Another wondrous drop shot takes Jeanjean to deuce on Pliskova’s serve. Will she get the job done without having to serve out? Pliskova manages to hold on. Now, what can the 26-year-old from Montpellier produce? She starts with typical grit and, on her first ever grand slam appearance she gets a bit excited by playing one of those drops. This time, Pliskova reads it. But then Jeanjean seizes a match point with a clubbing backhand. “Allez allez”, say the home fans. She serves it out. Last year’s Wimbledon finalist, the eighth seed, beaten in straight sets.
Pliskova takes her first game of the second set but still trails 4-1 and a set down to Jeanjean. Soon enough, though her resistance level has increased, she’s 5-1 down.
Medvedev is imminent, he’s knocking up on the center courtand elsewhere, Badosa managed to reclaim her lead in the set and take the first 7-5 from Juvan.
Jeanjean’s surge seems to come to something of a halt and Pliskova, who must be getting desperate, gets to break point, only to hit the net cord. Jeanjean gets within a point of a 4-0 lead only for the Czech to play a fine passing shot. Then comes a wonderful drop volley, and Jeanjean gets the chance to hold at that 4-0 lead. And with a scything backhand, she gets the job done.
Jeanjean is on course for a huge shock win, leading 3-0 in the second set, returning like a demon the Pliskova serve, and with the home crowd well on her side.
Juvan hanging on grimly, and Badosa will be asked to serve out the first set, and fails to do so. It’s 5-5, and the momentum is back with Juvan.
Badosa now a double break up on Juvan, 5-2 up and will serve for the set. There’s a shock in store on Court Simone-Mathieu, where Jeanjean, dominating her opponent at present, serves out against Pliskova to take the first set 6-2.
Jeanjean has causing big problems for Pliskova at the moment, and the French wild cards breaks after the eighth seed double faults. It’s 3-2. Badosa is a break up on Juvan, and leading 4-2 in the first set. She’s wearing leggings, perhaps as it’s a bit chilly.
Some other matches on today at Roland Garros.
Paula Badosa surged into a 2-0 lead, having broken Kaja Juvan, but has been pegged back by the Slovenian so it’s now 2-1. And Pliskova, and Jeanjean are at 2-2.
Under the bridges of Paris we go once more, to channel Eartha Kitt. It’s a day when Wimbledon-verboten Daniel Medvedev meets Serbia’s Laslo Djere on Philippe-Chatrier, and over on Court Suzanne-Lenglen, last year’s quarter-finalist and no 3 seed Paula Badosa is already underway with her match against Kaj Juvan. Later on, we will see local favorite Gilles Simon in action, against the American, Steve Johnsonand Dan Evans continues the plucky Brit trail in taking on Sweden’s Michael Ymer. And Wimbledon and US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova takes on french wildcard leolia jeanjean on Court Simonne-Mathieu as well.
Perhaps not a day for the biggest guns, but Simona Halepdue to start knocking up around lunchtime, is a big draw, as is Iga Swiatek, who was devastating in her first round match. Halep takes on the Chinese teenager, qinwen zhengwhile Swiatek takes on Alison Riske of the United States.
It’s a bit cloudy in Paris, which is also starting to fill with fans of Liverpool and Real Madrid.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism