Del Potro wins 1st match at French Open since 2012

Del Potro wins 1st match at French Open since 2012

Hsieh had to dig deep after Konta got off to a flying start, with the Briton winning 13 of the first 15 points and going on to take the first set in just 26 minutes. The Brit is not known for her clay court play and this season has been no different with clay tournament losses leading up to the French.

The defeat continues Konta's struggles on clay, a surface on which she has only won three matches this season.

Her day was summed up by the final game, in which she missed four chances to break back and stay in the match, one through some Hsieh brilliance and another thanks to the cruellest of net cords.

Elsewhere in the women's draw, in-form Ukrainian Elina Svitolina moved swiftly into the second round yesterday, easing through a potentially tricky encounter against Yaroslava Shvedova with a 6-4 6-3 victory.

The fifth seed, one of the pre-tournament favourites after winning the Rome claycourt tournament, was just a cut above her Kazakh opponent, who has reached the quarterfinals here twice. "You know, everyone knows she's a very talented player and she's got great feel, but she was incredibly solid today". "I did not give up at any stage until the very, very last point". Svitolina will next face Tsvetana Pironkova after she beat Mona Barthel 6-0 6-4.

- Australia's Nick Kyrgios beat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-3 in the first round.

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Konta, ranked 8th in the world, lost in three sets despite taking the first set 6-1.

The tide was turning as Konta then had to save a set point to force a tie-break. Svitolina hit a cross-court forehand victor on match point to win the first match Tuesday on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro made a successful return to Roland Garros after a five-year absence, putting aside injury concerns to sail through 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 against compatriot Guido Pella.

- The defeat marked Konta's third consecutive first-round exit from the French Open.

His best result at the French Open was reaching the semifinals in 2009, just months before he won his Grand Slam title in NY. Elsewhere, fellow seeds Barbora Strycova, Carla Suarez-Navarro and Caroline Garcia defeated Alison Riske (6-3 6-0), Maria Sakkari (6-4 6-2) and Nao Hibino (6-2 6-2) respectively.

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