Tenaciously Tennis

World Number Ones Advance Easily on Day Two; Others Lose Sets, but Win

On the second day of action at Roland Garros, the world number ones Serena Williams and Roger Federer dispatched their opponents to advance to the second round. Serena defeated Stefanie Voegele 7-6(2), 6-2, while Federer took out Peter Luczak, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. Although a little hiccup in the first set, the score in the second presents a bright future for the younger Williams sister. For Federer, things couldn’t get any better.

In other WTA matches, Caroline Wozniacki won her match against Alla Kudryavsteva, 6-0, 6-3, Jelena Jankovic, a favorite to potentially win the event beat Alicia Molik, 6-0, 6-4, and Elena Dementieva of Russian ended Petra Martic’s journey, 6-1, 6-1.

On the ATP side, hiccups ensued as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Fernando Gonzalez, and Gael Monfils all dropped sets in their first round matches to move on. Murray of Great Britain had an especially difficult time against Richard Gasquet of France, taking five sets to win, 4-6, 6 -7 (5), 6-4, 6-2, 6-1. According to an Associated Press article, Gasquet was in firm control at the beginning of the match, until he let up after being up two sets and a break in the third. This, the article continues, mirrors another battle between the two when “Murray…rallied from two sets down to beat Gasquet at Wimbledon to reach the quarterfinals in 2008.”

For Murray to win so easily in the remaining two sets should give him confidence going into the next round. It would be wise to discount the first two sets in the upcoming rounds. We’ll be seeing a lot more of Murray yet. And Serena and Federer for that matter.


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