A German quintet is only one win away from the main draw at the French Open.
Siegemund defeated China’s Xiyu Wang 6-3, 6-3, while Niemeier beat French local hero Jessika Ponchet 6-4, 6-0. Nastasja Schunk won against Veronica Cepede Royg from Paraguay 6:3, 6:1.
Cedrik-Marcel Stebe had much more trouble when he beat Juan Manuel Cerundolo from Argentina 7:6 (7:5), 6:3 and Daniel Masur 4:6, 6:4, 7:6 (10:3) against Jesper de Jong from the Netherlands. Tamara Korpatsch and Katharina Gerlach, on the other hand, failed in the second qualifying round.
Three German women – and Zverev
So far, there are only three German players in the women’s singles: Angelique Kerber, Andrea Petkovic and Tatjana Maria. The German men are led by world number three Alexander Zverev.
Jan-Lennard Struff will not compete due to injury. “After having to retire in Miami for the first time in my life due to an injury, I was still hoping to return for Roland Garros,” the 32-year-old from Warstein wrote on Instagram on Wednesday evening. “But unfortunately I can’t play at my favourite slam this year.”
Struff broke his toe at the Masters 1000 tournament in Miami at the end of March and has had to take a break since. In the meantime, the former German number two has slipped to 99th place in the world rankings.