It was a somewhat quiet first day at the French Open. Things went pretty much as expected.
However, there was still a bit of drama.
No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost the opening set to Andrey Kuznetsov before rallying for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win. No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro pulled out a 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-1 win over Albert Montanes.
There were only two mild upsets on the men's side. No. 26 Andy Roddick was beaten 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 by Nicolas Mahut. No. 30 Jurgen Melzer lost to Michael Berrer, 6-7 (5), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.
In women's action, the top story was Venus Williams. She overcame a scare from 19-year-old Paula Ormaechea to advance, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
All of the seeded women won their matches. No. 6 Sam Stosur dominated Elena Baltacha, 6-4, 6-0; No. 13 Ana Ivanovic beat Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino, 6-1, 6-1; No. 26 Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Mirjana Lucic, 6-1, 6-3 and No. 10 Angelique Kerber beat Shuai Zhang, 6-3, 6-4.
No. 20 Lucie Safarova defeated Anastasiya Yakimova, 6-2, 6-0, and No. 21 Sara Errani rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Casey Dellacqua.
In a feel-good American story, Melanie Oudin beat Johanna Larsson, 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the second round. American Alexa Glatch also won, as did Irina Falconi. Shahar Peer also won her opening-round match.
It was a solid opening day, but there are plenty of great matches scheduled for tomorrow. Things should get much more exciting over the next few days.