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French Open: Cam Norrie carries British hopes after the departure of Johanna Konta and Heather Watson from Paris |  Tennis News


Cam Norrie will fly the British flag in the singles competition after Johanna Konta and Heather Watson retired from the tournament with losses in the first round on Monday; Norrie is a very fit player having reached the ATP Tour finals in Estoril and Lyon last month.

Last updated: 05/31/21 17:54 pm

Cam Norrie is Britain’s lone survivor at this year’s Roland Garros after winning their first round match

Cam Norrie is the only British representative at Roland Garros after Johanna Konta and Heather Watson followed Dan Evans out of the Grand Slam on clay in Paris.

All six of the UK’s singles players lost in the first round last year, and Evans, Konta and Watson were all beaten in their opener here.

But Norrie, who has been in great shape on clay this year, avoided joining them with an excellent 7-5 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 win over US qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo.

The British No.2 reached the ATP Tour finals in Estoril and Lyon over the past month and beat two-time Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem, so expectations were high for his campaign at Roland Garros.

Norrie could meet Rafael Nadal in the third round, but the world No.45 will face 26th seed Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego or South African Lloyd Harris first.

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19th seed Johanna Konta suffers another first round loss in Paris

Britain’s No.1 Konta will drop from the top 30 after suffering another first round defeat at Roland Garros.

Konta was defending the classification points of her brilliant run to the tournament semifinals in 2019, but has not won a match on any other occasion she has played on Parisian clay.

She led early in the first set against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea, who beat her at the US Open last summer, but made far too many mistakes afterwards and fell 7-6 (7-5 ) 6-2.

Konta’s slide in the standings could get significantly worse, with the 30-year-old defending plenty of points at Wimbledon and the US Open.

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Heather Watson suffered disappointing first round loss to Zarina Diyas at Roland Garros

Watson’s poor form continued as she suffered a second straight loss in the first round.

Watson had won just one of his last seven games before arriving in Paris, with that only victory against a player ranked outside of the top 400 in the Billie Jean King Cup last month.

She cited insignificant injuries as a contributing factor and had her right shoulder in a 6-4 7-5 loss to 93rd-ranked Kazakh Zarina Diyas.

“I had a cold this week,” Watson explained. “I haven’t been able to train as much as I wanted before because of the injuries. I had to take a lot of days off that I don’t usually get.”

The world No.71 is now anxiously awaiting the grass campaign with Nottingham and Birmingham already on her route ahead of Wimbledon, which begins on June 28.

“I can’t wait to get back on the grass,” added Watson. “To be honest, I’m really looking forward to having a good training and good practice games, because I miss it throughout this clay season. It’s just a bit of a loss for me, Unfortunately.”

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