Roland Garros: Five things we learned on Day 3 – Au revoir Alizé and man time

For the third night running it was the men on parade in the night game. And national treasure that she is, Alizé Cornet said farewell to professional tennis life.

Night fever

The review's coming over all 50/50. For the third night running it was the men who were given pride of place for the night match. This time it was top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic against the local hero Pierre-Hugues Herbert. None of the women's ties of the day were deemed box-office enough by the French tennis federation and Prime Video, the outfit which broadcasts the night match. Since we're only at Day 3 and there's lots of time to go, we're not going yet going to retitle the "Under the lights" session "What about equal rights" session. We're giving it a couple of days.


Clearly the review has been suddenly imbued with patience. What has happened? Must have something to do with gratitude that we were able to watch matches on Court Philippe Chatrier while thousands cowered from the showers that visited the Roland Garros stadium for the first five hours of the playing day. Action got going on the courts at around 4pm and threw up few surprises. Women's second seed Aryna Sabalenka seemed a tad impatient during her moment on Chatrier. The 26-year-old from Belarus bludgeoned 19-year-old Erika Andreeva from Russia 6-1, 6-2 in 69 minutes to reach the second round. At least it wasn't all gloom in the Andreeva household. Younger sister, Mirra, reached the second round with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Emina Bektas from the United States.



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