French Open, Day 5: Serena, Sharapova advance

All the top stars including Nadal, Del Potro, Sharapova and Serena progressed to the next round of French Open.

Maria Sharapova takes on Donna Vekic of Croatia in her second round match at French Open.   -  Getty Images

Hello and welcome to live updates from day five of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros.

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For the first time in four days, we have no carryover matches.  

Overall results: Men's singles and Women singles

12:45: Three match points for Serena Williams and she needs only one to seal the deal. Serena wins 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the third round. She will face Julia Goerges next.

And she is all smiles..

 

12:40 am: Serena has served eight aces so far in the competition. She serves for the match at 5-4.

12:20 am: Barty trying her all to get back into the game, but Serena holds on for a 4-2 lead.

12:12am: Serena gets the crucial break to go 2-1 up in the deciding set.

11:57pm: Serena clinches the second set 6-3 and forces a decider. Game on!

 

11:50pm: A good comeback from Superwoman Serena Williams. She broke Barty early in the second set and is currently 5-2 up.

Garcia wins

11:45pm: Caroline Garcia clinches a hard-fought 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over China's Peng Shuai.

 

11:25pm: Barty wins the first set against Serena Williams 6-3.

11:15pm:  Ashleigh Barty has Serena on the backfoot, leads the first set 5-2.

Herbert, the victor

Pierre-Hugues Herbert wins the all-French battle with Jeremy Chardy. Herbert was one the who held his nerve at the end to pull off a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 win.

 

10:56pm: Serena Williams begins her match against Ashleigh Barty on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

And Peng Shuai takes Caroline Garcia into a deciding set.

10:47pm: Isner's through, with 38 aces along the way to a 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 6-2 win over Zeballos.

10:40pm: Garcia wins the first set 6-4 against Shaui Peng.

Meanwhile, Court 18 has finally seen a break of serve, two in fact. Isner leads 5-1 in the fourth.

And Juan Martin del Potro is through to a third round match with Albert Ramos Viñolas after beating Julien Benneteau 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

On Court 1, the Chardy-Herbert match is into a fifth set.

10:15pm: Three tie-breaks and yet no break of serve as Isner leads Zeballos two sets to one. Just look at these stats: Isner's won 89 per cent of his first serves and 87 of his second serves! Zeballos is not far behind with 87 and 75. The American's also sent down 34 aces in the match.

10:00pm: Delpo's up two sets to love against Benneteau.

Schwartzman is into the third round with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 win over Pavlásek.

On Court 1, Herbert now leads Chardy two sets to one.

9:38pm: Twelfth seed Angelique Kerber is through with an easy 6-2, 6-3 victory over Ana Bogdan.

9:34pm: Isner wins the second set against Zeballos in a tie-break. Still no breaks of serve in the match. The 6ft10 American is hard to break, that's for sure. Remember Wimbledon and that 70–68 fifth set?

As for Zeballos, he's one of only four men to defeat Nadal in a clay final. The others: Federer, Djokovic and Murray.

On Court 1, Herbert and Chardy are level at a set all.

9:23pm: Rafael Nadal is through with a clinical 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 win over Guido Pella. The King of Clay is now five match wins away from La Undecima. His next opponent: Richard Gasquet in the third round.

 

Up next on Court Suzanne-Lenglen, French hope Caroline Garcia, the No.7 seed, will face China's Peng Shuai.

9:17pm: Casper Ruud, the last player below the age of 20 left in either singles draw, is out, losing 4-6, 2-6, 4-6 to Albert Ramos Viñolas. Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov, both 19, lost earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, Delpo wins the first set against Benneteau 6-4.

And Isner and Zeballos are going toe to toe in the second set. There's been no break of serve in their match yet.

9:00pm: Jérémy Chardy wins the first set 6-2 against French compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Diego Schwartzman, the 11th seed, is also up a set, against qualifier Adam Pavlásek.

Out on Court 18, John Isner, the top ranked American, has dropped the first set to Horacio Zeballos of Argentina in a tie-break.

