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Caroline Chapman

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  1. Going...going...gone

    French Open 2016

    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.


  2. Who's through?

    French Open 2016

    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. 

  3. Play suspended for Sunday

    French Open 2016

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

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

  4. Post update

    French Open 2016

    No tennis, no typing.

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

  5. Post update

    French Open 2016

    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. 

  6. Post update

    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. 

  7. Post update

    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.


  8. On This Day...

    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.

  9. Post update

    *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...

  10. Post update

    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. 

  11. Get Involved

    Use #bbctennis

    Enjoy that Sunday afternoon nap? We did.

    Now, get in touch and let us know what you think about the Watson comeback via #bbctennis. Or just let us know what you did during the rain delay.

  12. Post update

    *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
  13. 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. 

  14. Post update

    *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
  15. Post update

    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. 

  16. Post update

    *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
  17. Post update

    *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. 

  18. Welcome back

    French Open 2016

    Altogether now...

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

  19. 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. 

  20. Post update

    *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