2010 French Open Daily

Your P.M. once-over of all things Roland Garros

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Venus Williams dressed to impress for her first-round win.
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What's Happening Monday

The Tennis Channel's live coverage begins at 5 a.m. ET and runs through 3 p.m.

The day's most attractive matchup is a the first-round showdown between No. 4 Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet, the native Frenchman fresh off a title at Nice. Top-seeded Serena Williams also returns to action against Stefanie Voegele.

Other matches of interest include No. 1 Roger Federer vs. Peter Luczak, No. 3 Novak Djokovic vs. Evgeny Korolev, No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki vs. Alla Kudryavtseva. No. 4 Jelena Jankovic vs. Alicia Molik and No. 5 Elena Dementieva vs. Petra Martic.

The compete order of play for Day 2 can be found here.

 

What Happened Sunday

Clear skies and temperatures in the 80s brought more than 31,000 fans out for the opening day of this year's tournament -- and made for a taxing environment for the players.

• Seven-time Grand Slam titlist Venus Williams impressed in a victory over Patty Schnyder in straight sets -- but drew even more attention for her slinky, cabaret-inspired outfit.

• Defending French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova survived a potential pitfall with an easy win over Sorana Cirstea, a quarterfinalist at Roland Garros in 2009. Sveta rallied to capture 12 of the last 13 games after dropping the first three.

• Latvia's Ernests Gulbis was the first notable upset victim on the men's side, falling behind 6-4, 6-2, 1-0 before retiring against France's Julien Benneteau after tweaking his hamstring in the fourth game of the second. Gulbis was considered a very live outsider thanks to a string of impressive performances in recent weeks.

• The day's major women's upset came when No. 10-seeded Victoria Azarenka won just three games in a 6-1, 6-2 defeat to Gisela Dulko.

• Fifth-seeded Robin Soderling pounded 46 winners in a comfortable victory over Laurent Recouderc.

• Just two weeks after capturing the Italian Open in such inspired fashion, No. 20-seeded Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez bowed quietly in a straight-sets loss to Akgul Amanmuradova.

• Fringe contenders Marin Cilic, Mikhail Youzhny, Flavia Pennetta, Aravane Rezai, Nadia Petrova also prevailed in first-round matches.

Match of the Day: It had to be Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's marathon first-rounder against Daniel Brands. The native Frenchman (and trendy dark-horse pick here at Roland Garros) struggled early against Brands' adroit drop shots, but recovered for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 win in nearly four hours.

 

Paris Clicks

It's the final French Open for a tiny Paris hotel filled with quirky tournament memories ... Caroline Wozniacki is keeping a video blog during the tournament for Yahoo! Eurosport ... Native son Richard Gasquet is under pressure to perform against Andy Murray on Monday ... Argentine newspaper Ole says 2004 French Open runner-up Guillermo Coria is asking himself the comeback question.

 

Photo of the Day

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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga serves to Germany's Daniel Brands during a first-round match on Day 1 of the French Open.
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Go Figure

30 ... Months since Richard Gasquet last captured an ATP Tour title before Saturday's victory in Nice.

46 ... Approximate number of hours between Gasquet's victory Saturday over Fernando Verdasco and the Frenchman's first-round match Monday against fourth-seeded Andy Murray.

9 ... Years since a woman from South Africa won a main draw match at the French Open before Chanelle Scheepers' first-round victory Sunday over Mathilde Johansson.

 

Must-See Video

Roger Federer, who opens his French Open title defense on Monday, posted a video message to his fans from Paris.

 

They Said It

"Well, I assumed it was true. I don't know what's fact, what's fiction. That's just a story I heard."
--Venus Williams, on the myth of her father getting the idea for having two daughters to be tennis players from a tournament on television


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