, possibly after a day of sightseeing, with a 6-5 match record from her debut season on the clay courts of Europe. "There are definitely aspects of my game that need to improve and catch up to where I am now," she admitted. I had no expectations (of the clay court). I played four tournaments in a row and probably thought I was going to lose the first round in each one, but I actually played a few games in each one. Grass develops his own pace and she won't be caught up in the challenging slugfest offered by Sasnovich, who transformed his match by unleashing a blizzard of winners in the second set. The deciding game came at the 1-1 decider as Raducanu forced five break points. The US Open champion faded after that which the UK crowd's support will help ensure that doesn't happen next month. While Dan Evans plays Sweden's Mikael Ymer on Thursday, Norrie is preparing for a third round encounter against Russia's Karen Khachanov, the 21st seed with a strong record at Roland Garros. The British men's No. 1 has been quietly building a six-game winning streak that included his title in Lyon at the weekend.

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Raducanu eliminated after losing to Sasnovich at French Open

Emma Raducanu fell in three sets against Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the French Open (Author: Gardener)

FrenchThe long, valuable learning curve that defines Emma Raducanu's 2022 season continued on Wednesday when another drop in intensity mid-game was enough for the 19-year-old to lose momentum and the game when she was finally blown off in Paris . Facing some inspired clean shots, Raducanu had no answer to Aliaksandra Sasnovich as she lost 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the second round at Roland Garros. Loss to world No. 47 means Raducanu is switching to the grass court after five months of a season with just two wins against top-50 players this year, an indication that higher-level opponents are slowly starting to target their weaknesses take in their game. Raducanu cut a positive figure when she explained in her press conference how she came to terms with the loss: "I think before I would let the losses affect me more than I am now," she said. In the early switches, Sasnovich fed Raducanu's backhand too often and she paid a significant price. Raducanu broke first with a spectacular second leg at 2-2 that included a series of cross-court winners with angled backhands before serving under pressure to win the set. In four of her losses that year, Raducanu won the first set and she lost the second set in another three of her wins. She has steadily lost intensity over the year after a struggle with her serve and a similar scenario played out on Wednesday. As Raducanu slumped, Sasnovich, a former top-30 player who had a positive year, took control of the baseline. By the end of the second set, she was batting on all returns and burying winners at will. As Sasnovich scored an absurd 19 winners in the second set with just four unforced errors, the remaining question was whether Raducanu could push her out of her comfort zone. Raducanu's forehand caused bloody errors throughout the set while often resorting to a crazed, weak topspin that Sasnovich gobbled up. In the end, Raducanu's positive clay-court season ended abruptly with two weak sets. Raducanu's apparent disappointment was later balanced with positivity. After a year riddled with injury woes, including a back injury at the Italian Open two weeks ago that left her unsure of her presence in Paris, perhaps the most positive result is that Raducanu was feeling physically fine after two three-set games. I feel like I'm playing pretty good tennis and I'm definitely working on the practice court," she said. “Certain things I work on on the practice site that pay off don't show up right away. I'll definitely arrive." Raducanu said early in the tournament that her expectations of how her game would adapt to the surface were low as she hadn't played a professional match on clay before this season. After she played in Stuttgart Having reached a quarter-final and won a few games in Madrid, she ends her first clay-court season confident that she can be a good player on the surface in the future."I think I've definitely gotten stronger over the course of the clay-court season," said Raducanu. "It just takes a lot more to win the point on this surface and when you hit a ball flat [it] doesn't really matter much. I've still got a long way to go on this surface but overall I'd say that I've definitely had a good first experience on clay." Although it's a surprise for the rankings, Muchova returns from one after reaching the semi-finals of the 2021 Australian Open injury and was ranked in the top 20 last year.

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Carlos Alcaraz survives five-set thriller after Emma Raducanu exits

French Open 2022 LIVE: Carlos Alcaraz survives Thriller by five sets after Emma Raducanu's elimination (Author: Gardener)

