That’s a wrap for Muguruza. After exactly two hours, she heads into the final exchanges – surviving a late fright from Kuznetsova late on – to bag a 7-6, 6-2 win. Good stuff, she signs a few autographs and heads off court, well aware she wasn’t at her best. On Court 7 Fabio Fognini has just got under way against Andujar.
Muguruza eventually makes it 4-1 after a little spot of bother at deuce. Kuznetsova is not going out without a fight, though. Elsewhere in the first round of the men’s singles, Cilic is trailing in the third set against Duckworth, while big-serving John Isner is looking pretty good against Rubin. He’s 3-2 up in the third set after taking the first two.
Garbine Muguruza looks pretty comfortable out there, she’s just gone 3-1 up in the second and it is one helluva mountain to climb now for Kuznetsova. The Spaniard is ripping through the games now heading towards a straight sets win.
Time for me to grab some lunch. Ben Fisher will be your guide for a bit. Put your hands together for Ben!
On Court 3, Australia’s Sam Stosur takes the first set 6-2 against Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer. As for Denis Shapovalov, he’s closing in on victory over John Millman after breaking in the third set.
On Suzanne-Lenglen, Denis Shapovalov is in total control. Having overcome an early wobble, the young Canadian leads 7-5, 6-4 against John Millman.
Fiona Ferro has got the locals on their feet on Court 18. The unfancied world No257 has beaten Germany’s Carina Witthoeft 6-4, 6-2 to make the second round of her home slam for the first time. What a result. Ferro, who’s not bad on clay, will face either Muguruza or Kuznetsova next.
An utterly dominant tie-break from Garbine Muguruza earns her the first set over Svetlana Kunznetsova. Muguruza took it 7-3 and it’s difficult to say she doesn’t deserve to be ahead. She’s had the upper hand throughout.
Let’s head around the outside courts, where there’s no shortage of action. On Court 9, Germany’s Maximilian Marterer leads 6-1, 6-3 against the USA’s Ryan Harrison, whose compatriot, Tennys Sandgren, is two sets down to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz on Court 15. On Court 12, Jan-Lennard Struff is two sets and a break up against Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy. On Court 8,
Aljaz Bedene is a set and a break down to Uruguay’s Paolo Cuevas. On Court 14, the USA’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands is a set up against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson.
A hold apiece at the end of the first set and Murguruza and Kuznetsova head into a tie-break. Meanwhile Marin Cilic has got there in the end, holding his nerve to take a 6-3, 7-5 lead over James Duckworth.
On Philippe-Chatrier, Marin Cilic serves for a two-set lead. Really badly. James Duckworth breaks back for 5-5 in the second.
Play! Over on Court 1, they’ve reached the business end of the first set. Garbine Muguruza will feel she should have won it already, given that she served for it, but Svetlana Kuznetsova has kept battling and has forced it to 5-5, which is where we resume.
Players have returned to courts. We’ll have tennis in a few minutes.
Hang on! I am a liar! Just as I sent that post, footage emerged of the covers coming off! Play should resume soon.
I wish I could bring you better news about the weather. But I’m not a liar.
We are currently being treated to a replay of yesterday’s action. The rain continues to fall.
Play is still happening on other courts. How strange. On Court 7, Kevin Anderson is two sets up against Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi, while Sorana Cirstea is a set up against Daria Gavrilova on Court 6.
Garbine Muguruza looks displeased. Can you blame her? She’s just blown a chance to claim the first set, allowing Kuznetsova to break back for 5-5.
Denis Shapovalov was a break down early in the first set. But the young Canadian is in charge now. He’s taken it 7-5 against John Millman.
Parity didn’t last long on Court 1. Booming groundstrokes from Garbine Muguruza are too much for Svetlana Kuznetsova to handle and the Spaniard breaks to lead 4-3 in the first set.
Fiona Ferro, an unseeded Frenchwoman, is having fun on Court 18. She’s braved the rain to take the first set 6-4 against Germany’s Carina Witthoeft.
Kuznetsova rips a backhand down the line to earn two break points. Muguruza saves the first but then comes an error. They’re on serve again in the first set. As they are on Suzanne-Lenglen, where Denis Shapovalov is fighting back against John Millman. It’s 5-5 in the first. Millman’s serving.
The first set of the day is done and it’s gone to Marin Cilic, who’s in a hurry against James Duckworth. The Croatian takes it 6-3.
“We’ll hope for the best,” says the umpire on Court 1. They’re waiting to see if the rain passes but apparently a big storm’s on the way.
The players have returned to their seats. It’s too wet to play at the moment. They’re still going on Philippe-Chatrier, though, with Marin Cilic 4-2 up against James Duckworth.
Umbrellas are up at Roland Garros. Svetlana Kuznetsova is having a chat with the umpire. She’d prefer play to stop. Not yet, though. On we go for now.
To Suzanne-Lenglen, where Denis Shapovalov is in action. The young Candian, seeded 24th here, caused quite the stir at the US Open last year and he is one of those who could make an impact at this tournament. But not if he doesn’t liven up this morning. He’s a break down early on against John Millman, the Australian scrapper.
It was a good day for the Brits yesterday, with Cameron Norrie and Heather Watson both winning. Kyle Edmund will be hoping to keep the good vibes flowing later.
Maybe Muguruza won’t have her hands that full. She’s broken Kuznetsova in the first game. Elsewhere Marin Cilic is flying on Philippe-Chatrier – the Croatian leads 3-0 against James Duckworth.
There are grey skies in Paris and the courts are rather empty. But we have tennis. And on Court 1, we have an intriguing encounter. Garbine Muguruza, who won this tournament in 2016 and Wimbledon last year, is so strong on her day. But she can be erratic as well and she’s likely to have her hands full today. Her opponent is Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2009 champion. The Russian veteran’s unseeded but dangerous.
Players are out, balls are flying, racquets are swishing. Day three is underway!
Hello. A first-round match featuring the world No451 wouldn’t normally be expected to take place on the biggest court at Roland Garros. But this world No451 is no ordinary world No451. This world No451 is Serena Williams, who’s playing in her first grand slam match since giving birth to her first child. The woman regarded by many as the greatest ever to play the sport, give or take a Martina or a Steffi, is third on Philippe-Chatrier with Krystina Pliskova of the Czech Republic and it will be fascinating to see how she fares. Not many people expect Williams to win her 24th slam. She has looked unsurprisingly rusty since returning to the tour a few months ago but the fact she’s here is inspiration in itself, bearing in mind the health complications she faced after bringing her daughter Olympia into the world. Mind you, we are talking about someone who won the Australian Open while she was pregnant. Even without a seeding, Serena Williams is not to be underestimated.
Before she takes to the court, though, there are a couple of other matches to get out of the way first. Marin Cilic, the No3 seed and former US Open champion, opens his tournament against Australia’s James Duckworth, and then Rafael Nadal and Simone Bolelli resume their rain-interrupted bout from last night. Nadal is two sets up but Bolelli was 3-0 up in the third before the rain arrived. Can the Italian force a fourth? Or will Nadal come roaring out of the traps?
The latter seems more likely, you know, and that might allow us to focus on events elsewhere. We won’t be short of entertainment today. Simona Halep, world No1, is in action against America’s Alison Riske later, Maria Sharapova faces Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands, Juan Martin del Potro meets Nicolas Mahut and 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza meets 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. Oh, and Kyle Edmund, the British No1 and 16th seed, faces rising Aussie whizzkid Alex De Minaur. They’re up second on Court 3. As long as the rain doesn’t get in the way.
Play begins at: 10am BST and 11am in Paris.