8:47pm: Nadal wins the second set 6-1 on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

On Court Philippe-Chatrier, fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro has begun his second round match against France's Julien Benneteau.

8:30pm: Nadal is cruising along against Pella. He's up 6-2, 3-0.

World No.1 Simona Halep breezes into the next round with a 6-3, 6-1 win over American Taylor Townsend, a day after she won a tough rain-delayed three-set first round match.

Kevin Anderson, the South African sixth seed, is through to the round of 32 with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 win over Argentina's Pablo Cuevas.

8:13pm: Maria Sharapova is through to the next round after registering a 7-5, 6-4 win over Croatia's Donna Vekic. In men's singles, Mischa Zverev advances to the third round after beating Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 7-6, 7-6, 6-1.

7:43pm: Lucie Safarova has been knocked out of French Open by Czech compatriot Karolina Pliskova, the sixth seed, who won 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Meanwhile, Rafa Nadal has taken 3-2 lead in the first set against Guido Pella of Argentina.

7:23pm: In women's singles, B. Mattek-Sands is out of French Open after losing her second round match to Andrea Petkovic 0-6, 6-7.

7:00pm: Richard Gasquet of France is through to the third round, with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 win over Malek Jaziri of Tunisia.

6:45pm: Contrasting results for Great Britain in men's singles. Kyle Edmund wins his second round match, beating Fucsovics 6-0, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3. In another match, Cameron Norrie is knocked out by Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

 

6:00pm: Steve Johnson (USA) beats Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 6-2 to enter third round. In women's singles, Daria Gavrilova (AUS) defeated Bernarda Pera (USA) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.

5:52pm: Marterer knocks Shapovalov out with a resilient win. After conceding the first set, the German bounced back to close out the match 7-6 (7/4), 7-5, 6-4.

 

5:30pm: Cilic is through to the third round after a hard-fought 6-2 6-2 6-7(3) 7-5 win over Hurkacz.

 

5:18pm: Zverev takes the first set 6-3 against Stakhovsky while on Court 3, Edmund wins the first set 6-0 and now trailing 0-5 in the second one against Fucsovics.

 

4:50pm: Fabio Fognini storms into the third round after a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win over Sweden's Elias Ymer.

4:46pm: Hubert Hurkacz takes the third set tie-break against Marin Cilic.

4:39pm: On Court 18, Fognini is cruising against Ymer after being two-sets up and now few points away from taking the match.

4:35pm: Samantha Stosur moves to next round (AUS) beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-2, 7-6 (7/1). Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) also advances after defeating Belinda Bencic (SUI) 6-2, 6-4.

4:27pm: Richard Gasquet vs M. Jaziri second round match begins at Suzanne Lenglen Court, while in another match, Cilic is facing a tough contest from Hurkacz.

Shapovalov after taking the first set, concedes the second one to Marterer.

4:15 pm: Heather Watson is out, losing 3-6, 4-6 to Mertens. There’s still hope for the British in the men’s draw: Cameron Norrie’s second round match, suspended overnight, will resume soon, and Kyle Edmund will take to the court later. A little hope.

4:10 pm: Garbiñe Muguruza is comfortably through to the third round with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Fiona Ferro.

On Court Philippe-Chatrier, Čilić loses his serve in the fifth game of the third set, but immediately breaks back.

And on Court 1, the action is a bit more tense. Marterer, serving for the second set, is broken by Shapovalov.

3:55 pm: British hopes for a first women’s singles Grand Slam title since 1977 are fading: Heather Watson is trailing Belgium’s Elise Mertens 3-6, 2-4.

British No.1 Johanna Konta, seeded 22nd, had lost her opener on Sunday.

The last British woman to win a Major was Virginia Wade, at Wimbledon 41 years ago. The last Brit to win the French Open in singles – male or female? Sue Barker in ’76.

3:45 pm: Hurkacz double-faults to give Čilić the break and the second set. The Croatian third seed is up 6-2, 6-2.

