Roland-Garros: The Hoang Sensation, Garcia Out

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Frenchman Antoine Hoang wins the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the second round of Roland-Garros on May 30, 2019 in Paris.

Revelation of this beginning of the tournament, the Frenchman Antoine Hoang will face Gael Monfils in the 3rd round. The number one tricolor, Caroline Garcia, has gone out

On one side the feat of Anthone Hoang , 23 and 146th worldwide, released Fernando Verdasco and who will face Gael Monfils in 3rd round, and the other huge disappointment with the defeat of Caroline Garcia: day with contrasting sensations for the Blues Thursday at Roland-Garros.

There is no more French in the table after two rounds, which had not happened in 33 years.

Monfils on his way, Hoang on his cloud

No one can say how far will Gael Monfils (17th) this year Porte d’Auteuil, but it does not stray far from its roadmap. After a solid first round, he won 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in a duel against another Frenchman, Adrian Mannarino.

“It’s never easy to play against another Frenchman. I tried to be very aggressive today (…) and it was successful, “said Monfils.

He will be able to experience its new recipe 3rd round face another French, completely unexpected at this level, the young Antoine Hoang.

The Toulonnais, beneficiary of a wild-card, which has the distinction of having played with both hands until 17 years, is on his little cloud. His feat of the 1st round where he dismissed Bosnian Damir Dzumhur (52nd), was a splendid day.

Facing a serious customer Clay, Fernando Verdasco (27th), not many people would have bet on him before the game. Wrongly. Extremely solid, he managed to fold the Spaniard into four sets 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5.

The French Gael Monfils winner of his compatriot Adrian Mannarino in the second round of Roland-Garros, May 30, 2019 in Paris.
The French Gael Monfils winner of his compatriot Adrian Mannarino in the second round of Roland-Garros, May 30, 2019 in Paris. (© AFP / Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD)

Simon, Benchetrit outside

Fat breakdown in contrast to Gilles Simon, unrecognizable against the world 147th, Italian Salvatore Caruso (6-1, 6-2, 6-4). The Nice was only the shadow of himself, without a leader in the match, and unable to rebel.

“Today, at no time did I play. This was unacceptable to me. There, I just want to go home and think of nothing.”

The adventure of Elliot Benchetrit, 20, has also stopped there. The French, 273rd world and a qualifier was eliminated Thursday by Serbian Dusan Lajovic (35th worldwide), 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. The 20-year-old Niçois has not been unworthy of the Monte-Carlo finalist this season, but the Serbian was a tone above.

Caroline Garcia falls from above

What about Caroline Garcia’s match? The French N.1 was leading 6-1, 3-0 against a player who seemed to be no problem, the young qualified Russian Anna Blinkova, 117th world. The 3rd round already held out his arms. And then the machine seized. Seriously.

The French Caroline Garcia, beaten by Russian Anna Blinkova in the second round of Roland-Garros, May 30, 2019 in Paris.
The French Caroline Garcia, beaten by Russian Anna Blinkova in the second round of Roland-Garros, May 30, 2019 in Paris. (© AFP / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT)

After the loss of the second set, the Lyonnaise has tried to hang on. But doubt had settled, and was not going to leave it until the end. She finally yielded 1-6, 6-4, 6-4. A terrible disillusion.

After eliminations of Kristina Mladenovic and the young Diane Parry (16) the day before, no French will be in 3rd round, the first since 1986

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