Coco Gauff opens French Open with straight-sets win over Rebecca Marino

American teenager Coco Gauff didn’t let 10 double-faults, 12 break factors or a warning from the chair umpire about receiving teaching from her father disrupt her progress into the second spherical at Roland Garros.

The 18-year-old Gauff started her journey to Paris with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Canadian qualifier Rebecca Marino on Sunday. Gauff’s greatest efficiency at any Grand Slam match got here a 12 months in the past on the French Open, the place she reached the quarterfinals earlier than dropping to eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova.

Gauff had some serving points in opposition to Marino however managed to put aside 10 of the 12 break factors she confronted. One key stat that helped Gauff was that she made solely 16 unforced errors, whereas Marino amassed 40.

Marino was showing within the French Open for the primary time since 2011.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza, in the meantime, exited the French Open within the first spherical for the second 12 months in a row.

Muguruza gained the title at Roland Garros in 2016 and was seeded tenth this 12 months however was defeated 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 by Kaia Kanepi of Estonia on Sunday.

Kanepi turns 37 subsequent month and is the oldest participant within the ladies’s attract Paris. She is ranked forty sixth and is taking part in her fifteenth French Open. Her greatest showings have been quarterfinal appearances in 2008 and 2012; she has appeared in seven Grand Slam quarterfinals however by no means gained one.

The match ended beneath a drizzle and Muguruza missed a service return on match level, then cracked her racket in opposition to the bottom.

She beat Serena Williams within the remaining at Roland Garros six years in the past, then defeated Venus Williams within the remaining at Wimbledon in 2017.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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