Shapovalov is serving at 3-1 in the second set on Court 1.

3:30 pm: Čilić is making it look easy. He’s now up 4-1 in the second set against Hurkacz.

As is Muguruza. She’s broken Ferro in the first game of the second.

3:24 pm: Muguruza takes the first set 6-4.

And the first break of the match in the 12th game gives Shapovalov the opening set. The Canadian got only 50 per cent of his first serves in, but he won a whopping 93 per cent of those.

3:15 pm: Čilić breaks Hurkacz a second time to win the first set.

On Court 1, Canadian 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov, who earlier this month became the youngest man to be ranked in the top 30 since Milos Raonic in 2005, is taking on Maximilian Marterer for a place in the round of 32.

3:10 pm: Samantha Stosur, the 2010 French Open runner-up, wins the first set 6-2 against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, while Muguruza is up a break in the opening set of her match.

2:54 pm: Second round action gets underway with Marin Cilic taking on Hubert Hurkacz in the men's singles. Among the women, Garbiñe Muguruza, the 2016 Roland Garros champion who's seeded third seed this year, is up against French wild card Fiona Ferro.

 

Three matches to watch at Roland Garros on Thursday:

Serena Williams vs Ashleigh Barty

Having previously not played a Grand Slam match since the 2017 Australian Open final, Williams will step out on court at the French Open for the third straight day when she faces Australian Barty on Court Philippe Chatrier.

The 23-time major champion grabbed headlines as much for her attire as for her play as she beat Kristyna Pliskova in the first round on Monday, before donning the eye-catching catsuit again the following day in a doubles victory alongside older sister Venus.

Rafael Nadal vs Guido Pella

Nadal's search for a stunning 11th title will continue with a rare appearance on Court Suzanne Lenglen against Argentinian Guido Pella. The top seed struggled at times against Italian lucky loser Simone Bolelli in the first round -- saving four set points to avoid dropping a set at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015.

The great Spaniard has only ever played world number 78 and his fellow left-hander Pella once, winning 6-3, 6-2 at Indian Wells last year.

Maria Sharapova vs Donna Vekic

Two-time champion Sharapova had to dig very deep to edge out little-known qualifier Richel Hogenkamp in the third set in the first round, and will need to improve against dangerous 21-year-old Croatian Donna Vekic to extend her first French Open campaign since 2015.

Sharapova and Serena are only two wins each away from possibly facing off in a heavyweight fourth-round showdown, although the Russian may have to get past sixth seed Karolina Pliskova in the last 32.

The 31-year-old Sharapova, seeded 28, has never faced the 50th-ranked Vekic before.

Order of Play, May 31 (Time in GMT):

Court Philippe-Chatrier (Play starts at 11am)

Marin CILIC (CRO) [3] vs Hubert HURKACZ (POL)

Not before 12pm

Lucas POUILLE (FRA) [15] vs Cameron NORRIE (GBR)

To be completed: Pouille leads 6-2 6-4 5-7

Simona HALEP (ROU) [1] vs Taylor TOWNSEND (USA)

Julien BENNETEAU (FRA) vs Juan Martin DEL POTRO (ARG) [5]

Serena WILLIAMS (USA) vs Ashleigh BARTY (AUS) [17]

Court Suzanne-Lenglen (Play starts at 11am)

Garbiñe MUGURUZA (ESP) [3] vs Fiona FERRO (FRA)

Malek JAZIRI (TUN) vs Richard GASQUET (FRA) [27]

Rafael NADAL (ESP) [1] vs Guido PELLA (ARG)

Shuai PENG (CHN) vs Caroline GARCIA (FRA) [7]

Court 1 (Play starts at 11am)

Denis SHAPOVALOV (CAN) [24] vs Maximilian MARTERER (GER)

Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS) [28] vs Donna VEKIC (CRO)

Pierre-Hugues HERBERT (FRA) vs Jeremy CHARDY (FRA)

