10 French Open Observations
From the shocking fashion sense of Venus Williams to the early domination of the high seeds, this year's edition of the French Open has already produced many notable headlines.
Outstanding weather conditions have favored the big hitters so far, and traditional favorites such as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer look to continue their dominance in Paris.
Venus Williams Bares it All
Venus Williams made noise with her racket and her outfit in Round One of the French Open. This was one of the few photos of Williams that could be deemed "suitable for all ages." Williams did go onto win her match against Patty Schnyder 6-3, 6-3.
Roger Federer defeated Peter Luczak 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 on Day Two of the French Open. Federer is a favorite to win the men's championship.
Murray Moves On
Andy Murray struggled early but won the final three sets against Richard Gasquet and advanced to the second round.
Awesome Atmosphere for Power Players
Is it just me, or did the serves at Roland Garros appear to be traveling unusually fast on Day 2? With temperatures warming into the 80s on Day 2, conditions were ripe for the power servers to let loose on the traditionally slow-playing clay courts.
Marathon Match Nearly Breaks Records
Luaks Lacko (pictured) of Slovakia defeated Michael Yani, who was an an American qualifier. The official score was 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 12-10. According to the Associated Press, The match took nearly five hours to complete, and its 71 games was the most at a French Open match since 1973.
Soderling in Straight Sets
Robin Soderling, the Cinderella story of last year's French Open, began his tournament with an impressive straight-set victory over Laurent Recouderc. Soderling, who upset Rafael Nadal in last year's tournament, is looking to recapture the same magic that helped him gain a spot in the finals against eventual champion Roger Federer.
Serena Struggles Early
Serena Williams (pictured right) needed a tiebreaker in the first set to defeat Stefanie Vogele of Switzerland 7-6(2), 6-2. Williams will play Julia Georges in the second round.
Day Three Will Deliver
Maria Sharapova (pictured), Andy Roddick, and Rafael Nadal will be amongst the stars taking the court on Day Three of the French Open. The Williams sisters will also be playing together in doubles action.
Fearless Predictions: Women's Draw
Although the most talked-about subject on the women's side of the bracket could become Venus Williams' apparel (or lack thereof), there will be some great tennis played as well. Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark is seeded third and is looking to make a strong push towards a French Open title. She convincingly won her first round match 6-0, 6-3, and after a fairly strong performance in the Australian Open in which she exited in the fourth round, Wozniacki is my dark-horse pick to win it all in Paris.
Fearless Predictions: Men's Draw
I know I'm not going out on much of a limb with this one, but Rafael Nadal (pictured) is my pick to win it here. Nadal is on a roll after defeating Federer in Madrid, and I expect him to take back his throne in Paris after being upset in the fourth round last year.