There were barely any surprises in day two of the French Open on the women’s side. Maybe a couple of slow starts put fans on the edge of their seats, but most of the top seeded players advanced to the second round in straight sets.
19-year-old Danish Caroline Wozniacki, who is the youngest ranked teenager among the WTA top 25 at No. 3, topped Russian Alla Kudryavtseva, 6-0, 6-3. Serbia’s fourth seed Jelena Jankovic is riding high on the radar and rolled past Australian Alicia Molik, 6-0, 6-4.
But Serena William’s first set was no cakewalk.
Swiss Stefanie Voegele came out strong against the world’s number one player but fell 7-6. Serena then cruised in her second set, 6-2.
The 2002 champion is looking to break her six-year drought from the quarterfinals. She will face German Julia Goerges in the second round.
Australian seventh seed Samantha Stosur also had a slow start, but secured a ticket to the second round with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Romanian Simona Halep.
With Stosur, Serena and Henin in the same bracket, the quarterfinals would prove to be an exciting matchup if all three advance in their next couple of rounds.
Key matches for day three will feature:
Justine Henin (22) vs. Tsvetana Pironkova
Marion Bartoli (13) vs. Maria Elena Camerin
Maria Sharapova (12) vs. Ksenia Pervak
Dinara Safina (9) vs. Kimiko Date Krumm
Shahar Peer (18) vs. Nuria Llagostera Vives