Carlos AlcarazPlease use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Relive the action of the second round of the French Open at Roland Garros as Emma Raducanu's journey came to an end after a three-set loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the opening match at Court Suzanne-Lenglen. Raducanu won the first set but was ultimately overwhelmed by an inspired Sasnovich, who hit an incredible 45 winners for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win in just over two hours. The match of the day, however, was Carlos Alcaraz, who saved the match point on his way to surviving a five-set thriller against Albert Ramos-Vinolas. The 19-year-old, who arrived at the French Open as one of the tournament favorites, kept his hopes alive as he forced a crucial set and then came back from a collapse while playing a stunning series of recovery shots to the delight of the crowd. Earlier, Novak Djokovic reached the third round with a 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 win over Alex Molcan, as did Cameron Norrie, who brushed aside qualifier Jason Kubler for his best performance at a Grand Slam. It wasn't that easy for Alexander Zverev, who had to come back from two sets and a match point deficit to defeat Sebastian Baez on Philippe Chatrier. Watch French Open action below: Raducanu is defeated by Sasnovich 3-6 6-1 6-1 in two hours. Djokovic prevails 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 en route to a five-set win over Ramos-VinolasZverev comes from two sets behind to take Baez over Philippe-ChatrierNorrie 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win to beat No. 4 Kubler Sakkari shocked by Muchova into third round In final upset French Open fixture on day four 19:30 Jamie Braidwood Alcaraz: “I'm feeling tired. I knew if I had the match point I would have a chance [to comeback]. 19:26 , Jamie Braidwood Alcaraz has already achieved so much but if the 19-year-old should go ahead and win the French Open it could be that shot that will be remembered the most. 19:20 , Jamie Braidwood What an exceptional victory for Carlos Alcaraz. Some of the tennis produced by both players was remarkable, but Alcaraz never gave up from match point on. He is adding to his growing legend as it looked like his bid for the French Open was coming to an early end. Alcaraz can cover a large part of the court so quickly and moved early to read Ramos-Vinolas' serve, opening the court and sending the winner into space. He's 0-30 but Ramos-Vinolas pulls one back after an Alcaraz error, only for the young Spaniard to pass Ramos-Vinolas in another nervous exchange from the baseline! Two Breakpoints. Ramos-Vinolas then goes in the middle and Alcaraz can't return. Two breakpoints saved. But another chance quickly follows as Ramos-Vinolas sees a shot drift off the line. WHAT DEFENSE OF ALCARAZ! Ramos-Vinolas had several smashes that seemed sure to be winners. Alcaraz had no right to win that point. That was exceptional and Alcaraz are one game away from the third round. 19:11 , Jamie Braidwood Ramos-Vinolas proves he hasn't given up as he puts a winner on the line Alcaraz wasn't sure about to go 15-15. Another Ramos-Vinolas shot cuts the baseline as Alcaraz is unable to reply. And with Alcaraz, who crashes backwards, the forehand shoots long. Two breakpoints for Ramos-Vinolas! Ramos-Vinolas finds the line again and Alcaraz scores! 19:06 , Jamie Braidwood A tired looking shot from Ramos-Vinolas sees Alcaraz take the first point of game seven before a backhand winner down the line and into space puts it 0-30! Looking upset, not knowing what to do, Ramos-Vinolas slides a shot wide to create three break points. Alcaraz first puts a shot into the net and then takes the winner to the corner! There's no mistake on the third, however, as he gets in and whips an inside-out forehand winner past Ramos-Vinolas at the break! 19:02 , Jamie Braidwood So good of Alcaraz as he drops a backhand volley after sending Ramos-Vinolas on the hunt. The momentum is now with him and Ramos-Vinolas can't return a backhand from Alcaraz, who now has three games in a row. 18:57, Jamie Braidwood Alcaraz leads Ramos-Vinolas' serve as he comes into the net to smash the smash and go up to 15-30 before a loose shot from Ramos-Vinolas goes long and two breakbacks score points! Ramos-Vinolas saves the first with a whipped Winner to reach the line - AND OH MY GOD what a shot from Alcaraz to score the break!! 18:53 , Jamie Braidwood Alcaraz quickly takes a 30-0 lead on serve before sending Ramos-Vinolas the wrong way with a forehand. Ramos-Vinolas responds with a dripping passing shot, but the young Spaniard then wraps the grip to get on the board in the deciding set. 18:49 , Jamie Braidwood Alcaraz is dragging himself back from 30-15 and yells in his shoes to set up a breakback point but the errors are piling up and Ramos-Vinolas is able to develop to an advantage. Alcaraz moves Ramos-Vinolas around and nets him with a drop shot, but Ramos-Vinolas escapes when Alcaraz netted with a backhand! 18:43 , Jamie Braidwood Ramos-Vinolas stuns crowd with early break! This fifth set has another twist as the brilliant Ramos-Vinolas walks away with a dazzling array of angles and winners! 18:38 , Jamie Braidwood Magic from Alcaraz! He slips into a winner to advance to 0-30 while chasing the early break of serve in the fifth but extends on a backhand return as Ramos-Vinolas comes back to 30-30. Somehow Alcaraz manages to navigate Ramos Vinolas angles before his opponent finds the winner. This is an important stop for Ramos-Vinolas. 18:31, Jamie Braidwood Alcaraz slips into another winner to be two points away from fifth - and as he rushes into the net to pocket the smash, he's even closer! Four points set - and he only needs one as Ramos - Vinolas sends his return long! From the match point, Alcaraz keeps fighting! 18:26, Jamie Braidwood Alcaraz comes into the net and tucks away the smash on the second try to win the first point of the tiebreak before Ramos-Vinolas responds with a powerful serve down the middle. Ramos-Vinolas drops a shot into the net to offer Alcaraz the early mini-break and then Ramos-Vinolas blinks again as he goes long for a second straight error. Alcaraz goes long himself to offer the mini-break to Ramos-Vinolas - before Alcaraz slips down the line into the forehand winner to take a 4-2 lead! 18:11 , Jamie Braidwood Alcaraz pulls off a stunning backhand pass shot to score the first point on Ramos Vinolas serve - what a winner! Ramos-Vinolas responds with a clipped winner of his own, sending Alcaraz the wrong way, but then pushes wide when Alcaraz gets a chance at 15-30. Ramos-Vinolas goes wide on serve as Alcaraz goes into the net, but Ramos-Vinolas then lengthens with an unforced error to give Alcaraz the set point! It's brilliant play from Ramos-Vinolas, finding the angle to backfoot Alcaraz and save him. Alacarz jumps in and crushes the backhand winner, but Ramos-Vinolas stays aggressive and sends Alcaraz on the hunt! Ramos-Vinolas has three game points but can't shake Alcaraz, who saves every time. A concealed volley into the corner puts it back on track and from there Alcaraz shoves Ramos-Vinolas into the corner with a backhand! And again it swings back to Ramos-Vinolas as Alcaraz nets and then goes long on his forehand. Ramos-Vinolas finally pushes forward again while Alcaraz plays long and then backhand nets on the second serve! 18:08 , Jamie Braidwood Alcaraz hits the net with a volley as the crowd screams and the 19-year-old uses his luck to quickly go 40-0. Ramos-Vinolas hits a clean winner from Alcaraz's second serve, but Alcaraz responds with a winner down the line to take the lead in the fourth! After the match point in the last game, Ramos-Vinolas now needs to hold serve to stay in the set. 18:03 , Jamie Braidwood Alcaraz wins the first point on serve from Ramos-Vinolas but then throws in an unforced error - his 58th of the game - with a long backhand. He then runs around a backhand to unleash a clean winner past Ramos-Vinolas to get to 15-30 and then has a chance at the net but drops it into the net while Ramos-Vinolas is stranded! Ramos-Vinolas blinks with an unforced error at 30-30 and the crowd reacts as Alcaraz begs for more noise at the break point! The referee asks them to calm down and this time it's Alcaraz who goes long on the return, a gift for Ramos-Vinolas! A Romas-Vinolas forehand winner earns match point! His serve is wide off the line but then nets with a forehand! With Romas-Vinolas in defense, the 19-year-old squeezes a winner into the corner! and Ramos-Vinola's nets again! 17:54 , Jamie Braidwood While Djokovic easily advanced to the third round, Alcaraz was involved in a fight with his compatriot Ramos-Vinolas. They couldn't have predicted that after the Miami and Madrid champion took an early lead with a 6-1 in the first set, but Ramos Vinolas struck back to improve both sets two and three. Ramos-Vinolas had a breakdown in game four but he reacted and broke Alcaraz in the ninth game of game four! 17:43, Jamie Braidwood Molcan finally rose in the decider but that was quite comfortable from Djokovic who came close to his imposing best early in the game. A happy Djokovic says to Marion Bartoli (in French): “I'm always happy to play on Court Suzanne-Lenglen. I have a lot of respect for Alex.” 17:38, Jamie Braidwood Molcan gives up an easy one as he hits Djokovic's serve - only for Djokovic to frame a forehand and send a wild shot into the crowd. Molcan's serve starts for Djokovic but he holds, and then Molcan nets another while smashing his racquet in frustration. It brings three match points. Molcan holds the first as he switches it up with a drop shot as Djokovic slides into the net but there's victory! Molcan scores from the outside while Djokovic gets the job done! 17:31 , Jamie Braidwood These are great things from Molcan. Djokovic does a brilliant job of chasing down a couple of smashes before Molcan drops the volley into the open court. Djokovic responds with an ace, then wrong-foots Molcan to take a 2-1 lead. Djokovic blinks on the forehand side, but Molcan then cuts the net with the forehand pass! Djokovic then tucks away a smash on the third try to take a 4-2 lead. 17:29 , Jamie Braidwood Molcan smashes away a forehand volley and finds himself on Djokovic's serve at 30-30, again two points from the set. The world No. 1 targets his backhand with a wide serve, but Molcan responds with a ripper down the line! Molcan blinks as he goes long and Djokovic takes control this time, capitalizing on a wild return from Molcan. We're headed for a tiebreak. Elsewhere, and who saw that coming after Alcaraz won the first set 6-1, but the 19-year-old is now 2-1 down against Ramos-Vinolas after his compatriot beat the third set. Alcaraz got off to a good start in the fourth with an early break but is in danger in this second round match. 