There is increasingly, however, a feeling that Halep's time to win a Slam is at hand, and were she to finally lift her maiden title, it would surely be a popular outcome, particularly after the manner of her defeats in the final in Paris previous year and earlier this season in Melbourne.
A two-time French Open champion, Sharapova has plenty of pedigree in Paris and will fancy her chances of making a deep run, particularly if she gets past sixth seed Karolina Pliskova, who she could meet in the third round.
Earlier in the day and under brighter skies, 2016 victor Novak Djokovic began his campaign with a straight-sets success over Rogerio Dutra Silva, but Stan Wawrinka - triumphant in 2015 - was eliminated following a five-set thriller with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
So, the 182nd-ranked Safwat made his Grand Slam debut on Court Philippe Chatrier against No. 4-seeded Grigor Dimitrov.
The world No 1 and a two-time finalist, unsurprisingly there is plenty of focus on Halep in the build-up to the French Open. Another such entrant drew a lot more fanfare: 190th-ranked Marco Trungelliti of Argentina, who drove 10 hours from Barcelona to Paris - sharing a rental vehicle with his 88-year-old grandmother, mother, and brother - on Sunday to accept a berth, then went out and defeated Bernard Tomic, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
Any such conversation about who could be an eventual successor tends to begin with Alexander Zverev, a 21-year-old German. At the age of 27 conta in the main draw of the Open championship of France have not won a single match, but reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
"I fell in love all over again with the sport and I enjoyed taking those few hours off from home to go and work out and play tennis, because I needed it, for various reasons, not just because I wanted to get back into shape". He's played 11 matches in 2018, going 4-7. He is now 4-3 in Grand Slam action.
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The players, in an attempt to show unity, stood in the tunnel that leads to the field while the "Star Spangled Banner" was played. NBC's Craig Melvin said a former player told him "players are already talking about other ways in which they can protest".
He is the first Egyptian to play at Roland Garros since Tamer El-Sawy in 1996.
Former top-ranked player Victoria Azarenka has bowed out of the French Open in the first round, beaten 7-5, 7-5 by Katerina Siniakova.
Azarenka, a semifinalist in Paris five years ago, is ranked 84th after giving birth to a son in December 2016.
She hit 38 unforced errors on the remote Court 18.
The 21st-seeded Kyrgios pulled out with an injured right elbow on Sunday.
Heavy rain brought an early end to play on the second day of Roland Garros on Monday, forcing defending champion Rafael Nadal and two-time victor Maria Sharapova to return on Tuesday. Fresh from Masters 1000 victories in Rome and Monte Carlo and a win in Barcelona, he is the unquestioned favourite to claim the title on June 10th. But for all of Nadal's dominance this season, he is not without rivals gunning for his crown. Rafael Nadal has enjoyed an excellent clay-court season thus far.
Novak Djokovic made the second round of the French Open after beating Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva.
Reinforcements in defence - particularly in the middle - are also needed, while a new central midfielder wouldn't go amiss. Arsenal are in talks with Switzerland right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner over a contract, Sky Sports News understands.
It said that Nipah symptoms are not specific and include flu-like illness and hence can be confused with any respiratory illness. Both the patients have been isolated and their blood, swab samples sent to National Institute of Virology (NIV)-Pune.
Alberto is the first named storm of 2018, and it comes days before the Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1. Phil Bryant authorized the use of the National Guard, his office said in a statement .
Who was the last head coach to win a Calder Cup-Stanley Cup double? He has three points (1-2-3) in 12 playoff games. Ditto Nicklas Backstrom , 30, who has been Ovechkin's Washington teammate for 11 of those seasons.
Hawaii and Califonia are especially feeling the brunt, with the gas prices soaring to over $3.70 per gallon. Gas prices are rising, but not enough to keep New Mexicans from hitting the road this holiday weekend.
Not only did he play all 48 minutes, but he dropped 35 points on 12-of-24 shooting and added 15 rebounds and nine assists. It's something you wish you had when you're done playing, but more than that, it's just basketball for me.
The move to Stamford Bridge was supposed to push the England global to the next level and help him fulfil his undoubted potential. Antonio Conte's two-year spell as Chelsea manager appears to be coming to an end.
James had eight points and Hill added six to keep the Cavs in it early, but the rest of the team was just 2-for-11 from the field. But James drilled back-to-back three-pointers in a 43-second span to up the lead to 107-96 and quash remaining suspense.
But he added that if, as is likely, his government is not approved by parliament, new elections will be held "after August". Mattarella vetoed their choice for economy minister Sunday night.
Alberto approaches northern Gulf of Mexico
Ivey activated the state's emergency operations center while the Alabama National Guard activated its high water evacuation teams. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Suwannee River in the Big Bend area of Florida to the Mississippi/Alabama border.
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Cavs, Game 7? "We'll just have to play it by ear". "They will eventually test it and see if there's any possibility whatsoever". In Game 6, they were not hitting those shots, and defensively they let Hill and other supporting Cavaliers get rolling.
NCAA grants Florida State's Cofer extra year of eligibility
Louisville committed three fielding errors and threw two wild pitches - all proving to be crucial in an extra inning game. Becca Schulte led off the inning with a double off the wall in right-center field and moved to third on a ground out.
North and South Koreas leaders to meet
At the Saturday meeting, Kim was with his sister Kim Yo-jong and his top aide Kim Yong chol in charge of inter-Korean affairs. Trump tweeted Sunday that North Korea "has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day".
Irish turn attention to parliament as abortion ban voted out
Sinn Fein's party leaders from both sides of the border held up a placard at Dublin Castle reading: "The North is next". Belfast priest and Belfast Telegraph commentator Fr Patrick McCafferty said: "It is a dark and sad day for our country".