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French Open 2021: Venus Williams-Coco Gauff lose in doubles debut, Zverev keeps it short

The brand new doubles partnership of Venus Williams and Coco Gauff didn’t go very far on the French Open.

The 40-year-old Williams and 17-year-old Gauff misplaced to 13th-seeded Ellen Perez and Zheng Saisai 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-Three within the first spherical.

It marked the primary time that Williams had performed a Grand Slam doubles match with anybody however her sister. She and Serena Williams have gained 14 Grand Slam doubles titles.

Zverev retains it quick, advances to third spherical at French Open

Down 4-1 within the third set, Alexander Zverev determined it was time to shorten his match on the French Open.

He was decided to keep away from one other prolonged battle following a five-set battle within the earlier spherical, so he utilized strain on qualifier Roman Safiullin. The sixth-seeded German gained the subsequent sport at love, broke again by pushing his rival into unforced errors and was almost flawless within the tiebreaker.

The reward was a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (1) victory to advance into the third spherical at Roland Garros.

“I’m blissful to be by way of in three units. I’m blissful to not have performed one other five-setter,” Zverev mentioned. “I feel it’s going to be vital for me through the course of this match.”

Zverev, dealing with a rival he has identified since their days within the boys’ classes, dropped his serve thrice on Court docket Suzanne Lenglen however managed to meet up with Safiullin. It wasn’t easy — he hit 10 double-faults and challenged a number of calls — however he stored his cool when it mattered.

A 25-shot rally within the closing tiebreaker epitomized Zverev’s combative perspective. First on the defensive, Zverev turned it round and gained the purpose with a passing shot. He took the subsequent 5 factors to seal the match and prolong his excellent document in opposition to qualifiers to 4 matches on the Paris clay.

Zverev has been in wonderful kind within the buildup to the clay-court main. He’s among the many high contenders in Paris following his title in Madrid, the place he beat Rafael Nadal.

Zverev was joined within the third spherical by qualifier Henri Laaksonen, who hit 53 winners to upset 11th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. The 29-year-old Swiss had by no means overwhelmed a high 20 participant earlier than.

“I used to be not anticipating that I’d win right now,” Laaksonen mentioned. “It’s an important end result. I wish to enhance my sport and let’s see what occurs.”

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