17:22 , Jamie Braidwood The noise increases as Molcan fires a serve wide to go 40-15. Playing his best tennis of the game, Molcan outlasts Djokovic in a baseline rally to at least secure a tiebreak. 17:19, Jamie Braidwood Suddenly Molcan is two points ahead of the third set at 15-30, 4-5. Djokovic closes the door with a smash and then a wide serve that Molcan can't return. Djokovic finds a first serve and puts Molcan back on the defensive. 17:15, Jamie Braidwood Speaking of staying alive, Alexander Zverev has completed his comeback against Sebastian Baez on Philippe Chatrier! The German has fought back from straight sets, saving a match point on his way to 2-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5. 17:13 , Jamie Braidwood Here you'd expect Djokovic to put the pressure back on as he takes control of the opening point with a shot Molcan can't return. A double fault from the Slovak puts it 15-30 before a drop shot is nabbed by Djokovic, who snips a winner for 30-40. However, Djokovic goes long at the break point in a rare unforced error and then gets twisted on the next serve by Molcan. An ace from Molcan in the middle seals the grip as he escapes to stay alive! 17:09 , Jamie Braidwood The wind has really picked up, swirling around Court Suzanne-Lenglen as Molcan hits the match back with a clean winner on Djokovic's serve, which hits the baseline. Nevertheless, Djokovic takes the hold at 15 and moves one step closer. On the other two show courts we have reached the decisive phase in both matches with Alcaraz and Zverev. It's 5-5 in both, with Alcaraz on a third and Zverev on a crucial fifth. 17:04 , Jamie Braidwood Another flash of brilliance from Molcan as he pulls off another superb drop shot from deep before cornering an inside out forehand winner. A wide serve deceives Djokovic, who only goes long with a forehand. 5:01 p.m., Jamie Braidwood Molcan finds himself in a throw as he holds to win his third game in a row - but an eighth ace of play from Djokovic is followed by his ninth as he hits another hold to love wraps. Breakpoint on Djokovic's serve? It's a rare chance for the Slovak but Djokovic unloads on a pair of forehands and then Molcan hits as he loses balance on the backhand side. However, another chance quickly follows as Molcan blitzes a winner. Djokovic shoves wide on a forehand and we're back in tune in the third. Elsewhere, Carlos Alcaraz collapsed against Ramos-Vinolas but leveled the third set to 3-3. The same goes for Zverev, who held a break against Baez in the fifth after fighting back from two sets but got back to level at 4-4. 16:47 , Jamie Braidwood Djokovic rushes through another service game that was a theme of his game. Almost as soon as Molcan holds, he'll have to face Djokovic's return again. A backhand into the corner puts Molcan back under pressure and puts him 30-30 ahead before Molvan netted a poor shot for the first break point chance of the third set. Molcan plays another beauty of a drop shot to intercept Djokovic but the pressure is unrelenting. A slicing return and then a volley at the net earns a few more break points - and on the third try, Djokovic wins an exchange at the net when he puts Molcan wide with a superb drop shot and an angled volley out. 16:39 , Jamie Braidwood The ball bounces merrily off the sand as Djokovic catches clean air with his swing. A Djokovic forehand into the net results in Molcan taking the opening hold in set number three, which was a rare mistake. Djokovic only made 10 errors in the first couple of sets. 16:34 , Jamie Braidwood Djokovic advances two sets which was inevitable after taking that break of serve in the middle of the set. Molcan was able to get to 40-30 this time, but Djokovic didn't give his opponent a chance and seems to win almost every rallies that span more than 10 shots. 16:27, Jamie Braidwood Djokovic grumbles over the service clock but seals the serve to cement the break with an ace followed by a forehand winner across the court. 16:25 , Jamie Braidwood Before today, both of Carlos Alcaraz's encounters with Albert Ramos-Vinolas had a set going into a tiebreak. That pattern continued today, but Roman-Vinolas prevailed to level the game against the 19-year-old tournament favorite. It was a long one too, but he wins it 11-9 in an impressive reaction after that one-sided opening set. 16:21 , Jamie Braidwood Molcan receives a gift of an unforced Djokovic error on his forehand but returns it with two of his own as a couple of shots go wide from the baseline. At 30-30, Djokovic can crawl back into the corner and hit a Molcan Drive before taking control with a drop shot. Molcan had a chance to pass but Djokovic read it and played a lob to set the break point he takes when Molcan nets a backhand. 4:15 p.m., Jamie Braidwood Djokovic's movement is just too good. Even after clipping the net, Molcan can only watch as Djokovic can race across the court to take the volley and wave a winner. Again, the exchange at the baseline is too much for Molcan, who netted and Djokovic sealed the serve with an ace in wide. 16:11 - Jamie Braidwood This must seem like a daunting challenge for Alex Molcan, but winners like this inside-out forehand will help. Molcan then wins an entertaining exchange at the net and picks up Djokovic's angled volley. But a good first serve from Molcan and the winner gets him on the way as he eventually earns the hold. Elsewhere, the afternoon's story quickly unfolds as another stormy comeback from Philippe-Chatrier as Alexander Zverev struggled from two sets down to level the match against in-form Sebastian Baez. 16:05 , Jamie Braidwood Molcan now has his turn to let Djokovic roam the court and a couple of passing winners from the Slovakian will boost his confidence. Djokovic is capable of responding to love with a comfortable grip. He just can't get anywhere near Djokovic's serve at the moment, allowing the defending champion to control every point. 15:59, Jamie Braidwood A few rare mistakes on Djokovic's forehand bring Deuce on the Serb's serve. It's the first time Molcan can put his teeth into a service game but two points later Djokovic takes it from him. First Molcan nets after a long rally, then Djokovic forces his opponent onto the track. It really looks like Djokovic can make Molcan run wherever he wants. 15:50 , Jamie Braidwood Molcan goes long and then wide as he opens his next service game with two unforced errors. It gives Djokovic a chance to finish that opening set right here and now and when Molcan is pushed off again Djokovic gets three chances to do so. He only needs one as Molcan sees a cut backhand drift long. 15:48 , Jamie Braidwood Two aces from Djokovic help him quickly win a hold to love. On Chatrier, Zverev broke Baez right at the start of the fourth set as the German tries to put him in a fifth. Alcaraz gets up midway through the second when Ramos-Vinolas intervenes after that one-sided opener. 15:45 , Jamie Braidwood Pretty superior from Djokovic, who found the back of the court with ease and peppered Molcan with a series of groundstrokes. Molcan needs to take turns and does it brilliantly with a nice drop shot and a top spin lob before catching the line with a winner. Djokovic then goes long while Molcan gets away with a valuable hold. 15:40 , Jamie Braidwood Not for Djokovic this time as he slices a backhand drop shot against the net. He looks very relaxed out there, world No. 1, but then he crushes a forehand winner across the court to go 40-30. Another seeking forehand on Molcan's favored side pushes his opponent back and the reply finds the bottom of the net. 15:36 , Jamie Braidwood That's impressive from Djokovic. He runs Molcan all over the court, pulls him into the net and then hits his opponent with a skillful pick-up. It creates three early break points and Djokovic only needs two as Molcan pushes a forehand wide. Over on Philippe Chatrier, where Djokovic might have expected to play as world no. 15:31 , Jamie Braidwood Molcan wows the crowd as he picks up a Djokovic smash looking for the baseline but his shot just flies wide. Djokovic rattles through the rest of the service game, conceding just one point so far as Molcan goes wide on a return. 15:28 , Jamie Braidwood Molcan is a left-hander who raises a different question than Djokovic, and the Slovakian gets to 30-0 on serve as he eventually tucks away a volley at the net. Djokovic appears to step into the baseline quickly as he selects Molcan's forehand, but he can get away with holding as he catches the line with an ace down the middle. 15:24, Jamie Braidwood A quick and forceful opening grab from Djokovic as he warms up on Court Suzanne-Lenglen. Molcan is unable to keep his first two serves in play before Djokovic smashes a forehand winner to go 40-0. Another return long drifts away from Molcan and Djokovic and is running. 15:15 , Jamie Braidwood Blink and you would miss him. Already set up, Carlos Alcaraz needed just 26 minutes to seal a 6-1 opener against Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Novak Djokovic now makes his way onto the court as the world No. 1 looks to continue his French Open title defense against Alex Molcan. 15:13 , Jamie Braidwood For the second time in two days, a top four player is two sets behind Philippe Chatrier in the men's draw. Alexander Zverev will look to repeat Stefanos Tsitsipas' comeback against Lorenzo Musetti late in the evening and the German got off to a good start, racing into an early break and a 3-0 lead in the decider. 15:02 , Jamie Braidwood Wow what a huge win for Karolina Muchova over Maria Sakkari and another big name knocked out of the women's draw! Novak Djokovic is next on Court Suzanne-Lenglen. 2:53 p.m. Jamie Braidwood Zverev, on the verge of losing the second set to Baez, would face Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals, in the top half of a tipped French Open draw. Alcaraz is now in his match against his compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas. The 19-year-old has a 2-0 record against Ramos-Vinolas but both games included a tie-break. 2:40pm, Jamie Braidwood Sakkari has fought his way out of another breakdown against Muchova and is now up 5-4 in the second set against the Czech. 