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US Open champion Raducanu gears up on eve of French Open campaign

Follow live updates as the second round of the French Open gets underway at Roland Garros. Emma Raducanu’s journey is over, though, after a three-set defeat to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the opening match at Court Suzanne-Lenglen. Raducanu edged the first set but was ultimately overwhelmed by an inspired Sasnovich, who hit an incredible 45 winners in wrapping up a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory in a little over two hours.

It kicks off a packed day of action at Roland Garros, espcially in the men’s draw with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz all in action today. Nadal will highlight the night session on Philippe Chatrier as he takes on France’s Corentin Moutet, who knocked out former French Open champion Stan Wawrinka to reach the second round. Djokovic continues his grand slam return against Alex Molcan while Alcaraz faces compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas in an all-Spanish contest. Follow live updates from the French Open, below:

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Sasnovich 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 Raducanu

That winner count from Sasnovich was quite incredible – 45 to Raducanu’s 17 across all three sets. She really came alive as she stepped up the aggression in the second set and the forehand cross-court was the source of multiple points throughout the match.

The 6-1 third set is a little skewed, however. It certainly did not feel as one-sided as the second set and Raducanu had a big chance to break Sasnovich at 1-1, passing up five break points in an epic 12-minute game.

Sasnovich had looked a little awkward and the momentum could have turned if Raducanu had got ahead. Instead, Sasnovich broke in the next game and closed it out from there.

Jamie Braidwood25 May 2022 12:31

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Sasnovich 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 Raducanu – Game, set and match

Sasnovich wraps up the win with another winner, and that has been the story of the match. The Belarusian stepped up her game and played two brilliant sets after Raducanu edged the opener. There were winners flying everywhere and although Raducanu did not play poorly, on what is considered to be her weakest surface after all, she had few answers for what Sasnovich was producing.

Jamie Braidwood25 May 2022 12:12

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*Sasnovich 3-6, 6-1, 5-1 Raducanu – Sasnovich breaks

Big challenge for Raducanu now. She gets going with a one-two punch and forehand winner but then goes wide as she looks to repeat the trick on the next point, and then Sasnovich disguises another sliced backhand drop-shot to move to 15-30. Sasnovich nets on a running forehand, but then puts the pressure back on as she whips a backhand return onto the line and follows it with a forehand winner.

It brings up break point, maybe match point too, but Raducanu goes long with the third shot of the rally. It could be huge.

Jamie Braidwood25 May 2022 12:12

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Sasnovich 3-6, 6-1, 4-1 Raducanu*

We’re back to second-set Sasnovich, with a forehand winner followed by two deft drop-shots to take a hold to love. There was little Raducanu could do about that.

Jamie Braidwood25 May 2022 12:07

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*Sasnovich 3-6, 6-1, 3-1 Raducanu – Sasnovich breaks

Sasnovich got the hold in the end but that last game did feel different. There were some nervy shots from Sasnovich and that could give Raducanu hope. Still, an important service game follows, and Raducanu launches into it with a winner to quickly move to 30-0.

Despite some good battling from Raducanu, Sasnovich hauls herself back to 30-30, before edging herself into the rally with some great depth and unleashing a backhand winner down the line from wide.

And that’s a poor error from Raducanu as she frames a forehand on break point. The momentum has swung again and Sasnovich leads in the decider.

Jamie Braidwood25 May 2022 12:05

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Sasnovich 3-6, 6-1, 2-1 Raducanu*

Is this the momentum turning? Sasnovich nets again with a backhand on the opening point of the third game before leaving a Raducanu forehand that drops onto the baseline to bring up 15-30. That was nervy.

Raducanu had a big chance on the Sasnovich second serve but nets on the backhand, as the Belarusian tries to steady herself. She does so with a forehand volley past Raducanu after stepping up the court.

Raducanu forces Sasnovich back with a deep backhand down the line, with the return drifting long to set up deuce. Sasnovich then chooses to play a strange drop shot which Raducanu puts away to force the miss, and that sets up break point.

And that was a chance! Sasnovich did not do enough as she stepped into court and it left a gap for Raducanu to make the pass on her forehand – but it drifts long.

Raducanu goes on the attack on the backhand side as Sasnovich nets, but a good first serve out wide is followed up by a forehand winner into the opposite corner to save break point.

A wayward forehand from Raducanu is followed by an excellent point from the British No 1, as she works the angles to get back to deuce. This is another epic.

Now, another chance. Sasnovich snatches at a backhand and pulls it wide. But Sasnovich pulls out a brilliant angle to force Raducanu off the court, and puts away the winner into the space.

It does not get her off the hook, as a Sasnovich forehand misfires wide. But the backhands once again open up the angles and Sasnovich puts away the winner down the line. This is a sensational game early in this deciding set.

Repeat: Sasnovich nets on deuce but pulls out the backhand winner. After saving five break points, Raducanu’s wayward forehand gives her the chance to hold, and she gets it after Raducanu drifts wide on the backhand.

Woah – a huge game early in the decider, at 12 minutes.

Jamie Braidwood25 May 2022 11:51

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*Sasnovich 3-6, 6-1, 1-1 Raducanu

Sasnovich finds the corner with a backhand return on Raducanu’s opening serve. It’s unsettling from Sasnovich, and Raducanu hits the bottom of the net as her opponent again steps up the pressure on the next rally.

She gets a break though, as Sasnovich misfires with a forehand on the Raducanu second serve. We’ve been so used to those finding the corners so far. Sasnovich almost creates a moment of panic as she recovers a smash, but Raducanu finds the volley to get back to 30-30.

The danger does not go away as Raducanu goes long to bring up an early break point chance, but she meets Sasnovich on the rally and lets out a sigh of relief as her opponent goes long.

Sasnovich then blinks as she goes back to the backhand drop shot but puts it into the net. Sasnovich then nets again on the backhand, and Raducanu is able to escape with an important hold.

Jamie Braidwood25 May 2022 11:44

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Sasnovich 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 Raducanu*

Raducanu moves around a Sasnovich second set to find the baseline with a forehand, before Sasnovich hits an awkward backhand wide to bring up 15-30.

A slight chance, but Sasnovich stays patient on the next rally before changing the direction with a forehand winner out wide.

A tired-looking forehand from Raducanu finds the net before a backhand from behind the baseline drifts long as Sasnovich takes the opening game.

Jamie Braidwood25 May 2022 11:38

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*Sasnovich 3-6, 6-1 Raducanu – Sasnovich takes the second set

It’s been the story of the second set. Sasnovich is playing lights out, confident tennis and switches onto a backhand drop shot to set up two set points. Raducanu has faced a barrage of winners on the forehand crosscourt, with 19 winners in the second set alone and on only four unforced errors, and the second set is wrapped up as Raducanu finds the net.

It’s a huge challenge now for Raducanu to change the momentum.

Jamie Braidwood25 May 2022 11:30

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Sasnovich 3-6, 5-1 Raducanu*

Sasnovich finds a good time to deliver her first ace of the match to move to 40-0, before she puts away a forehand winner to quickly wrap up the hold of serve.

Raducanu now must hold to stay in the second set.

Jamie Braidwood25 May 2022 11:26