Top seeds easily move through French Open Day 1

(KSDK) – Day 1 of the French Open ended with all of the expected top seeds moving forward, and a former champion falling.

Serena Williams and Roger Federer each moved swiftly through their matches, and Williams's sister, Venus, also gained easy entry into the second round.

Serena had a tough time closing out her match against Frenchwoman Alize Lim as the last two games stretched a bit longer than Serena obviously liked, but she finished her off. Moving forward, Serena will look to clean up a lot of her unforced errors and definitely increase her number of aces as she had zilch in her first match.

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With Serena and Venus moving into the second round, the tennis world is already buzzing about a Williams match up in the third round.

These have been a rare sighting in recent years, and it might not be the spectacle of yesteryear, but it's always a highly anticipated match. Obviously, this all depends upon the second round results, but if both make it through, this will be a match to discuss heavily.

Top American man John Isner also finished a tight match up against Pierre Hughes-Herbert and closed it out on his only break point of the match. He's moving on and could face Nicolas Mahut in the second round, which could excite tennis fans. This was Isner's foe in the longest recorded match ever in at 2010 Wimbledon with more than 180 games played in 11 hours and 5 minutes.

Since that time though, Isner has had a solid record of defeating Mahut.

One of the underlying headlines lost in Day 1 that wasn't discussed in great detail is the first round loss of Italian woman Francesca Schiavone. Schiavone won the French Open title in 2010 against Samantha Stosur. The following year, she was a finalist and lost to Li Na.

A former champion lost in the opening round and not many batted an eye.

Granted, Schiavone will turn 34 next month, but for quite some time, she excited the women's tennis base and became the first Italian woman to win a major Grand Slam.

It was sad to see her lose in straight sets to Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia, and many will be sure to write her off as someone to retire from the game soon.

Other notable wins of Sunday saw Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Agnieszka Radwanska, Milos Raonic, Daniela Hantuchova, Tomas Berdych and Mikhail Youzhny.

What to expect Day 2

Monday, fans will see other top favorites hit the court for their round 1 matches.

Rafael Nadal faces American Robby Ginepri on Court Suzanne Lenglen, which has caused a big uproar from fans around the world about the reigning champion taking to the second court opposed to the main show court.

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World No. 2 Novak Djokovic will play on the main show court against Joao Sousa.

Maria Sharapova also begins her clay court title quest against Ksenia Pervak.

Other matches to watch throughout Memorial Day includes Stan Wawrinka, Sloane Stephens, Jelena Jankovic, Petra Kvitova and Eugenie Bouchard.


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