14:37, Jamie Braidwood An incredible goal line develops on Philippe Chatrier as Alexander Zverev trails Sebastian Baez 6-2, 4-0. The Argentine is a veteran clay-court player and the 21-year-old recently won his first tournament at Estoril but Zverev, who could become world No. 1 this week, didn't expect to find himself in such a hole early on. The British No. 1 has beaten Jason Kubler 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the third round of the French Open for the third time, also matching his best performance at the other three Grand Slams. Norrie will look to do that against world No. 25 Karen Khachanov, who has needed four sets in each of his first two wins. 14:04 , Jamie Braidwood Cameron Norrie turned the tide in the third set of his match against Jason Kubler to lead 4-3 after two consecutive breaks of serve. Sakkari had a meltdown against Muchova but has now brought him back to serve at 2-2 in the second. Alexander Zverev is on his way to Philippe Chatrier but the No. 3 seed is already two breakdowns on Argentinian Sebastian Baez. Muchova kept her nerve in the tiebreak against Maria Sakkari, producing a backhand winner to finally convert an eighth set point! Over in 6th place, Norrie now has two sets against Kubler but the Aussie qualifier found an early break in the third set. 13:16 , Jamie Braidwood Angelique Kerber marches on to keep her career Grand Slam hopes alive! She eventually bests France qualifier Elsa Jacquemot to earn a 6, 7-6 (2) tie-breaker win. She now faces Sasnovich, the conqueror of Raducanu, in the third round. Sakkari, meanwhile, hit back when Muchova tried to serve the opening set. 12:59 p.m., Jamie Braidwood Karolina Muchova is up 4-2 in her second-round match against No. 4 seeded and last year's French Open semifinalist Maria Sakkari, earning an early break. At Chatrier, Jacquemot has the crowd behind her as she tries to force a decisive set against former world No. 1 Kerber, while Norrie has been pegged back by Kubler and is back at serve in the second set. 12:41 , Jamie Braidwood Elsewhere at Roland Garros, Cameron Norrie is a set against Australia's Jason Kubler and breaks out as the British No. 1 looks to reach the third round and prepare for the second week of a Major. Angelique Kerber is on course for a third-round meeting against Sasnovich as she leads French qualifier Elsa Jacquemot on Philippe Chatrier. 12:31, Jamie Braidwood That winning number from Sasnovich was pretty incredible - 45 to Raducanus' 17 in all three sets. She really came alive when she upped the aggression in the second set and forehand crosscourt was the source of multiple points throughout the game. It certainly didn't feel as one-sided as the second set and Raducanu had a huge chance to break Sasnovich 1-1 by missing five break points in an epic 12-minute game. Sasnovich had seemed a little awkward and the momentum could have turned if Raducanu had progressed. 12:12 , Jamie Braidwood Sasnovich caps the win with another winner and that was the story of the game. The Belarusian stepped up her game and played two brilliant sets after Raducanu defeated the opener. Winners flew everywhere, and while Raducanu didn't play badly, she had few answers to what Sasnovich was producing on her seemingly weakest surface. 12:12 , Jamie Braidwood Big challenge for Raducanu now. She starts with a double hit and a forehand winner, but then goes wide as she tries to repeat the trick on the next point, and then Sasnovich camouflages another cut backhand drop shot to get to 15-30. Sasnovich hits with a running forehand but then puts the pressure back on when she whips a backhand return onto the line and follows it with a forehand winner. It earns break point, maybe match point too, but Raducanu goes wide with the third shot of the rally. 12:07 , Jamie Braidwood We're back to Sasnovich from the second set, with a forehand winner followed by two skillful drop shots to capture the love. 12:05 , Jamie Braidwood Sasnovich ended up getting the hold, but the last game felt different. There were some nervous shots from Sasnovich and that could give Raducanu hope. Still, an important service game ensues, with Raducanu entering with a winner to quickly go 30-0. Despite some good fights from Raducanu, Sasnovich pulls back to 30-30 before she pushes into the rallies with great depth, unleashing a backhand winner down the line from far away. And that's a bad mistake from Raducanu as she frames a forehand at break point. 11:51 , Jamie Braidwood Is this where the swing turns? Sasnovich hits again with a backhand in the opening point of game three before exiting a Raducanu forehand that falls to the baseline to make it 15-30. Raducanu had a great chance on Sasnovich's second serve but hit with the backhand as the Belarusian tried to stabilize. She does so with a forehand volley past Raducanu after bolstering the court. Raducanu zwingt Sasnovich mit einer tiefen Rückhand auf der Linie zurück, wobei der Return lange driftet, um Deuce vorzubereiten. Sasnovich entscheidet sich dann für einen seltsamen Drop-Shot, den Raducanu wegsteckt, um den Fehlschuss zu erzwingen, und das setzt den Breakpoint. Sasnovich tat nicht genug, als sie ins Gericht trat, und es ließ Raducanu eine Lücke, um den Pass auf ihre Vorhand zu machen – aber es driftet lang. Raducanu greift auf der Rückhandseite an, während Sasnovich einnetzt, aber ein guter erster Aufschlag weit wird von einem Vorhand-Sieger in die gegenüberliegende Ecke gefolgt, um den Haltepunkt zu retten. Auf eine unberechenbare Vorhand von Raducanu folgt ein exzellenter Punkt der britischen Nr. 1, als sie die Winkel bearbeitet, um wieder auf Zwei zu kommen. Sasnovich schnappt nach einer Rückhand und zieht sie weit. Aber Sasnovich zieht einen brillanten Winkel heraus, um Raducanu vom Platz zu drängen, und steckt den Gewinner in den Raum. Es bringt sie nicht aus der Fassung, da eine Sasnovich-Vorhand weit aussetzt. Aber die Rückhand öffnet wieder die Winkel und Sasnovich steckt den Sieger auf der ganzen Linie weg. Dies ist ein sensationelles Spiel zu Beginn dieses entscheidenden Satzes. Wiederholung: Sasnovich trifft auf Deuce, zieht aber den Rückhandsieger heraus. Nachdem sie fünf Breakpoints gerettet hat, gibt ihr Raducanus eigensinnige Vorhand die Chance zu halten, und sie bekommt sie, nachdem Raducanu auf der Rückhand weit driftet. 11:44 , Jamie Braidwood Sasnovich findet die Ecke mit einer Rückhand-Rückgabe bei Raducanus Eröffnungsaufschlag. Es ist beunruhigend von Sasnovich und Raducanu trifft den Boden des Netzes, als ihre Gegnerin beim nächsten Ballwechsel den Druck erneut erhöht. Sie bekommt jedoch eine Pause, als Sasnovich beim zweiten Aufschlag von Raducanu mit einer Vorhand fehlschlägt. Sasnovich erzeugt fast einen Moment der Panik, als sie einen Schmetterball zurückholt, aber Raducanu findet den Volleyschuss, um auf 30-30 zurückzukehren. Die Gefahr verschwindet nicht, da Raducanu lange versucht, eine frühe Breakpoint-Chance zu erzielen, aber sie trifft auf Sasnovich der Ballwechsel und atmet erleichtert auf, als ihre Gegnerin lange geht. Sasnovich blinzelt dann, als sie zum Rückhand-Drop-Shot zurückkehrt, ihn aber ins Netz bringt. Sasnovich trifft dann erneut auf die Rückhand, und Raducanu kann mit einem wichtigen Griff entkommen. 11:38 , Jamie Braidwood Raducanu bewegt sich um einen zweiten Satz von Sasnovich herum, um die Grundlinie mit einer Vorhand zu finden, bevor Sasnovich eine unangenehme Rückhand weit schlägt, um 15-30 zu bringen. Eine kleine Chance, aber Sasnovich bleibt beim nächsten Ballwechsel geduldig, bevor er mit einem Vorhand-Sieger die Richtung ändert. A tired-looking forehand from Raducanu finds the net before a backhand from behind the baseline drifts long as Sasnovich takes the opening game. 11:30 , Jamie Braidwood It’s been the story of the second set. Sasnovich is playing lights out, confident tennis and switches onto a backhand drop shot to set up two set points. Raducanu has faced a barrage of winners on the forehand crosscourt, with 19 winners in the second set alone and on only four unforced errors, and the second set is wrapped up as Raducanu finds the net. It’s a huge challenge now for Raducanu to change the momentum. 11:26 , Jamie Braidwood Sasnovich finds a good time to deliver her first ace of the match to move to 40-0, before she puts away a forehand winner to quickly wrap up the hold of serve. Raducanu now must hold to stay in the second set. 11:22 , Jamie Braidwood It’s hard for Raducanu to do anything about this, as Sasnovich steps into a serve to hit a clean winner down the line to quickly move to 0-30. Raducanu gets back to 30-30 as Sasnovich goes long, but the 28-year-old then fires a forehand into Raducanu’s feet to set up a third consecutive break point chance. Raducanu looks to have steadied after saving it - but Sasnovich finds her latest winner past Raducanu, the 16th of the second set. Still, Raducanu is able to grind out the hold with a backhand volley and an error from Sasnovich. 11:18 , Jamie Braidwood If it wasn’t already apparent, this is a really tricky test for Raducanu. Raducanu doesn’t qive up on it as she hangs in the rally, forcing a couple of errors from Sasnovich, but she then responds to Raducanu’s depth by stepping into a backhand volley before she places another winner past Raducanu to move into a 4-0 lead. 11:11 , Jamie Braidwood Sasnovich continues with another forehand winner across court before Raducanu’s second double fault of the match brings up 15-30 on her serve. Sasnovich drifts a backhand long, but she again goes to the drop shot before putting away the forehand volley across court for another winner.Chance for a double break, but Raducanu finds the ace down the middle! She then hangs on to meet a driving forehand from Sasnovich, who pushes the backhand volley wide.Raducanu then goes long on her forehand, which was a chance to take the hold, and Sasnovich again finds a beauty of a forehand winner across court, right into the corner, to bring up break point once again.Brilliant from Raducanu to lean into the backhand down the line and steer the winner past Sasnovich. She might have to stop going to the Sasnovich forehand, though, as she again unloads a winner into the opposite corner.She gets out of it, again, with great depth to the Sasnovich backhand. An error on the Sasnovich forehand sets up game point but another excellent winner from Sasnovich, this time on the backhand, gets us back to deuce!To her credit, Sasnovich takes the second break with a devilish backhand drop-shot. That was quite the game from Sasnovich, who replied impressively to Raducanu taking the opening set. 11:03 , Jamie Braidwood It’s almost like dropping the opening set has settled Sasnovich. Some strong serving helps her into a quick 30-0 lead, before she whips a forehand winner across Raducanu. An error from Raducanu seals the hold to love. Sasnovich played well throughout the first set, only to find herself 3-6 down, but it feels like the momentum has turned. 