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Sunday 4 December 2016

Murray sails through the first round

Andy Murray (pictured) sailed through to the second round of the French Open with a 6-3 6-3 6-1 victory over Argentinian qualifier Facundo Arguello.

Murray, seeded third in the tournament, is bidding to win his first title at Roland Garros and the Scot was rarely troubled against his world number 139 opponent, winning in one hour and 45 minutes.

Fourth seed Tomas Berdych eased through with a 6-0 7-5 6-3 victory over Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka.

Berdych has lost at the first hurdle on five occasions, but the Czech was never in danger on Suzanne Lenglen, winning in one hour and 47 minutes.

Former world number one Venus Williams suffered another early exit when she was beaten 7-6(5) 6-1 by fellow American Sloane Stephens.

Stephens has reached the fourth round of the claycourt grand slam in the past three years. Former world number two Agnieszka Radwanska crashed out as she lost 6-2 3-6 6-1 to Germany's Annika Beck., who is ranked 81st in the world.

Defending champion Maria Sharapova, despite suffering from a cold, came through unscathed after she beat Spain's Kaia Kanepi 6-2 6-4.

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