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FIVE TO FOLLOW: DAY 2

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in action on No.1Court
by Nicholas McCarvel
Tuesday 24 June 2014

Day Two brings a full slate of first-round matches to be played, including seven held over after late rain on Monday. Here are five you must keep tabs on during Tuesday.

The To-Be-Continueds
[14] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga leads Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 5-4
No.1 Court, 1pm
There were more than half a dozen matches halted by light rain on Monday night, which proved persistent enough to push them into Tuesday. The 14th-seeded Frenchman was serving to close out a strange affair against Melzer, the Austrian suffering from stomach problems at times. Agnieszka Radwanska (No.2 Court), Caroline Wozniacki (Court 12) Sara Errani (Court 16) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (Court 17) also have not-to-be-overlooked matches to try to close out as well.

Heather Watson (GBR) v Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO)
No.3 Court, Second match after 11:30am
After her upset of Radwanska and fourth round appearance at Roland Garros, Tomljanovic has had a rocky transition on grass, going 2-2 in two weeks. Watson, on the flip side, became the first British woman to make the semi-finals at Eastbourne since 1983. These two youngsters, both ranked around 55, have never met in their careers, though the crowd will be sure to throw their full support behind the best British hope in the women’s draw.

[24] Gael Monfils (FRA) v Malek Jazari (TUN)
Court 18, Third match after 11:30am
If there is a true popcorn match on this day, it’s this one between the always dynamic Frenchman and Jaziri, who comes into the main draw as a lucky loser after falling in the final round of qualifying. This is their first meeting, making the clash that much more interesting. Jaziri’s story of coming from a war-torn country is one that can’t be ignored and his success on the tour a tribute to a hard-working mindset.

[13] Genie Bouchard (CAN) v Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
No.1 Court, Fourth match after 1pm
There is no looking past this one for Bouchard, the only player to have made both the Australian and French Open semi-finals, against the former top five player in Hantuchova. They are separated by 11 years and have never played, but the Canadian and Slovakian both like to bash the ball. It’ll be up to the one with fewer errors, though the pressure for the No.13 seed to produce for the first time that she’s really expected to might prove to be a tough challenge.

[11] Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
Court TBD, Not before 5pm
It’s two former Slam champions meeting in the first round here, with the Serbian ahead 5-0 versus Schiavone. The grass should suit Ivanovic’s game, though the Italian still has a few surprises up her 34-year-old sleeve. Schiavone is playing in her 56th consecutive major (dating back to the US Open in 2000), but has lost in the first round at six of the last seven.

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