Pliskova made the ideal start in the tiebreak, building up a 3-0 lead, but Serena clinched six points in a row, and finally closed out the tiebreak after Pliskova sailed a backhand long.In the second Serena, who completed her first win of the season against a lefty player, the 168th in her career on clay, twice gave a break back to the Czech who started to play flatter and deeper down the line forehands in the second set.
But Sharapova rediscovered her game in the nick of time to reel off half-a-dozen games for a 6-1 4-6 6-3 victory.
As she served for the match, she slipped into the net, righting herself sporting an embarrassed smile.
Beginning his bid for a record-extending 11th championship at Roland Garros, Nadal needed to erase four set points to close things out Tuesday. In 2016, Nadal withdrew with an injured left wrist after a pair of easy victories, then claimed every set he played past year en route to the trophy. Garcia, who celebrated her 28th major match win, will face Shuai Peng who beat 6-3 6-4 Aleksandra Krunic in her first WTA victory of the season.
- Williams saves a break point for 2-2.
A year after losing in the opening round of qualifying in Paris, he is the second-youngest man in the French Open field.
Two-time Grand Slam victor Garbine Muguruza is back to winning ways at the French Open after beating Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, another former Roland Garros champion. Muguruza, who claimed the title in Paris two years ago, advanced to the second round with a 7-6 (7-0), 6-2 win.
Play has been interrupted at the French Open because of rain. I had a baby but I am so happy to be back. It is the first break of the match.
She had deliberately held back from a return, skipping Rome and Madrid, in order to make sure she was ready to compete on what is her least natural surface, training at the academy belonging to her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou.
Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza got the better of Svetlana Kuznetsova in a first-round meeting of two former champions. The 10-time French Open champion is leading 6-4, 6-3, 0-3.
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South Korea blamed him for the sinking of the Cheonan , a South Korean military ship, in 2010, which killed 46 South Koreans. At the same time, a "pre-advance" team was traveling to Singapore to meet with North Koreans, the White House said.
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He admitted to fatigue afterward, and then played all but two minutes in Game 6 despite a sore knee from a collision with Nance. James' offensive explosion took hold late in the first half as the Cavaliers took an 11-point advantage into the main break.
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Villa, meanwhile, were struggling to get going, particularly in the last third and looked prone to conceding another goal. It sparked a melee between players on both sides and like Fredericks, Grealish was lucky to stay on the pitch.