French Open: Federer off to winning start

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    Roger Federer kicked off his French Open campaign breezing through his opening match 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 against qualifier, Denis Istomin.

    Federer, who is making his 19th appearance at the French Open, hasn’t played a Grand Slam match in 487 days.

    However, he showed no sign of rustiness as he wrapped up the match in just 1 hour and 33 minutes.

    What was impressive was, he didn’t face a single breakpoint.

    In the second round, the Swiss will next play Marin Cilic, who defeated French wildcard Arthur Rinderknech in straight sets.

    Naomi Osaka withdraws

    The other big news of the day was the withdrawal of Naomi Osaka.

    Osaka’s action came a day after she was fined $15,000 for failing to meet her media requirements by the French Open organisers.

    Osaka failed to participate in her post-match press conference after defeating Patricia Maria Tig in the first round.

    Osaka’s decision to skip the press conference and openly talk about her mental health issues and public speaking anxiety was welcomed by many players, including tennis legend, Billie Jean King.

    Osaka has won the last two grand slams she has entered, the US Open and Australian Open.

    However, her game is more suited to hard courts and she has never made it past the third round in Paris.

    Muguruza knocked out

    In another major headline moment, the former champion Garbine Muguruza was ousted by Marta Kostyuk in straight sets in the opening round.

    The 2016 Roland Garros winner was beaten 6-1, 6-4 by world No. 81 Kostyuk in an hour and 29 minutes.

    Muguruza hit just 9 winners and made 40 unforced errors that cost her the match.

    Serena prevails

    Three-time champion Serena Williams defeated Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets to reach the second round.

    Serena, the seventh seed beat the world No. 74, Begu 7-6 (8-6), 6-2.

    She will play world No. 174 Mihaela Buzarnescu, another Romanian, in the second round.

     The world No. 8 is looking to win her 24th Grand Slam title to match the record holder Margaret Court.