Serena Williams opens with win at French Open


Rafael Nadal produced a masterful display to ease into the second round of the French Open on Monday.

"Hopefully it'll be back to normal next year and I'll play in front of the lovely crowd".

"She's playing well but I am too".

Today it was not simple for me, but the most important thing is I won it.

Twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova defeated Oceane Dodin 6-3, 7-5 in the only match to start on time under the new roof on Court Philippe Chatrier. "Even if the conditions are not the ideal ones, I will fight for my goals every single moment". "But now it's time to enjoy this a little bit and then get ready for the French".

Rain is forecast at Roland Garros for the next 10 days. Third seed Dominic Theme managed to win the men's singles and advanced to the second round.

Halep was not alone in wrapping up warm.

"He's been able to break himself into the two all-time greatest players and be part of that mix where you decide maybe Novak will be the greatest".

Next up for the American will be a second-round meeting against fellow mother Tsvetana Pironkova, who earlier beat Andrea Petkovic 6-3 6-3.

She started hitting the ball much better and made me work for the first set. I'm not waiting here a couple of minutes because I'm cold. I'm from L.A. and I live in Florida; for half my life I've never seen snow.

Especially, when you consider that she's the top-ranked player among the six of the Top 10 who are in competing for this year's French Open title during the Parisian fortnight, which begins Sunday.

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Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova opens up on Philippe Chatrier with her match against Mayar Sherif - the first Egyptian to make the main draw at Roland Garros.

Two weeks ago, Thiem won his first major tournament at the U.S. Open in NY.

The autumnal cold slightly abated on day two and Williams, who came through 7-6, 6-0 against American compatriot Kirstie Ahn, resisted the temptation to copy many others here and alter her racket to combat the frigid temperatures.

Coronavirus restrictions mean only 1,000 people are allowed a day at the tournament in western Paris. But I don't think that this will have any significant negative impact on how I feel on the tennis court.

Canadian youngster Felix Auger Aliassime was knocked out 7-5 6-3 6-3 by Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka.

Fabrice Santoro's five-set win against Arnaud Clement in 2004 took 6:33.

Williams is chasing an elusive 24th Grand Slam title to draw level with Margaret Court's all-time haul, but clay is her least successful surface.

Only one, Wawrinka, played like it.

When the match resumed 50 minutes later, the Belarusian quickly took control of the game, beating her opponent 6-1 6-2 in just over an hour.

"On cold and heavy days in Paris, it's going to be very hard for anyone to get the ball past Halep, who moves so well on clay", 18-times Grand Slam champion Navratilova wrote in a column for the WTA website.