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  1. Play suspended for the day at Roland Garros
  2. Heather Watson (GB) 5-7 6-2 1-2 v Nicole Gibbs
  3. *Denotes next server

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By Caroline Chapman

All times stated are UK

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That's it from us, seeing as there's nothing to write about. 

We'll be back tomorrow, where we hope to bring you some more British action from Heather Watson, Kyle Edmund and Andy Murray.

That's if the rain holds off.


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Who's through?

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We managed 10 complete matches on Sunday

Nick Kyrgios, Teymuraz Gabashvili, Andrey Kuznetsov, Igor Sijsling and Benoit Paire all made it through to the men's singles second round.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova progressed, along with last year's Roland Garros finalist Lucie Safarova, in the women's singles.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Viktorija Golubic and Hsieh Su-wei also made it through. 

Play suspended for Sunday

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I bring you bad news, via BBC Radio 5 live's Russell Fuller. 

That's it for today - play suspended because of the rain. 

And that's it for the day. 10 matches completed 6 in progress Poor forecast tomorrow, too, then things get brighter for a couple of days

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No tennis, no typing.

We'll be back once play gets back underway, post-rain storm. 

Watson slips. Gibbs breaks. Rain falls. Play suspended. 2-1 down in the deciding set. #RG16

Watson slips. Gibbs breaks. Rain falls. Play suspended. 2-1 down in the deciding set. #RG16

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Elsewhere, last year's women's singles finalist Lucie Safarova has breezed through to round two with a straight sets victory over Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia. 

A strong start for 2015 finalist, No.11 @luciesafarova, d. #Diatchenko 6-0 6-2. Next plays qualifier Golubic. #RG16

A strong start for 2015 finalist, No.11 @luciesafarova, d. #Diatchenko 6-0 6-2. Next plays qualifier Golubic. #RG16

A tough call for the umpire on court two. They're in the middle of a tie-break in the fourth set between Jack Sock and Robin Haase, but the rain is pelting down.

It's the only court still in session now. 

Dutchman Haase wins the tie-break, so it's going to five sets, and play is finally suspended. 

Gibbs 7-5 2-6 2-1 Watson*

Another scream from Heather Watson as she lands a thumping volley after a long rally. 

Nicole Gibbs grunts from the baseline which she's been pinned to, but she scampers forward and slices over to level it.

But look out, the umpire is out of his chair and has decided to take the players off again because of rain.


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A star was born

What a landmark day this is.

It's not only the French Open curtain-raiser, but the world number one turns 29. Happy birthday Novak.

Congrats my passenger @DjokerNole!!! U looking sharp with new hair style!!! #happybirthday #djokinho

Congrats my passenger @DjokerNole!!! U looking sharp with new hair style!!! #happybirthday #djokinho

*Gibbs 7-5 2-6 2-1 Watson

Hummm....Heather Watson may have lost her concentration again. 

Watson asks the umpire to get out of his seat to check her second serve. She thinks it's in, but it's out. She's 0-40 down in her service game. 

The Briton saves two break points...but a clumsy volley into the net hands the game to Nicole Gibbs.

It was all going so smoothly as well...

Gibbs 7-5 2-6 1-1 Watson*

Nicole Gibbs

These two are playing doubles together next week, but there's a feisty battle brewing between them at the moment.

Nicole Gibbs screams with delight as she takes the first point of her serve, and directs a stare at Heather Watson. 

Finally the American stops the rot by serving an ace to take the game. 

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*Gibbs 7-5 2-6 0-1 Watson

Heather Watson certainly looks fired up, but the rain might scupper the game again. The brollies are back out.

Nicole Gibbs keeps Watson on her toes, they're level-pegging at 30-all.

But Watson screeches with delight as she pops a return over after coming into the net for 40-30 and the Brit finishes off to hold her serve. 

Heather Watson as rain falls in Paris
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Game and second set

Gibbs 7-5 2-6 Watson*

American Nicole Gibbs is struggling to contain Heather Watson, who earns two set points at 15-40.

Gibbs fends both of them off to take it to deuce. But Watson has the advantage and, at the third attempt, claims the second set.