11:00 , Jamie Braidwood A brilliant opening set there from Raducanu, with that second break of serve allowing her to serve first to start the second set. She soon finds herself under a bit of pressure, though, as her first double fault of the match brings up 15-30 and then a drop-shot winner from Sasnovich sets up an early break point opportunity. Sasnovich has been threatening this all match and as Raducanu leaves a return short, Sasnovich leaps into an unstoppable winner down the line on the forehand side. Sasnovich 3-6 Raducanu - Raducanu breaks to take the opening set! 10:56 , Jamie Braidwood Sasnovich, now serving to stay in the set, picks a bad time to come up with the first double fault of the match on the opening point. A backhand from Sasnovich then drifts long to bring up 0-30, but Raducanu can’t find the winner down the line as she goes aggressive on the next point. Another error from Sasnovich brings up two set points for Raducanu, who is really now starting to control these rallies. Sasnovich goes short on a drop shot and Raducanu takes a moment before putting away the backhand winner across court! 10:52 , Jamie Braidwood Sasnovich whips a forehand winner past Raducanu following a second serve to take the opening point of the eighth game, and then moves into a slice from Raducanu to put another forehand winner across court. At 0-30, Raducanu jumps into a forehand winner down the line, and Sasnovich goes long with a backhand on her second serve, which seemed to spring up on her opponent. A first ace of the match from Raducanu gets her out of the hole, and then despite Sasnovich catching the line with a lucky return, Raducanu resets and forces Sasnovich into an error on her forehand. 10:46 , Jamie Braidwood Sasnovich quickly moves to 30-0 with a big forehand out wide, which Raducanu was able to pick up but Sasnovich then put away into the open space. Raducanu then drifts a backhand wide before she nets as she looks to attack a second serve down the line. So a hold to love for Sasnovich but so far, so good for Raducanu. 10:43 , Jamie Braidwood Raducanu marches into a 30-15 lead on her serve after a couple of well-placed backhands down the line, but Sasnovich hits back as she first catches the line to bring up 30-30 before finding an aggressive forehand winner across court to bring up a break-back chance. Raducanu faces some pressure on a second serve and goes for the forehand of Sasnovich, but an error from the 28-year-old sees Raducanu escape to deuce.Sasnovich nets under little pressure and then goes long, as Raducanu emerges with another good hold on her serve. 10:37 , Jamie Braidwood After that epic game Raducanu looks to quicken things up but clips the net on a forehand return, before Sasnovich plays an excellent drop shot which Raducanu can’t reach. A second serve from Sasnovich offers Raducanu the chance to step into the backhand down the line, before she finds a lovely angle for the backhand cross-court winner that clips the line. 30-30, the first look at a Sasnovich game, and a brilliant winner out wide on the backhand sets up break point! Great hitting from Raducanu, matching the power of Sasnovich. Sasnovich knew what was coming on the second serve as Raducanu attacks. She hangs in, but Raducanu sees the chance on her forehand side and unleashes on a winner down the line for the break! That was a brilliant 15 minutes from Raducanu, first to save the break and then to edge ahead on the Sasnovich serve. 10:25 , Jamie Braidwood Sasnovich brings Raducanu into the net with a drop shot before playing a lifted lob shot to take the opening point on Raducanu’s serve. Excellent response from Raducanu though, with a first serve out wide and then she steps in to hit a winner to the opposite corner.Raducanu gets a break off the net cord as Sasnovich goes long, but then sees a forehand clip off the net and fall on her side after the longest rally of the match so far. Sasnovich was able to stay in that despite a series of attacking forehands into the corner.It brings up 30-30 but Raducanu finds a tricky second serve which Sasnovich nets. She then has a clear chance to take the hold after Sasnovich hits a poor drop shot, but the backhand into the open court goes long!Deuce quickly becomes break point Sasnovich - but Raducanu finds an excellent first serve out wide. Sasnovich then attacks on the next return down the line - but Raducanu hangs on as she switches play with a backhand down the line. And then another good switch from Raducanu, as she feints on a backhand to play a drop shot after a lengthy rally. But Sasnovich steps into a short ball from Raducanu and unloads on a forehand cross court winner. Raducanu had a chance on game point following another good serve out wide, but two consecutive misses on the forehand side from Sasnovich earns Raducanu the hold! 10:19 , Jamie Braidwood The rhythm of the match is pretty clear already and will be a contest between Sasnovich’s power and spin and Raducanu’s movement and ability to step in and find the angles. A drop shot from Sasnovich after forcing Raducanu back behind the baseline brings up 30-0 but a winner from Raducanu and then a drop shot into the net takes it back to 40-30.Sasnovich takes the hold with a forehand winner out wide. 10:16 , Jamie Braidwood Strong start from Raducanu with an excellent serve down the middle. Sasnovich then works her way into the second point with an impressive angled backhand that sends Raducanu scrambling. Another tricky backhand from Sasnovich is this time matched by Raducanu, as Sasnovich eventually drifts wide. Raducanu then faces her first pressure point on her second serve, which Sasnovich attacks, but Raducanu shows good foot-work to stay in the point and comes out on top. Sasnovich is hitting well, though, as shown by a backhand winner cross-court. That backhand attacks another second serve from Raducanu but the 19-year-old hangs on and as Sasnovich goes wide, she lets out a scream to meet her first hold of serve. 10:11 , Jamie Braidwood Raducanu drops the first couple of points on her backhand side, first going wide and then into the net, as Sasnovich opens the match on her serve. Raducanu replies with a forehand deep to the baseline which Sasnovich can’t return, before Raducanu drifts a backhand long. Sasnovich then finds a good serve down the middle and that seals a comfortable opening hold. 10:06 , Jamie Braidwood Sasnovich won the toss and elected to serve first as the warm-ups get underway. Court Suzanne Lenglen has yet to fill up in what is the opening match of the day but it looks to be much warmer than yesterday at Roland Garros. 10:01 , Jamie Braidwood Raducanu was a set and a break down in her opening match against the 17-year-old debutant Linda Noskova but battled from behind to claim an important three-set victory. It was something Raducanu did not have to face during her US Open triumph as in all seven matches in the main draw she raced ahead into early leads and built on that momentum. Both Raducanu and Sasnovich are now making their way out onto the court and the second-round match will get underway shortly. 09:51 , Jamie Braidwood Should Emma Raducanu advance today, it could set up a third-round clash with the former World No 1 Angelique Kerber, who will open play on Philippe Chatrier this morning against French wildcard Elsa Jacquemot. The German had to battle to win her opening match, however, and saved two match points on her way to defeating Magdalena Frech in the opening round. 09:46 , Jamie Braidwood Emma Raducanu will kick off a busy second round of action at Roland Garros and although her match should be wrapped up by lunch time, there will be plenty more to come. Cameron Norrie is desperate to go on a run at a grand slam and has the chance to take advantage of a good draw as the British No 1 takes on Australian qualifier Jason Kubler, in a match that should start at around midday. Elsewhere, Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic should dominate the afternoon session, as they face Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Alex Molcan respectively, while Alexander Zverev and Maria Sakkari are other top seeds in action. 09:36 , Jamie Braidwood Undoubtedly the story of the day in Roland Garros on Wednesday was the warrior Jo-Wilfried Tsonga going out on his sword in a dramatic and emotional defeat to the No. 8 seed Casper Ruud. They were joined by Stefanos Tsitsipas, who had to fight from two sets down to defeat the 20-year-old Italian Lorenzo Mussetti in a match that did not finish until after midnight in Paris. Raducanu vs Sasnovich: Last time out 09:25 , Jamie Braidwood Raducanu and today’s opponent Sasnovich have met once before, at last season’s delayed Indian Wells tournament. Raducanu arrived on the back of her US Open triumph but Sasnovich won 6-2, 6-4 what was the Briton’s first match since that remarkable victory at Flushing Meadows. Raducanu on Wimbledon ranking points: ‘I’m here to play tennis' 09:16 , Jamie Braidwood Emma Raducanu has said she will play Wimbledon this summer despite the tournament carrying no ranking points following the All England Club’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing. Raducanu reached the fourth round on her breakthrough appearance at Wimbledon last summer and as it stands she will not be able to defend the second highest points on her ranking card. I think that I am really again still looking forward to playing at the championships in front of a home crowd.” Raducanu reveals gym work in bid to keep up with French Open heavyweights 09:10 , Jamie Braidwood Emma Raducanu has turned to pumping iron in a bid to keep up with the heavyweights at Roland Garros.British number one Raducanu knows she needs to improve on her physicality having picked up a series of injury niggles since her memorable US Open triumph eight months ago.The 19-year-old also knows she no longer has the element of surprise that helped carry her to success at Flushing Meadows.So Raducanu has embarked on a new fitness regime, which already seems to be paying off at the French Open after she outlasted Czech teenager Linda Noskova over three sets in the first round on Monday.Raducanu, who faces Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in the first match on Court Suzanne-Lenglen on Wednesday, said: “I think that it is definitely improving. How to watch the French Open online and on TV 09:05 , Jamie Braidwood You can catch live action from Roland Garros on Eurosport 1 - Sky channel 410, BT 435, Virgin 521. French Open order of play on day four 09:04 , Jamie Braidwood The full schedule is available here. 08:56 , Jamie Braidwood Hello, good morning and welcome to live updates as Emma Raducanu looks to continue her French Open bid against Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round at Roland Garros. Raducanu is making her main draw debut on the clay in Paris this week and had to battle from a set down to defeat fellow teenager Linda Noskova on Monday and claim her first victory at the second grand slam of the season.The British No 1 now faces the World No 47 Sasnovich in the opening match of the day on Court Suzanne Lenglen, in what will be a test of physcicality after her efforts on Monday night. It’s an area of her game the US Open champion has been looking to improve after her season has been disrupted by injuries.

