Serena Williams will try to get back to the third round at Roland Garros a year after she withdrew from the tournament before her second match because of an injured left Achilles. The 23-time Grand Slam champion is scheduled to face Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania in the third match at Court Philippe Chatrier on Day 4 of the clay-court major. The night session in the main stadium features No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev taking on Tommy Paul, a 24-year-old American who is ranked 52nd. Medevev is a two-time Grand Slam runner-up, including at this year’s Australian Open. Paul has never been past the third round at a major but he was the junior champion at the French Open in 2015. Other players in action include Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Aryna Sabalenka.
“It was incredible. … I could feel their energy.” — French player Gael Monfils, speaking about having more spectators allowed at the tournament as coronavirus restrictions have been eased somewhat; up to 5,000 per day are being let into the grounds, an increase from last year’s 1,000 limit.
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