Stosur, Tomic grab French Open wins

It was a mixed night for the Australians at the French Open, with the Aussie contingent halved on day three at Roland Garros.

Gold Coasters Samantha Stosur and Bernard Tomic were the only two Australians to record victories overnight.

Stosur, who held a one-set lead in her match before bad light stopped play on Monday, fought back from a break down in the third set to win five-straight games en route to a stirring 6-2 4-6 6-3 victory, despite nursing a wrist injury.


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She will now face China’s Shuai Zhang, her doubles partner, on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, despite acknowledging earlier that clay was not his preferred surface, Tomic did will to grab a straight sets win over lowly-ranked American Brian Baker 6-3 6-4 6-4.

The win, just his third at Roland Garros from seven campaigns, matches Tomic’s best ever return at his least-suited grand slam and puts him through to the second round, joining 17th seed Nick Kyrgios and wildcard Jordan Thompson.

Elsewhere the news wasn’t so good for the Australians, with Sam Groth predictably falling in straight sets to the King of Clay Rafael Nadal, John Millman going down to 15th seed John Isner and Arina Rodionova also defeated.