A very composed Watson on court right now. She needed just 12 minutes to finish it off. 

*Gibbs 7-5 2-5 Watson

You often ponder what a hefty rain break does to a player in terms of mentality. 

Looks like it's done wonders for Heather Watson. She holds her service game to love. 

Heather Watson

Gibbs 7-5 2-4 Watson*

Heather Watson takes the first point. She comes in close and taps over, and Nicole Gibbs isn't quick enough to get the return in time.

Then a powerful cross-court backhand from the Brit makes it 0-30.

Gibbs pulls it back briefly, but then hits a return long. Watson earns two break points. 

A sweet forehand into the corner hands Watson the game. A great start for the Guernsey girl. 

*Gibbs 7-5 2-3 Watson

Looks like there's a few more people in the crowd on court three compared to earlier, which is nice to see.

Heather Watson composes herself in her seat, packing her stuff into her bag and sipping on her energy drink, before hopping into place for the restart. Off we go again. 

Heather Watson
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*Gibbs 7-5 2-3 Watson

Two hours and 45 minutes later, and Heather Watson and Nicole Gibbs are back on court.

British number two Watson is a set down but 3-2 up in the second. We'll get underway shortly, with American Gibbs to serve.   

It's still very soggy out there, but TV people are telling me play looks set to continue for the rest of the day. Fingers crossed. 

Welcome back

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Altogether now...

"I can see clearly now the rain has gone."

C'est reparti ! / the tennis is on again !! #RG16

Off for rain

Gibbs 7-5 2-3 Watson

That's it on court three for now. The rain is deemed too heavy for play to continue. According to the TV commentary team, courts two and 14 had already gone off. 

We'll be back with updates when play resumes. 

Everyone do a sun dance, please. 

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*Gibbs 7-5 2-3 Watson

A change of racquet for Ms Watson as she prepares to serve. A double fault to start...not ideal.

She recovers to go 40-15 up after showing some good forward movement towards the net.

But the errors are still creeping in. Gibbs recovers to make it deuce. 

A second advantage point for Watson, thanks to an ace down the middle, and a tidy forehand down the line sees the Brit hold her serve. 

Heather Watson

Gibbs 7-5 2-2 Watson*

Nicole Gibbs, who is sporting some heavy strapping on her right shoulder, is being made to work for her service game.

The American can only skid a return low across the clay as Heather Watson forces the game to deuce. 

On the third advantage, Gibbs manages to hold after Watson hits wide. 

*Gibbs 7-5 1-2 Watson

Heather Watson has her head in her hands as she drops the first point of her service game.

And then her backhand goes awry. 0-30. The Briton may boil over soon. 

A cautious, cautious rally ensues and eventually Watson stops the rot as she wins her first point. More screams. 

Now seemingly fired up, Watson volleys over for 40-30 and then Nicole Gibbs' return hits the net. Watson holds her serve. 

Nicole Gibbs
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Gibbs 7-5 1-1 Watson*

Heather Watson is apologetic as her return from Nicole Gibbs' serve clips the net and rolls over. 

They're level at 30-30 when Gibbs directs a shot well wide to give Watson break point. 

Watson is forced to slip and slide across the baseline. And just as you think she's going to strike her forehand into the corner to take the game...she puts too much on it and it's called out.

Back-to-back errors from the Brit leave her screaming with frustration. Gibbs holds her serve. 

*Gibbs 7-5 0-1 Watson

The umbrellas and pac-a-macs are still out in force but we continue to play here on court three in Paris. 

Britain's Heather Watson keeps her serve with ease in the first game of the second set. 

Rain in Paris
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The men's fifth seed Kei Nishikori has breezed through the first set 6-1 against Italian Simone Bolelli and is three up in the second.

If all goes to plan, the Japanese player could face Britain's Andy Murray in the quarter-finals.

Kei Nishikori

Game and first set

Gibbs 7-5 Watson

Nicole Gibbs
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Nicole Gibbs' opening serve of the game is powerful, and Heather Watson returns but it's wayward. 15-0.

The American then earns two set points. But Watson snatches one off her as they both twist and turn close to the net.

