Rodionova out of French Open

Arina Rodionova has suffered a first-round exit at the hands of Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh to become the first Australian bounced out of the French Open.

The world No.237 was unable to join Nick Kyrgios and wildcard Jordan Thompson in the second round at Roland Garros, going down 6-2 6-3 in 62 minutes.

Rodionova was twice broken in the first set as Konjuh raced to a 5-1 lead inside 20 minutes, with the Australian making seven unforced errors while hitting just four winners.

Rodionova made her young opponent work harder in the second set, fighting through a seven-minute opening game to hold serve, but conceded the crucial break in the seventh game to go down 4-3 as Konjuh motored to victory with another break.

Five more Australians are in first-round action on Tuesday, with 20th seed Bernard Tomic up against lowly ranked American Brian Baker while, in matches held over from last night due to bad light, John Millman is locked at a set-apiece with 15th seed John Isner and Samantha Stosur is up a set against Japan’s Misaki Doi.

Later, Sam Groth faces the enormous task of nine-times champion Rafael Nadal and Daria Gavrilova takes on Colombian claycourt specialist Mariana Duque-Marino.

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