SA's Lloyd Harris sails into French Open 2nd round

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Lloyd Harris. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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South Africa's top-ranked tennis player, Lloyd Harris, is through to the second round of the French Open after beating Australia's Alexei Popyrin on Tuesday.

Harris, the world No 96, beat the 108th-ranked Popyrin in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (9/7) in their first round encounter at Roland Garros.

The 23-year-old Capetonian fired 17 aces and 45 winners, compared to seven aces and 33 winners from his Australian counterpart.

Harris faces a tough hurdle in the next round against seventh-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini, who beat Canada's Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.

Also on Tuesday, South Africa's Kevin Anderson opens his account against Serbian world No 72 Laslo Djere.

Anderson, a former world No 5 but currently ranked No 118, won his only previous ATP Tour encounter against Djere 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (8/6) at a hardcourt event in Pune, India last year.

Meanwhile, South African doubles ace Raven Klaasen and Austrian partner Oliver Marach are up against the unseeded French duo, Benjamin Bonzi and Antoine Hoang.

Klaasen and Marach are the 10th seeds.

Latest French Open results at Roland Garros on Tuesday, the third day of the delayed 2020 championship (x denotes seeded player):

Men

First round

Christian Garin (CHI x20) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

Marc Polmans (AUS) bt Ugo Humbert (FRA) 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Lloyd Harris (RSA) bt Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (9/7)

Matteo Berrettini (ITA x7) bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-3, 6-1, 6-3

Women

First round

Nao Hibino (JPN) bt Marta Kostyuk (UKR) 6-4, 6-0

Clara Tauson (DEN) bt Jennifer Brady (USA x21) 6-4, 3-6, 9-7

Danielle Collins (USA) bt Monica Niculescu (ROU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

Elena Rybakina (KAZ x14) bt Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 6-0, 6-3

Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) bt Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

Ana Bogdan (ROU) bt Timea Babos (HUN) 6-4, 6-2

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) bt Madison Brengle (USA) 6-2, 6-1

Karolina Pliskova (CZE x2) bt Mayar Sherif (EGY) 6-7 (9/11), 6-2, 6-4

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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