Julia GOERGES (GER) [11] vs Alison VAN UYTVANCK (BEL)

Court 18 (Play starts at 11am)

Fabio FOGNINI (ITA) [18] vs Elias YMER (SWE)

Not before 12pm

Dominic THIEM (AUT) [7] vs Stefanos TSITSIPAS (GRE)

To be completed: Thiem leads 6-2 2-6 6-4

Lucie SAFAROVA (CZE) vs Karolina PLISKOVA (CZE) [6]

John ISNER (USA)[9] vs Horacio ZEBALLOS (ARG)

Shuai ZHANG (CHN) [27] vs Irina-Camelia BEGU (ROU)

Court 3 (Play starts at 11am)

Heather WATSON (GBR) vs Elise MERTENS (BEL) [16]

Marton FUCSOVICS (HUN) vs Kyle EDMUND (GBR) [16]

Thomas FABBIANO (ITA) vs Borna CORIC (CRO)

Kristina MLADENOVIC (FRA) & Alexis MUSIALEK (FRA)

vs Anabel MEDINA GARRIGUES (ESP) & Marcel GRANOLLERS (ESP)

Court 4 (Play starts at 11am)

Tessah ANDRIANJAFITRIMO (FRA) & Ugo HUMBERT (FRA)

vs Nicole MELICHAR (USA) & Alexander PEYA (AUT)

Raquel ATAWO (USA) & Anna-Lena GROENEFELD (GER) [11]

vs Zarina DIYAS (KAZ) & Saisai ZHENG (CHN)

Sara ERRANI (ITA) & Kirsten FLIPKENS (BEL)

vs Clara BUREL (FRA) & Diane PARRY (FRA)

Lara ARRUABARRENA (ESP) & Katarina SREBOTNIK (SLO)

vs Elise MERTENS (BEL) [12] & Demi SCHUURS (NED)

Sara CAKAREVIC (FRA) & Alexandre MULLER (FRA)

vs Vania KING (USA) & Franko SKUGOR (CRO)

Court 5 (Play starts at 11am)

Samantha STOSUR (AUS) vs Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) [30]

Irina BARA (ROU) & Mihaela BUZARNESCU (ROU)

vs Xenia KNOLL (SUI) & Anna SMITH (GBR)

Viktorija GOLUBIC (SUI) & Nina STOJANOVIC (SRB)

vs Amandine HESSE (FRA) & Pauline PARMENTIER (FRA)

Daria GAVRILOVA (AUS) & Daria KASATKINA (RUS)

vs Nao HIBINO (JPN) & Oksana KALASHNIKOVA (GEO)

Anna-Lena GROENEFELD (GER) & Robert FARAH (COL) [8]

vs Coco VANDEWEGHE (USA) & Rajeev RAM (USA)

Court 6 (Play starts at 11am)

Ruben BEMELMANS (BEL) vs Jurgen ZOPP (EST)

Lesia TSURENKO (UKR) vs Coco VANDEWEGHE (USA) [15]

Diego SCHWARTZMAN (ARG) [11] vs Adam PAVLASEK (CZE)

Benjamin BONZI (FRA) & Gregoire JACQ (FRA)

vs Rohan BOPANNA (IND) & Edouard ROGER-VASSELIN (FRA) [13]

Court 7 (Play starts at 11am)

Jan-Lennard STRUFF (GER) vs Steve JOHNSON (USA)

Pablo CUEVAS (URU) vs Kevin ANDERSON (RSA) [6]

Angelique KERBER (GER) [12] vs Ana BOGDAN (ROU)

Court 8 (Play starts at 11am)

Daria GAVRILOVA (AUS) [24] vs Bernarda PERA (USA)

Bethanie MATTEK-SANDS (USA) vs Andrea PETKOVIC (GER)

Albert RAMOS-VINOLAS (ESP) [31] vs Casper RUUD (NOR)

