French Open Day 1 recap: Quick play, minimal drama at Roland Garros
PARIS -- The first day of the French Open saw Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Roger Federer and John Isner all take the court.
Not a set was dropped on Court Philippe Chatrier by the favorites: Agnieszka Radwanska opened play with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Zhang Shuai and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga closed it out with a 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-2 win over Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Sandwiched in between were Serena Williams' 6-2, 6-1 win over Alizé Lim and Roger Federer's 84-minute romp over Lukas Lacko, winning 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. All in all, play ended on Chatrier in time around 6:30 p.m. in Paris (12:30 p.m. ET). That's early.
John Isner wins to set up a potential rematch of his infamous Wimbledon match: John Isner got a good test from French wild card Pierre-Hugues Herbert -- whose Twitter handle, @p2hugz, is adorable -- coming through to win 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 7-5. The win sets up a possible second-round match against his old foe Nicolas Mahut, who plays his first round match on Monday.
Venus Williams beats someone nearly half her age. Venus, who turns 34 years old in a few weeks, defeated 17-year-old Belinda Bencic, the youngest player in the women's draw. Her victory means there may be a potential third-round matchup against her sister, Serena.
Veterans rally for five-set wins: No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny and Radek Stepanek both came back from two-sets to love down to avoid early exits. Youzhny, who's 31 years old, battled back to beat 22-year-old Pablo Carreno Busta 3-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 and 35-year-old Stepanek beat 21-year-old Facundo Arguello 6-7 (8), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.
First seed to fall: Monica Niculescu upset No. 25 Kaia Kanepi 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.
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Agnieszka Radwanska opened up play on Court Philippe Chatrier with some of her trademark craftiness. But what do we think about that dress?
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Enjoying the match of the Boss @rogerfederer @rolandgarros !! pic.twitter.com/HkLXgU8goz
— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) May 25, 2014
I guess when Roger Federer is playing well, you need books to keep yourself entertained #Fedtwins (pic via @VIKI_RF) pic.twitter.com/JfffIap7Vb — The Slice (@TheSliceTweets) May 25, 2014
No matter how many times this year, always jarring to see the reigning Wimbledon champ casually strolling through the media center... #RG14
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 25, 2014
Nadal is a humble champion as champions go. But at this stage he should be on Chatrier for his 1st round match unless he asks not to beThis post has been updated.
— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) May 25, 2014