Sakkari out of French Open as Tsitsipas survives sticky start


The French Open has started this week and whilst Greek tennis star Maria Sakkari was knocked out in the first round, Stefanos Tsitsipas survived his sticky start to progress to round two.

No.88 Varvara Gracheva engineered the biggest upset of the French Open on Monday, coming from a set down to defeat No.6 seed Sakkari 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round. 

Sakkari is the first Top 10 seed to fall through the first two days of the tournament. 

Elsewhere, Tsitsipas pulled through a tough opening set before claiming a comfortable first-round win on Monday.

The ninth-seeded Greek fended off a set point in the opening set before securing a 7-6(7), 6-4, 6-1 victory against Marton Fucsovics. 

“I played brilliant tennis towards the end and felt really comfortable with my shots, with any decision I tried to apply, it worked brilliantly,” Tsitsipas said after the match.

Tsitsipas will take on Germany’s Daniel Altmaier in the French Open second round.

Source: ATP and WTA.




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