Emily Whitlock (ENG) 2-0 Menna Nasser (EGY)  11-9, 11-7 (20m)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 2-1 Ramit Tandon (IND)  10-12, 11-4, 12-10 (36m)

Mathieu
Today was not about wining or losing – although very happy to win and to play tomorrow on the glass – it’s not being injured at the start of the season. For three seasons now, I missed the first events of the year because of injuries sustained during the summer training, started in October in bad conditions as not fully fit.

A big battle today, he makes three errors, but followed by 4 points, out of the blue, 4 shots you just can’t read! But not to worry for him, we are playing again in the first round of San Francisco!

So what a great feeling today to be fit, to share this moment here, in Nantes, with my wife Laura, 7 months pregnant that came to support me, and thanks to Renan for supporting me on the technical side.

The hardest this summer was to train physically on my own, getting nobody to go with me at the gym, nobody to compare or share my training with, but at the end of the day, it was a personal ambition, and I’m so happy it paid off.

So happy to get to play another day, this time on the glass against Declan, it’s like another first round, different conditions, different court and venue. Let’s see what it brings…

Ramit (on Twitter)
Hard one to digest having lost 12-10 in the decider being up 6-1… all credit to Mathieu Castagnet and good luck to him for the rest of the event. Sometimes you got to learn the hard way 🙄.

Emily

I played well up until a certain point and then I lost it a bit, but I am just getting into it. I don’t find it any different to a best-of-five, which is good in terms of preparation.

We played here last year, that was tough game. But we have played since and I have won in three, so in my head, I know where I stand when I am fresh and feeling good. I feel different than I did to last year, so hopefully this year it will be different. I wanted to win today to try and get on the glass court!