Oezdemir is now on a four fight winning streak and is coming off a win over Cirkunov, whom he defeated 28-second knockout. The light heavyweight landscape became a bit clearer on Sunday when Alexander Gustafsson , the No. The British star was briefly considered as the next challenger for Daniel Cormier's light heavyweight title , but his spot in line was taken by returning former champion Jon Jones.
The defending champions for the 2017 French Open are still in the fray after two rounds. There were also wins on Wednesday for Canada's Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria and Austrian 6th seed Dominic Thiem . 14 seed to Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 on Monday. Mattek-Sands, who is back in the third round for the first time since 2013, will next face Samantha Stosur.
Then Serena showed up to watch, and her big sister clicked into another gear. The Austrian will have some concerns as he goes forward in the tournament, as he struggled to put his first serve in play against Bolelli. Venus is now the highest-ranked USA player on the women's side in the French Open . Rafa is playing on his favourite surface and playing with confidence, much better than a year ago.
Her baby is due in the fall and she plans to return to the tour in 2018. - Goffin, who reached the quarter-finals past year, struck 12 aces en route to his comfortable win and will play Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round. Muguruza weathered the storm and fought back from a break down in the second set to deny the 21-year-old, who showed how she has climbed the rankings from 110 in the world at the end of last year, and ensure she will face Yulia Putintseva in round three.
A victorious Ekaterina Makarova, of Russian Federation, left, shakes hands with Angelique Kerber , of Germany. "For the first time in nine years at Roland Garros, I played my singles on Philippe Chatrier!" The German, who also lost in round one a year ago, has had a miserable season and is not a fan of clay so the result came as no real surprise.
Top-seeded Angelique Kerber has battled consistency issues and third-seeded Romanian Simona Halep is hampered with an ankle injury. The 38-year-old Ivo Karlovic, who is also known for his big serve and 6-foot-11 (2.11-meter) stature, advanced to the second round with a 7-6 (5), 7-5, 6-4 win over teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas.