Rain holds up Rafa, Sharapova at Roland Garros

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Paris (AFP)

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 winner Maria Sharapova to return on Tuesday.

When the covers were drawn just before 2000 (1800 GMT), Nadal was 6-4, 6-3, 0-3 up on Italian lucky loser Simone Bolelli as he started his bid for an 11th French Open title.

Sharapova didn't even get on court for her opener against Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands.