Emma Raducanu loses in 2nd round at French Open

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PARIS — U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu is out of the French Open in the second round.

Raducanu lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 to end her Roland Garros tournament debut.

The 19-year-old Raducanu broke Sasnovich in the fifth game of the opening set, hitting consecutive backhand winners followed by a forehand to clinch it.

Sasnovich couldn’t convert on three chances to break her opponent in the first set but took advantage with two breaks to start the second, when the 47th-ranked player also won 12 of 14 service points.

The 12th-seeded Raducanu failed to convert on five break-point chances at 1-1 in the third set as Sasnovich recorded her 16th career victory over a top-20 player.

Raducanu, who also lost to Sasnovich at Indian Wells last year in the Briton’s first match after winning the title at Flushing Meadows, had 17 winners and 33 unforced errors on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Sasnovich advanced to the third round at Roland Garros for the first time. This is her seventh appearance.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka also reached the third round by beating Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 7-6 (3).

Stefanos Tsitsipas overcomes 2-set hole to win at French Open

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PARIS — Stefanos Tsitsipas, the 2021 runner-up, overcame a two-set deficit against Lorenzo Musetti to advance to the second round at Roland Garros – a year after blowing a two-set lead in the final against Novak Djokovic.

Tsitsipas needed more than 3 1/2 hours to turn things around and get past Musetti 5-7, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 at Court Philippe Chatrier as the calendar flipped from Tuesday to Wednesday and the temperature dipped to about 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 Celsius).

The fourth-seeded Tsitsipas has not lost in the first round of the French Open since his debut in 2017. Since then, the 23-year-old from Greece has progressed further each year, getting to the second round in 2018, the fourth in 2019, the semifinals in 2020, and then losing the title match to Djokovic in five sets a year ago.

Musetti, a 20-year-old from Italy ranked 66th, also took a two-sets-to-none lead against Djokovic in last year’s French Open before stopping in the fifth set of their fourth-round match because of injury.

Hugo Gaston earns 5-set victory at French Open

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PARIS — Hugo Gaston pulled off a five-set victory over 19th-seeded Alex de Minaur of Australia.

The Frenchman trailed 3-0 in the deciding set after losing nine straight games before battling back to beat De Minaur 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6 (4) in a first-round match that lasted nearly four hours.

The 21-year-old left-hander rattled off five straight points in the tiebreaker to clinch victory in front of the home fans at Court Suzanne Lenglen.

De Minaur was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Open in 2020.