A good start for Kiwis Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell at Roland Garros

Thursday, 03 June 2021

Venus and Daniell both through to second round of French Open doubles

It’s been a good day for the Kiwis at Roland Garros with both Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell winning through to the second round of the doubles.

Venus and Australian partner John Peers seeded 10th, have come back from losing the first set to secure their place in the second round with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over French wildcards Antoine Hoang and Benjamin Bonzi 4-6 6-2 6-4 in 1 hour 58. Venus and Peers got up an early break in the first set, but the Aussie dropped serve twice as the French pair claimed the opening set.

But Venus and Peers who are playing their last tournament together and who had had some strong results this clay court season, fought back well in the second and third sets.

Daniell and his Austrian partner Philipp Oswald have advanced to the last 32 with a 6-3 6-3 win over Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics and Italy’s Stefano Travaglia. Games went with serve until the 8th game of the opening set when Fucsovics was broken, and Oswald closed out the set. Travaglia was broken in his second service game of the second set and after games went with serve until 5-3, the Italian was broken again as Daniell and Oswald completed the win.

They are back on court for their second-round match tonight against Frenchman Benoit Paire and Monaco’s Romain Arneodo.

Venus and Peers must also back up tonight against the German/Dutch combination of Jan-Lennard Struff and Robin Hasse for a place in the third round.

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