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Roland Garros: Mixed Opening Day for Croatia’s French Open Hopes

Donna Vekić

Donna Vekić

It was a mixed day for the Croatians on the opening day of the French Open at Roland Garros on Sunday…

The day started well when Mirjana Lučić – Baroni negotiated her first round match against American Lauren Davis, winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in one hour and 52 minutes. Lučić – Baroni (33) started the match well against the World number 64, taking the first set 6-3. However 33 unforced errors from the Croatian let the American back into the match in the second set. Lučić – Baroni eventually came back in the third set to advance to the second round where she will play Simona Halep .

A win to for 33-year-old  Mirjana Lučić-Baroni

A win for 33-year-old Mirjana Lučić-Baroni

Donna Vekić also advanced through to the second round with a win over France’s Caroline Garcíje 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The news was not as good however for Ivo Karlović and Petra Martić. The big-serving 25th-seed went down to Marcos Baghdatis 6-7, 4-6, 4-6, whilst Martić, who qualified for the main draw, lost to 21st-seed Garbiñe Muguruza from Spain 2-6, 5-7.

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