However, Gibbs makes it count second time around. The world number 72 takes the first set.

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Jennifer: "Just let Watson play Serena at Wimbledon again, it's where she does her best work!"

June Souter: "How come the stands @rolandgarros are so empty for @HeatherWatson92 and @keinishikori Still cracking tennis, but no atmosphere"

*Gibbs 6-5 Watson

Gaaaah. Double fault from Heather Watson. It's 15-15.

She's now seeking clarification from the teenage-looking umpire to see what he makes of the weather conditions. The rain is still coming down, but it's not heavy yet. We play on.

An angled forehand from Nicole Gibbs deceives Watson and the American has break point. 

She takes it, as an off-balance Watson hits long past the baseline. 

Gibbs to serve for the set. Again. 

Gibbs 5-5 Watson

Heather Watson has a break point. Can she stop Nicole Gibbs in her quest for the first set?

Yes she can!

Watson lets out a scream as she levels for 5-5. 

Heather Watson
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Gibbs 5-4 Watson*

Heather Watson holds her hands out by her side as if to say: "what's going on?"

She hits another long return and Gibbs takes a 30-15 lead. The Brit is looking a bit perplexed by it all.

But boom! A lovely, lovely backhand from Watson pulls her back into the game.

Set point to Gibbs now...but she smacks the ball well wide and it's deuce. 

From a break and 3-1 up and looking the dominant player, Heather Watson is now a break down. 5-4 to Nicole Gibbs on Court 3 Mais il pleut ..

*Gibbs 5-4 Watson

UH OH. We can see the crowd getting their umbrellas and kagools out. The rain is coming down. It's not enough to stop play at the moment, though. 

Nicole Gibbs to serve for the first set.

*Gibbs 5-4 Watson

Nicole Gibbs
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Nicole Gibbs was wobbling a bit in the last two games, but she seems to have steadied herself now. She takes the first two points on Heather Watson's serve.

Those high, looping, balls through the air are back again, and Gibbs smashes a volley past Watson to earn two break points. 

Gibbs' forehand goes long. One break point remaining. 

Watson serves but her return goes skimming past the baseline and the Brit drops her serve for the second time. 

Flying the flag

Play has started at @rolandgarros and British support has arrived! (or are they actually playing?) @bbctennis

Play has started at @rolandgarros and British support has arrived! (or are they actually playing?) @bbctennis

Gibbs 4-4 Watson*

Seven games done, a break each. Who's going to snatch this set?

Nicole Gibbs gets off to a poor start on her own serve with a double fault. 

And it's two break points to Heather Watson, after a protracted rally which ended with Gibbs hitting long. 

But the American recovers for deuce, and soon she has the advantage as she out-wits Watson at the net.

The Briton tries to chip the ball lightly over, but fails. Gibbs holds. 

*Gibbs 3-4 Watson

Heather Watson

Heather Watson comes out on top in a powerful rally after sitting very deep on court. She takes a 30-0 lead.

And the British number two holds to love for the first time. Nicole Gibbs has a face of thunder. 

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent in Paris

"It was an excellent start from Watson, she was hitting the winners, but it's more even now"

Gibbs 3-3 Watson*

It is still very quiet on court three, but now some fellas dressed as John McEnroe have joined the crowd. Classic Grand Slam fancy dress.

Heather Watson lets out a scream of "come on" that McEnroe himself would be proud of, as she smashes a return into the right corner to make it 15-15.

But Nicole Gibbs races into a 40-15 lead and holds her serve.

*Gibbs 2-3 Watson

Now it's Nicole Gibbs who's putting Heather Watson under pressure

The American comes into the net to try and see out a long rally. She slices cross-court and earns a break point. 40-15.

But two Watson volleys sees her regain control and she brings it to 40-40. 

Hang on a second. What's going on here, then? The umpire (who looks about 12 years old) is out of his chair, checking the baseline. Looks like we'll have a replayed point.

Gibbs has the advantage. Both players are pinned to their baselines. It's Gibbs who hits into the net! Back at Deuce. 

Another advantage to blonde Gibbs. Watson hits long and Gibbs breaks back. 

Nicole Gibbs
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