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Emma Raducanu eliminated in the second round at the French Open; Cameron Norrie goes through

Emma Raducanu is eliminated from the French Open after a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round. (Author: Gardener)

Emma RaducanuEmma Raducanu eliminated in the second round at the French Open; Cameron Norrie beats Emma Raducanu, eliminated in the second round at the French Open; Cameron Norrie goes through Emma Raducanu is eliminated after a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round at the French Open. The French Open is the last Grand Slam where Raducanu made her debut and for one set it looked like she had the competition completely under control. However, in the second and third sets, Sasnovich raised her own level significantly, while mistakes became part of Raducanu's work. Sasnovich now meets Angelique Kerber in the third round at Roland Garros and Raducanu's focus will be on the upcoming grass season. Raducanu and Sasnovich, world No. 47 from Belarus, had previously only met once on the WTA Tour. Last year's match in Indian Wells saw Sasnovich convincingly 6-2, 6-4. Things looked different early on in Paris, however, as Raducanu defeated her opponent in game five of the opening set, who looked more comfortable of the two. Raducanu used her trusty backhand to stretch Sasnovich across the court, then secured the break with a stunning forehand winner. A second break ended the first set before she got off to a shaky start in the second that included two double faults from Raducanu - her first of the match. Sasnovich then grabbed a double break for a 4-0 lead. When Raducanu's game collapsed in the second set, Sasnovich's rose. She won 89 percent of the points on her first serve and delivered 19 winners to just four by Raducanu. She also kept her own unforced error rate low, making just four in the second set. Raducanu left the court for a bathroom break between sets and returned knowing she had to stem the momentum against them. The Brit reached 30:30 on the Sasnovich serve, only to net a backhand, prompting her to cover her face with her racquet in frustration. Still, the fist returned when holding a break point to make it 1-1. Game three of the deciding set would prove crucial; Sasnovich saved five break points on seven twos to hold. Then moments later, Raducanu mishit a forehand and found himself a breakdown. Sasnovich was now in complete control of the game and Raducanu couldn't stop the flow of winners against them. On Court 6, Cameron Norrie ensured at least one British player would be in the third round after defeating Australian qualifier Jason Kubler. Norrie's win was based on a strong serve, as he made 70 percent of his first serves and won 75 percent of the points from them. Despite 30 unforced errors, Norrie's 36 winners surpassed them and he was able to benefit from Kubler's extremely high number of errors (43). "I felt my game went well with his. I played my patterns and managed to win the first set. He fought back well and I played some loose points. But I was really happy with how I did it Game over." Winning six games in a row, finding a lot of width on my forehand and really spreading the space and hitting it very close to the line made it very difficult for him." 1 British men means he will now Norrie and Khachanov met 21st seeded Karen Khachanov in their first attempt to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam event.Norrie and Khachanov previously met five times at the ATP Tour clash with the Brit narrowly leading the neck-and-neck race with three wins Britain's No. 2 Dan Evans is still waiting to take on Sweden's Mikael Ymer in the second round Evans and Ymer will last match n, which will be held on Court 6 on Thursday. Evan's victory over Francisco Cerundolo in the first round marked his first triumph at Roland Garros in the peloton.

