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French Open Update: Multiple Southern Players into Second Round

May 28, 2008 11:57 AM

As competitors took to the clay courts of Roland Garros, players from the Southern Section were looking to play well and move into the second round of the French Open. With a few players disappointed in an early exit from the tournament, there were multiple players that played well enough to see another day in Paris.

On the men’s side of the draw, Bobby Reynolds got off to a good start for the Southern players as he defeated France’s own Thierry Ascione 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Reynolds fired 20 aces and had just 3 double faults, helping him to reach the second round in his first French Open appearance. John Isner played well for a while, winning the first two sets of his match, but would eventually cool down and lose to Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 6-2, 6-3, 5-7, 3-6, 4-6. Isner won more total points than his opponent, but committed 81 unforced errors in the loss.

Scoville Jenkins was looking to carry the momentum he gained from the qualifier straight into the main draw at Roland Garros. Jenkins hung tough for a while, winning the second set, but ran out of gas losing 4-6, 7-5, 3-6, 0-6 to Luis Horna of Peru. In a match that saw Southern players competing against each other in the first round, Robby Ginepri defeated Donald Young 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2. Young had trouble, only getting in 55% of his first serves, while Ginepri capitalized on his own first serves with 12 aces. This is Ginepri’s first time reaching the second round after losing his opening match in 5 previous appearances.

On the women’s side of the draw, the Southern players did not have much success in the first round. Ashley Harkelroad came out strong in her match with fellow American Serena Williams, breaking serve in the first game and holding in the next for an early 2-0 lead. Harkelroad struggled the rest of the match, only connecting on 5 winners, eventually losing to Williams 2-6, 1-6. Julie Ditty played well but came up a bit short in her first round match. In two very close sets, Ditty had 15 fewer winners than her opponent and was defeated by France’s Nathalie Dechy 5-7, 6-7(3).




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