French Open women - 1st Round - Women

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
BelgiumJ Henin66---
BULT Pironkova43---

Live Comments

  1. 3-6 - Henin is through after around 90 minutes out on court. A decent performance in patches. She remains favourite to win the French Open, but one suspects she will need to find a higher level of consistency.

  2. 3-5 - An ace flies off the Henin racket. She has won all three previous meetings against Pironkova. This looks like being a similar outcome.

  3. 3-4 - Henin breezes through that game. Suddenly from looking like trailing 2-4, she leads 4-3. Difficult to predict how this match is going to unravel.

  4. 3-3 - Henin forced to save three break points in that game. The Belgian is being forced to work hard in this match.

  5. - - Henin has made 15 unforced errors compared to 13 by her opponent.

  6. 3-2 - Pironkova claims her third straight game of the match. She leads 3-2. Henin's racket is leaking errors at the moment. Worrying times for the Belgian.

  7. 2-2 - That Henin serve is causing her problems. She falters in that game. We are back on serve. Pironkova continues to stay in touch in this match.

  8. 1-2 - Some of the stats in this match tell a story. Pironkova has 59% of 1st serves going in compared to a poor 48% by Henin. Somehow the Belgian remains in the driving seat. The Bulgarian holds serve in that game.

  9. 0-2 - A really good hold for Henin. Was important to keep the pressure on her unheralded opponent. Looking good as she moves two games clear with the break.

  10. 0-1 - A break in the opening game of the second set. The four-times champion looks firmly in control.

  11. 4-6 - Henin's first service has yet to find any sort of consistency, but she does enough to edge that set. Pironkova suddenly has problems.

  12. 4-5 - Pironkova is finding a good depth with her shots. She forces Henin to serve for this first set.

  13. 3-5 - Not the biggest of tennis players, but Henin is so astute with her overheads. The game goes to 40-40, but Henin makes the telling angles. One rally in that game was magnificent stuff.

  14. 3-4 - That Henin backhand is a thing of real beauty. She tucks away her fourth break point of the game to break for the first time.

  15. 3-3 - Henin levels. Moving a bit more sprightly in that service game.

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  17. 3-2 - Pretty relentless stuff by the Bulgarian. She is fairly getting her elbow in her groundstrokes. We remain on serve with Pironkova one game clear.

  18. 2-2 - Henin responds in character. She holds serve comfortably.

  19. 2-1 - What a shot by Pironkova! Class forehand speeds across court. Henin cannot reach it as she falls 2-1 behind. This could be a tough opening match for the former champion.

  20. 1-1 - That trademark Henin backhand works well. She flashes a winner down the line...and we are all square.

  21. 1-0 - The Bulgarian plays a strong opening service game. Not much of an atmosphere on the showcourts this morning. Pretty sedate crowd.

  22. - - Good morning and welcome to today's play from Roland Garros.

Tsvetana Pironkova

Nationality BUL
Date of Birth 13/09/1987
Height 1.8 m
Weight 65 kg

Justine Henin

Nationality BEL
Date of Birth 01/06/1982
Height 1.66 m
Weight 57 kg

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