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John McEnroe calls Emma Raducanu's lack of a full-time coach "unbelievable".

Raducanu also reflected on a "challenging" first year on tour following her exit from the French Open (Author: Gardener)

John McEnroeEurosport commentator John McEnroe has called Emma Raducanu's lack of a conventional coach "incredible" after exiting the French Open in the second round, well beaten by world No. 47 Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Raducanu didn't bring a coach to Roland Garros after saying a month ago she was moving to a "new training model" that relies on the support of the Lawn Tennis Association and occasional meetings with advisers. "Honestly, if I were to win the US Open after qualifying, I wouldn't change my coach for at least next year, so I don't understand that move," he said in reference to Raducanu's split from Andrew Richardson last September year. "Obviously her parents are involved and they know more than I do," McEnroe added. "But this idea of ​​a revolving door of coaches - I just don't think that's good for a player, let alone a player at this stage in her career. After Richardson's departure, Raducanu was left without a coach for the remainder of the season before finally signing Torben Beltz, a German who had previously worked with Angelique Kerber, in November. But that never looked like a lasting partnership and ended last month. Her father Ian is known for his belief that tennis coaches have specific areas of expertise. But McEnroe clearly feels Raducanu is being left without an experienced mentor to lean on from week to week. "I think movement is a problem for them," McEnroe said after Raducanus' 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 return through Sasnovich. She's put herself in a difficult position because a lot is expected of her and we're not sure about the people around her that she's comfortable with right now. Hopefully she finds that in the next year or two. At Wimbledon last year she couldn't finish a match due to stress and it got to be too much. Then she came out and did something that no one - man or woman - has ever done in 150 years of tennis, coming out of qualifiers and winning. She changed coaches three, four or five times, which is incredible for someone who has just won a Major.” Emma Raducanu struggled again at Roland Garros Raducanu's loss to Sasnovich marked the end of her first full year on the professional tour. In her own press conference after the game, she wanted to point out how far she had come in that time. The best marker, she said, was where she played around this time last May: at the Connaught Club in Chingford, on the edge of Epping Forest. "We said this morning with my team, it's pretty much a one year anniversary since my return to competitive tennis," said Raducanu. “I played a Brit Tour [event] in Connaught. I think I've come a long way since then.” Then Raducanu was ranked 364, playing in an eight-man field and losing to the unranked Katherine Barnes in the semifinals. On Wednesday, she fought hard on the 10,000-seat Court Suzanne-Lenglen as she lost to world No. 47 Sasnovich in the second round at Roland Garros. With the kind of standards that US Open champion Raducanu sets for herself, defeat will sting. But with that she also closes the chapter of her rookie year in which she has grappled with new territories and experiences at every event. "I think I'm really excited to go around for the second time," Raducanu said. “I think this year has always been a challenge for me to adapt and find my feet. It'll be a lot more familiar this time.” Although she admitted to getting tired during Wednesday's game as fitness has been a recurring factor in recent months, she said a big “positive” from Paris is that she is recovering from various injury woes feel good physically. She will now return to domestic grass-court events in the run-up to Wimbledon, playing at the Rothesay Classic Birmingham from 11 June – her first competitive game in Britain since she broke through at Wimbledon last summer. Nottingham is an option but she made no formal commitments on Wednesday, instead looking back at her years of progress. "I've definitely grown a lot in the last 12 months," she said. “On and off the pitch I feel like I've probably improved on how much I'm fighting. I think that's one of my biggest strengths and even more so on the tour this year and it's definitely been an eye opener to how good everyone is and how there's a lot of depth to the game." "I think it's a pretty positive year just because I've learned so much and I think the amount of learning I've made is worth every result, to be honest." Watch every Roland-Garros match live and exclusively on Discovery+ and Eurosport on

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Man United stars have had a season to forget

Looking back at the top performers and biggest flops of the 2021-22 Premier League season isn't good reading if you're a Man United fan. (Author: Gardener)

2021-22After a final day of drama, the glittering Premier League prizes are decided: Manchester City become champions for the fourth time in five years, Liverpool fall by photo finish, Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League and Leeds United march into another season in the top division. And what about those who would rather forget the season? - O'Hanlon, Connelly: Premier League 2021-22 Awards (E+) - Football on ESPN+: FC Daily | Futbol Americas - Don't have ESPN? David de Gea (Manchester United): A controversial choice perhaps against the claims of Liverpool's Alisson and Manchester City's Ederson, but De Gea worked wonders amid the United season's train wreck. He made some stunning saves and without him United wouldn't even have qualified for the Europa League. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool): Still some doubts about his defense but this is a classic case of him judging what he can not what he can't. Here's a full-back whose ability to hit passes, crosses and score goals sets him apart as a unique talent. England have to find a way to use it. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool): Masterful, he seems to do everything without shifting out of second gear. Not an easy task in a defense that plays so high with both full-backs that the central defenders are additionally challenged. Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea): Robust and uncompromising, he will be greatly missed when he joins Real Madrid from Stamford Bridge this summer. Joao Cancelo (Manchester City): A defender with the ball-playing skills of a No. 10, he was at times sensational as City won the title. Prefers right-back but is equally adept at his team's somewhat problematic left-back position. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City): Certainly would play in almost every Premier League XI ever and his fabulous pass to City's title-winning goal against Aston Villa summed him up. Has the ability to see, time and weight a pass like few players and has added more goals to his repertoire this season. Declan Rice (West Ham United): The torchbearer in the Hammers' superb season was one reason they reached a Europa League semi-final and finished seventh in the Premier League, good enough for a Europa Conference League spot. West Ham will play hardball with potential suitors. Christian Eriksen (Brentford): The story of the season. Eight months after we feared for his life when he collapsed on the pitch at Euros, the Dane returned to convert Brentford just as they were starting to fight. With him in the starting XI, the Bees won seven out of ten games. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool): Dangerous man. Although his form has slacked off, it was still a superb season for the Egyptian as he finished as joint top-scorer in the league and also topped the assists table. Rings alarm bells every time he gets the ball. Harry Kane (Tottenham): Started the season a bit pouting when his hoped-for move to Manchester City fell through, but then showed he can not only score goals but also fall deep to set them up. Spurs' qualification for the Champions League will likely mean he stays for as long as manager Antonio Conte does. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham): He and Kane are now officially the best forward partnership in Premier League history. Full of dashing, clever runs and masterful finishes, he shares the Golden Boot with Salah this season and plays with a smile on his face. Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea): The world's most expensive goalkeeper finished a distant second to Edouard Mendy at Stamford Bridge. Then, coming on as a 'shoot-out specialist' in the Carabao Cup final, he failed to make a single save and then missed his own penalty as Liverpool won 11-10 on penalties. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United): The £50m right-back lost his way and his place to Diogo Dalot in United's disastrous season. Harry Maguire (Manchester United): Often excellent for England, he looked a shadow of himself for United. Disappointment at losing the Euro 2020 final and United's struggles have undoubtedly hit his confidence. Raphael Varane (Manchester United): The arrival of one of the most decorated players in football today was widely hailed as a coup, but his first season at Old Trafford ended with him spending many time-outs injured and the club conceding more goals than relegated Burnley. Junior Firpo (Leeds United): Signed from Barcelona, ​​he hasn't been able to make many friends among Elland Road fans. Part of the second weakest defense in the Premier League, conceding 79 goals. Paul Pogba (Manchester United): Almost the 'invisible man' at Old Trafford and seemingly on his way out. The obvious talent he frequently displays for France has rarely been seen in a United shirt. N'Golo Kante (Chelsea): A vital cog at Stamford Bridge and still a top player, but a string of injuries kept him only at the start of games in a frustrating season. His frequent absences were a big reason Chelsea lost momentum, as Thomas Tuchel admitted last week. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United): Seemed hampered by Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival and never looked like the same player who trumped with goals and assists last season. Getting a tune from him is a key task for new boss Erik ten Hag. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United): No excuse for so many United players in this team of 'disappointments'. Often left out, he appeared without trust and belief. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea): After a stellar title-winning season at Inter Milan, he was seen as the final £97.5m piece in the Chelsea jigsaw puzzle. Scored just one Premier League goal in open play, losing his place to Edward Nketiah.

