French Open 2014: Andy Murray and Heather Watson look for wins on Tuesday
Last Updated: 27/05/14 12:47pm
Andy Murray: Showed some promising signs on clay during the recent Rome Masters
Andy Murray will look to avoid an upset and Heather Watson will be eager to progress when the British pair feature in French Open action on Tuesday.
Having missed out on playing at Roland Garros last year due to injury, Murray will be determined to make sure he doesn't suffer early heartbreak in Paris to Andrey Golubev, a man born in Russia who now represents Kazakhstan.
The Scot seemed to be finding some form on clay in making the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters, where he turned in a superb display in losing to Rafael Nadal.
The fact he has beaten Golubev in their two previous meetings is also a positive sign for the seventh seed, though he will know his opening match at the tournament will not be easy against an opponent ranked 55 in the world.
His section of the draw has become a little easier at least with the shock exit of Stan Wawrinka, a result that also offers some hope for France's Gael Monfils. The home favourite starts his campaign against Romanian Victor Hanescu.
Murray is third up on Suzanne Lenglen, following on from the clash between 12th seed Richard Gasquet of France and Australian Bernard Tomic.
By that stage Watson will already have played out on Court 6 against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic.
The British no 2 came through qualifying to secure a place in the main draw and will fancy her chances of beating a player who has suffered early exits in Nuremburg and Prague recently.
Their only previous clash came on a hard court in Tokyo last year, with Zahlavova Strycova recording a 6-3 6-3 result in a match that lasted just under two hours.
Watson will be eager to not suffer the same fate as fellow Brit James Ward, who took the opening set against Tommy Robredo on Monday before eventually losing in four to the Spaniard.
In other matches of interest on day three, former champion Na Li of China, seeded second this year, takes on Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic, while 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova goes up against Sofia Shapatava.
Caroline Wozniacki is also in action for the first time since it was announced her engagement to golfer Rory McIlroy, who won at the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday, was over. The Dane faces Yanina Wickmayer.
As for some big names in the men's draw, clay-court expert David Ferrer gets to play on Philippe Chatrier against Igor Sijsling, plus fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco takes on experienced Frenchman Michael Llodra on Court 1.
There is British interest in the doubles; Kenneth Skupski, Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray are all scheduled to be in action.