Lyudmyla KICHENOK (UKR) & Lesia TSURENKO (UKR)

vs Andrea SESTINI HLAVACKOVA (CZE) & Barbora STRYCOVA (CZE) [2]

Court 9 (Play starts at 11am)

Magdalena RYBARIKOVA (SVK) [19] vs Belinda BENCIC (SUI)

Sergiy STAKHOVSKY (UKR) vs Mischa ZVEREV (GER)

Aliaksandra SASNOVICH (BLR) vs Kiki BERTENS (NED) [18]

Anna BLINKOVA (RUS) & Lucie HRADECKA (CZE)

vs Viktoria KUZMOVA (SVK) & Magdalena RYBARIKOVA (SVK)

Court 12 (Play starts at 11am)

Anna KALINSKAYA (RUS) & Ekaterina MAKAROVA (RUS)

vs Jennifer BRADY (USA) & Vania KING (USA)

Wesley KOOLHOF (NED) & Artem SITAK (NZL)

vs Ivan DODIG (CRO) & Rajeev RAM (USA) [9]

Raven KLAASEN (RSA) & Michael VENUS (NZL) [10]

vs Jonathan EYSSERIC (FRA) & Hugo NYS (FRA)

Roberto CARBALLES BAENA (ESP) & Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ (ESP)

vs Simone BOLELLI (ITA) & Fabio FOGNINI (ITA)

Court 14 (Play starts at 11am)

Ken SKUPSKI (GBR) & Neal SKUPSKI (GBR)

vs Daniele BRACCIALI (ITA) & Andreas SEPPI (ITA)

Monique ADAMCZAK (AUS) & Yafan WANG (CHN)

vs Andreja KLEPAC (SLO) & María José MARTINEZ SANCHEZ (ESP) [3]

Jamie MURRAY (GBR) & Bruno SOARES (BRA) [4]

vs Dusan LAJOVIC (SRB) & Florian MAYER (GER)

Alla KUDRYAVTSEVA (RUS) & Nikola MEKTIC (CRO)

vs Zhaoxuan YANG (CHN) & Aisam-ul-haq QURESHI (PAK)

Jelena OSTAPENKO (LAT) & Max MIRNYI (BLR)

vs Andreja KLEPAC (SLO) & Jean-Julien ROJER (NED) [5]

Court 15 (Play starts at 11am)

Dalila JAKUPOVIC (SLO) & Irina KHROMACHEVA (RUS)

vs Naomi BROADY (GBR) & Magda LINETTE (POL)

Barbora KREJCIKOVA (CZE) & Katerina SINIAKOVA (CZE) [6]

vs Vera LAPKO (BLR) & Raluca OLARU (ROU)

Federico DELBONIS (ARG) & Benoit PAIRE (FRA)

vs Ryan HARRISON (USA) & Vasek POSPISIL (CAN)

Johanna KONTA (GBR) & Dominic INGLOT (GBR)

vs Fiona FERRO (FRA) & Evan FURNESS (FRA)

Katerina SINIAKOVA (CZE) & Jamie MURRAY (GBR) [4]

vs María José MARTINEZ SANCHEZ (ESP) & Marcelo DEMOLINER (BRA)

Court 16 (Play starts at 11am)

Kaitlyn CHRISTIAN (USA) & Carina WITTHOEFT (GER)

vs María IRIGOYEN (ARG) & Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR)

Marcelo DEMOLINER (BRA) & Santiago GONZALEZ (MEX)

vs Feliciano LOPEZ (ESP) & Marc LOPEZ (ESP) [12]

Mirza BASIC (BIH) & Damir DZUMHUR (BIH)

vs Henri KONTINEN (FIN) & John PEERS (AUS) [3]

Abigail SPEARS (USA) & Juan Sebastian CABAL (COL)

vs Kveta PESCHKE (CZE) & Marcin MATKOWSKI (POL)

Evgeny DONSKOY (RUS) & Miguel Angel REYES-VARELA (MEX)

vs Leonardo MAYER (ARG) & Joao SOUSA (POR)