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<p>Emma Raducanu celebrates her victory at Roland Garros</p>

Emma Raducanu celebrates her victory at Roland Garros

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Day Two of the French Open featured an all-star line-up with Emma Raducanu making her senior debut on clay as she overcame an almighty scare against Czech qualifier Linda Noskova. Raducanu trailed by a set and a break at one stage in a gruelling match that lasted over two and a half hours, but the Briton eventually prevailed 6-7 7-5 6-1 to seal her place in the second round. There was good news on the British front for Cameron Norrie too, who made it safely through to the second round with a straight sets victory over Manuel Guinard.

Rafael Nadal showed no signs of pain as the 13-time champion marched into the second round with clinical 6-2 6-2 6-2 demolition of Australian Jordan Thompson. The Spaniard, who has been hampered by a rib injury and a chronic foot problem, cruised through to the second round as he chases a 22nd grand slam title. “It’s incredible for me to play here again on Chatrier. I’m happy with this win. First round is always special,” said Nadal.

Earlier in the day, women’s No 1 Iga Swiatek put on a commanding display against Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko with a 6-2 6-0 opening victory, but Naomi Osaka and Barbora Krejcikova both suffered shock exits. Afterwards, Osaka admitted she may not play at Wimbledon this summer after the tournament was stripped of its ranking status due to its ban on Russian and Belarusian players.

Relive all the action from Roland Garros below:

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Norrie, Evans and Raducanu through to French Open second round

Thanks for joining our coverage of the French Open’s Day Two and what a day it’s been for the British contenders at Roland-Garros. Harriet Dart was beaten 6-0, 6-2 in straight sets by Martina Trevisan and former British No. 1 Heather Watson lost out to France’s Elsa Jacquemot.

It looked as though another upset could have been on the cards when French wildcard Manuel Guinard took Cameron Norrie to a seventh game in the opening set but Norrie’s experience and composure shone through to send him into the next round with a 7-5, 6-2, 6-0 victory.

29th seed in the men’s tournament, Dan Evans, also cruised through in straight sets against Francisco Cerundolo but the match of the day belonged to Emma Raducanu.

On her debut at the French Open, the British No. 1 found herself up against the junior champion on clay Linda Noskova and had to dig deep into the reserves to get through. She lost the first set in a tie break but bounced back winning three games in a row to claim the second. Noskova felt the fatigue in the final set and the US Open champion took advantage to go through 6-7, 7-5, 6-1.

Michael Jones23 May 2022 19:47

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Emma Raducanu defeats Linda Noskova in three-set thriller

She spent more than two and a half hours on court and weathered a full on assault from Linda Noskova early on. The Czech seemed unstoppable for a set and a half but the game turned midway through the second set.

Raducanu found more power and control and forced Noskova into mistakes. The double-handed backhand that served the Czech so well early on became an avenue to drop points and with that threat nullified Raducanu imposed her will on the game.

Fatigue set in in the final set and once Raducanu secure her second break, the match was hers.

Michael Jones23 May 2022 19:33

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Noskova 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 1-6 Raducanu*

Raducanu has match points! Two of them in fact. Noskova has faded away in the final set as, pressure and fatigue do there work.

Raducanu serves on to the right and Noskova returns with the forehand. It’s softly knocked into the middle of the court and the British No. 1 turns it behind the 17-year-old to claim the win!

Raducanu is through to the second round.

Michael Jones23 May 2022 19:28

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*Noskova 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 1-5 Raducanu

Break! Another forced error from Noskova and Raducanu breaks her for a second time in the final set. Can the British No. 1 close out the match?

Michael Jones23 May 2022 19:25

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*Noskova 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 1-4 Raducanu

The drop shot fails Noskova as Raducanu reads her intentions. He sprints up and whips the ball over the Czech to move 15-40 ahead with two break points on the line.

Noskova isn’t deterred and she dinks another one over the net successfully this time.

Michael Jones23 May 2022 19:24

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Noskova 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 1-4 Raducanu*

What a serve! Raducanu fires a serve out wide and Noskova can only flick it into play. Raducanu follows up with a cross court forehand to hold the game and move 4-1 up in the final set.

Michael Jones23 May 2022 19:20

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Noskova 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 1-3 Raducanu*

The intensity of the game is telling on both women. They’re tired, they’re breathing heavily. There are more errors being made. Raducanu’s has work to do to hold serve as Noskova pulls ahead 30-40.

Michael Jones23 May 2022 19:17

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*Noskova 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 1-3 Raducanu

That’s a break! Linda Noskova seems to have lost all confidence in her backhand return down the line. A few of them have gone long and she’s put it back in her locker.

Raducanu squeezes a passing winner down the line and takes a two game lead in the final set.

Michael Jones23 May 2022 19:15

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*Noskova 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 1-2 Raducanu

This is a brilliant fight back from Raducanu who collects three on the bounce to drag the game to 40-40. Noskova’s double-handed backhand goes long and there’s a chance for Raducanu to break.

Michael Jones23 May 2022 19:12

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Noskova 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 1-2 Raducanu*

The toll seems to be telling on Emma Raducanu. She’s telling herself off and trying to remain composed in the face of an obstinate opponent.

Raducanu has three attempts to hold her serve and eventually does so!

‘Come on!’ she yells.

Michael Jones23 May 2022 19:07

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