Ana Ivanovic, the former world number one and 2008 French Open champion still cannot find her own self. Her woes continue as she lost 6-3, 6-0 against the 28th seeded Russian Alisa Kleybanova.
French Open Thursday Wrap: Murray and Roddick survive rain delays, Ivanovic makes yet another early exit
The match started off brightly for the Indo-Czech pairing as they broke serve in the 3rd game to take the early lead. With Paes in his own words "Focussed and jumping at my opponents" the defending champions kept their lead despite Dlouhy's early struggles with his serve. They kept this lead till 5-3 when they broke Brunstrom's serve to wrap up the first set 6-3. They dominated their opponent's serve in this set winning close to 45% of those points and at this stage it looked like smooth sailing.
Federer was sluggish in the first set but with neither player breaking serve, matters were even till 5-5. The Colombian then shocked the world number one by finding the elusive break in the eleventh game, but tightened up in the twelfth while serving for the set. Falla dropped his serve and though Federer continued to struggle in the ensuing tie-break, he found three points in a row from 4-4 to clinch the set.
On a day that was extremely overcast for the most part, with play being suspended a couple of times due to rain, Bhupathi and Mirnyi were lucky to have started proceedings on Court 14. Bhupathi, who has rejoined forces with Mirnyi, has so far had an ordinary year, and needed a strong start to get things back on track.
The first set started off in a quite routine fashion. Federer began with a comfortable hold and Falla too held comfortably with the net cord coming to his aid along the way. The game suddenly came alive when in the 3rd game Falla generated a break point on the Federer serve. Roger duly dispatched that break point with a rasping inside out forehand winner and ensured no alarms. The set then continued with Falla hitting deep and consistent, not allowing Federer to get on the attack. Federer for his part was content to rally and while never looking completely focused did enough to stay on serve. The set looked headed for a tie-break when Federer's serve was suddenly broken in the 11th game by the enterprising Spaniard. But the Swiss responded and Falla perhaps a touch nervous handed the break back hitting three errors in the process. The tie-break ensued and after muffing a forehand when up 4-3, Federer wrapped up the breaker winning the next three points to take the set.
Venus Williams is a woman on a mission, looking to clinch the number one spot in the WTA rankings and a win at Roland Garros will make it a double dream come true. But, the French Open is one Grand Slam where she has never excelled. Venus has made just the one Final in Paris on 13 previous trips, and that was 8 years ago! Her last three trips ended in 3rd Round exits, and hence it was just as important for her to adapt her game to playing on clay as it was to win against Arantxa Parra Santonja today.
Parra Santonja, ranked 59 in the world, is a typical Spanish clay courter who plays double handed on both sides. She peaked in 2003 and 2004 but since then has not really enjoyed any big wins on tour. Unlucky to run into the second seed early in the draw, another year she may have managed to scrape together a few more wins. Parra Santonja gave Venus a decent workout, especially in the second set, but succumbed to a 6-2, 6-4 defeat in a little over an hour and a half.
Fans from all over the world keenly watched proceedings on Day 3 of the 2010 French Open, as both the king and queen of clay made winning returns to the game. Justin Henin who started off the proceedings was joined by Rafael Nadal, who got his campaign to regain his lost crown underway, with a sluggish 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 win over the 18-year old local lad, Gianni Mina.
While the score suggests that the match was a routine affair, it was certainly no walk in the park for Nadal, who had to struggle for nearly 150 mins before prevailing. The World No. 2 looked rusty and made more unforced errors than usual, but stepped up his level when needed to complete the victory. The Frenchman ranked in excess of 650 got a wildcard into the tournament and showed he has the potential of being a top 5 player, displaying plenty of pluck as he gave it his all. Nadal was put under severe pressure on his serve and would have probably enjoyed the good early workout.
- French Open: Rafa and Henin assert supremacy; Roddick takes the rough road to round two
- Henin tested in opening match on French Open return
- French Open Day 2 Wrap: Murray survives Gasquet onslaught; Federer opens in style
- French Open Women's Wrap: Serena scrapes through to 2nd Round; Wozniacki, Dementieva, Jankovic have it easy
- Murray comes back from the death to beat Gasquet in 5 sets
- Federer coasts into Second Round of the French Open
- French Open Day 1 Wrap: Gulbis suffers shock defeat; Venus, Kuznetsova keep it steady
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