Deuces Wild: Nadal, Murray, Sharapova and Others Underway on Day 3

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Deuces Wild: Nadal, Murray, Sharapova and Others Underway on Day 3
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Today promises to be an exciting day as top players Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters and Robin Soderling take the court.

As first-round action continues, interest will be focused on these top players.

Nadal faces a tough opponent in American John Isner, who stands very tall on the opposite side of the net.  Nadal leads in their head-to-head at 2-0.  Most expect Nadal to survive this contest.

Scot Andy Murray faces a qualifier Eric Prodon of France, who will undoubtedly have the French crowd behind him, but little else.

Sharapova faces 29-year-old Mirjana Lucic of Croatia, who is attempting to make a comeback in tennis.  One imagines that Lucic’s chances against Sharapova, who won the tournament in Rome, are quite limited. 

Kim Clisters, the No. 2 seed, will face Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus, currently ranked No. 100.  Clijsters is returning to action after an extended layoff resulting from an ankle injury suffered in a “dancing” incident.

World No. 5 Robin Soderling will face American teenager Ryan Harrison in his first match of the 2011 French Open.  Soderling has been a finalist the past two years. 

Action is underway.  What surprises are in store for today?  Stay tuned...

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