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Buying his story thesis will continue to hurt (NYSE

QuantumScape's "story" stock thesis continues as its massive post-IPO bull trap continues to haunt its "long-term" investors. Click here for a full analysis of QS stock. (Author: Gardener)

NYSEQuantumScape Corporation's (NYSE:QS) "story" stock thesis continues as its massive post-IPO bull trap continues to haunt its "long-term" investors. In our previous articles, we've repeatedly warned investors to avoid stocks like QS. QuantumScape is still a long way from demonstrating commercial success as it faces increasing competition from leading car and battery manufacturers. As such, we urged investors looking to invest in the electric vehicle or battery space to seek proven commercial leadership. As a result, we are not surprised to see QS collapse to $10 from its recent May lows and hobble around its short-term support level. Our price action analysis suggests that a potential short-term rally may be imminent. However, we urge investors to stay away from highly speculative stocks like QS stock unless they eventually want to be burned. As such, we reiterate our Hold rating on QS stock and urge investors to stay away. Readers can observe that QS won't be making free cash flow (FCF) positive until FY26 and is expected to continue to burn money quickly. Given the "phenomenal" FCF burn rate estimates, we won't be surprised if the company needs to raise cash in the future. However, given the depressed current share price, we believe it will be difficult to raise significant funds without significant potential shareholder dilution. Additionally, investors must not underestimate the immense challenge and CapEx requirements to commercialize and scale their technology. We respect Singh's ambitions to be among the leaders in revolutionizing the EV battery market with solid state batteries. But as investors, we shouldn't be biased towards someone's big ambitions. Additionally, QuantumScape has not proven it can produce at scale. Besides, why would retail investors fund QuantumScape's dreams when it has nothing to offer investors now? Investors shouldn't look at QuantumScape in isolation. The world's largest battery manufacturers are not based in the United States. Avid investors should know that CATL (#1) and BYD (OTCPK:BYDDY) (OTCPK:BYDDF) (#3) are the leading battery makers in China in terms of battery power shipments. Both CATL and BYD are still growing fast and are FCF profitable. China dominates the refining and manufacturing of battery raw materials. Barron's reported that China "refines 60% of the world's lithium, controls 77% of global battery cell capacity and 60% of global battery component manufacturing." Hence, it is a huge industry for China as part of its global EV dominance strategy. Therefore, we believe it will be a gigantic task to expect QuantumScape to compete against even two of China's main battery manufacturers. Additionally, automakers (legacy and pure-play BEVs) are also moving into the solid-state space. For example, China's leading pure NEV manufacturer NIO (NIO) is scheduled to launch its semi-solid-state batteries with its battery supplier in Q4 22. Additionally, General Motors (GM) and Honda (HMC) recently expanded their partnership to develop solid-state batteries for their electric vehicles. The race will intensify and QuantumScape faces an increasingly competitive market for profitable companies with a deep manufacturing bank. In addition, earlier this year, CATL emphasized that "solid-state battery development still faces technical difficulties and mass production will take a long time." As a result, the company expects solid-state batteries to account for just 1% of the market share by 2030. Our price action analysis shows that QS stock may have hit a short-term bottom after its sharp sell-off in May. However, despite the low, we are in no rush to place a speculative countertrend trade on QS stock. We believe QS stock is just too speculative for our comfort. It's too much of a story stock, and there are enough story stock pieces to choose from lately. Additionally, the series of bull traps has also shown that QS stock has been a favorite of market makers to trap unsuspecting dip buyers, as seen above. We believe the stock could rally to resistance around $19 before falling further and breaking its $10 support to its subsequent lower lows. We therefore reiterate our Hold rating on QS shares. We urge investors to consider reducing exposure on the next potential rally. We also caution new investors to stay away from this stock.

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Leeds United are close to signing Brenden Aaronson

Leeds United USMNT star Brenden Aaronson is reportedly set to secure a £28million deal when Jesse Marsch begins his rebuild at Elland Road. (Author: Gardener)

Leeds UnitedLeeds United complete the £28million signing of Brenden Aaronson after they avoided relegation on the final day of the Premier League season, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. After a thrilling final day of Premier League action on Sunday, Jesse Marsch's men guaranteed survival. The order was easy to come into play - Leeds needed to improve on Burnley's result against Newcastle but they had to wait until the very last moment. Now it appears the Leeds hierarchy is wasting no time and is keen to make their mark in the transfer window by bolstering their exhausted squad with the signing of playmaker Aaronson, 21, who was the subject of two failed January bids. Leeds finalize deal with Brenden Aaronson, things are about to kick off. Full deal reached with RB Salzburg and paperwork to be prepared soon, deal worth £28m, as reported yesterday. The Premier League club had two rejected offers for the Red Bull Salzburg man, a £15m offer followed by a better offer of around £20m towards the end of the winter window. However, Leeds director of football Victor Orta was determined to sign the talented midfielder and traveled to Austria for transfer talks with Salzburg officials, while Marsch's appointment seemed to improve the chances of such a deal. It is now understood that a summer deal has been agreed between the clubs for some time, while personal terms have also been agreed with the player, but their relegation situation proved a major obstacle. And with that out of the way, Leeds are likely to act quickly and reach an agreement in the coming days, with an official announcement expected in the next few days. Leeds striking a deal to sign Aaronson early in the summer window is an excellent deal as it gives them an edge over their rivals. The 21-year-old forward has certainly had an impressive season, making 41 appearances, including six goals and ten assists. He's also featured in eight Champions League games this season, so he's got a lot of experience for someone his age. Aaronson's arrival will add energy and dynamism to Marsch's midfield, while his strong American relationship with the former Salzburg head coach will further help him adjust to the demands of the Premier League. But with some smart deals and exciting talent like Joe Gelhardt coming through their production line, Leeds could take a potential hit.

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