Wearing a new colorful EleVen dress, Venus Williams made her way into the second round of Roland Garros. The seven-time Grand Slam champion beat fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1 4-6 6-2. Maria Sharapova also progressed in three sets, defeating world No.64 Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus 3-6 6-1 6-2.
Williams has never won the French Open, and was upset in the third round in three of the last four years, but she was a runner-up to her sister Serena in 2002. In addition, she holds a 36-12 record at Roland Garros, which makes her the player with most wins in the women’s draw at the tournament.
Sharapova, now ranked only 102nd, lost the first set, but stormed through the next two to reach the second round of Roland Garros and book a meeting with seed No.11 Nadia Petrova, who will be Sharapova’s toughest opponent since her recent comeback to competitive tennis. The third-seeded Williams will face Lucie Safarova in the second round.
Upsets: So far on Day 2, seed No.14 Flavia Pennetta and seed No.23 Alisa Kleybanova lost in the first round. Pennetta was upset by American world No.116 Alexa Glatch 6-1 6-1. Did anyone see what happened to Pennetta to have won only two games? Kleybanova lost to Slovenia’s Polona Hercog, ranked 167th, 6-2 4-6 6-1.