What's Happening Wednesday
Second-round play kicks off ... or that's the plan, anyway. Forecasters are calling for an 80 percent chance of rain, which may wash out most (or all) of Wednesday's action.
Weather permitting, the Tennis Channel's live coverage begins at 5 a.m. ET and runs through noon. ESPN2 picks it up from 12-6:30 p.m.
Venus Williams opens the second round at 5 a.m. on Court Philippe Chatrier against Arantxa Parra Santonja, with Roger Federer next up against Colombia's Alejandro Falla.
A pair of American men aim to crash the third round: Taylor Dent tries for the upset of No. 5 Robin Soderling (5 a.m., on Court Suzanne Lenglen), while No. 17 John Isner faces unseeded Marco Chiudinelli.
Several intriguing hometown favorites should draw partisan support: No. 13 Gael Monfils goes against Italy's Fabio Fognini, while trendy sleeper pick Aravane Rezai (the No. 15 seed) faces Germany's Angelique Kerber. And who could forget No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga opposite fellow Frenchman Josselin Ouanna.
Other matches of note include No. 4 Andy Murray faces Juan Ignacio Chela, No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki vs. Tathiana Garbin and No. 5 Elena Dementieva vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues.
The compete order of play for Day 4 can be found here.
What Happened Tuesday
Mostly sunny weather in Paris attracted 35,462 fans to the grounds for the final day of first-round play.
• Recent world No. 1 Dinara Safina suffered a shock defeat to Kimiko Date Krumm in three sets. Date Krumm, 39, became the second-oldest woman to win at Roland Garros in the Open era. The ninth-seeded Safina, a runner-up here in 2008 and '09, committed 17 double faults in the loss and seemed to fritter apart down the stretch.
• Four-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal overcame an error-prone opening to coast past Gianni Mina in straight sets.
• Another Roland Garros legend enjoyed success Tuesday, as No. 22 Justine Henin dispensed of Tsvetana Pironkova in the Belgian's first match on center court at Roland Garros since 2007.
• Russia's Maria Sharapova bagged a 6-3, 6-2 win over compatriot Ksenia Pervak to book a second-round date with Kirsten Flipkens.
• Unseeded Robby Ginepri took down No. 18 Sam Querrey in an all-American affair, after which Querrey confessed to burnout. "I just wanted to get off the court," Querrey admitted.
• Match of the Day: Had to be Andy Roddick's greuling five-set victory over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen. It wasn't always pretty -- "There was a lot of ugliness out there today," Roddick confessed afterward -- but the 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 result was enough to lift the 27-year-old into the second round. It was Roddick's first match on clay since last year's French Open.
Seems the push for a World Cup for tennis is gaining steam at Roland Garros ... Nadal sported that much-talked-about $525,000 watch during Tuesday's first-round triumph ... Tennis Channel interviews with Caro Wozniacki, Serena Williams and Roger Federer ... The Wall Street Journal analyzes Richard Gasquet's problems with five-set matches ... Fresh off another French Open flameout, Dinara Safina remains tight-lipped about her split with coach Zeljko Krajan.
Photo of the Day
37 ... Number of consecutive sets won by Justine Henin at the French Open after Tuesday's 6-4, 6-3 victory, just three short of Helen Wills Moody's all-time record set from 1928 through '32.
3 ... Age in years of Dinara Safina when first-round opponent Kimiko Date Krumm made her French Open debut in 1989.
10-10 ... First-round record of American men's and women's singles players at this year's French Open, up from 5-11 in 2009.
Highlights from Nadal's perfunctory victory over Mina, as the Spaniard improved to 32-1 lifetime at Roland Garros.
They Said It
"I got a little bit of a scouting report, and I'm sure I'll do some more Googling when I get back to my room tonight and try and figure something out."
--Andy Roddick, on his knowledge of second-round opponent Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia
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