Top ranked New Zealand doubles player Michael Venus wants to put a terrible record at Roland Garros behind him when he makes a fifth appearance at the French Open. Her poor backhand attack earned Williams a 7-3 victory in the tiebreak.
"Venus coming off what she did at the Australian Open getting to her first grand slam final since she knew she had the auto-immune syndrome (Sjogren's Syndrome) and now knowing that her sister is not in the draw". Nara finally got herself on the scoreboard in the set when Williams missed a break point after hitting a backhand unforced error, allowing the Japanese to regain some confidence. "I see Venus here, and I say, 'Wow, this is a big example for everybody'".
"I love being here and I love playing on this court", Williams said. It's incredible. It's something very special that if you love the sport you can do it.
"You know, it's always a joy when you can control the match", she smiled afterwards. The rout continued for Nara as she lost her sixth successive game, getting broken after the American fired four winners in five points to get the early lead in the second set.
"Venus is a very capable clay court player, she's won grand slams before and the mental part of the game is going to be very important this year", Evert added.
"It was really hard for me past year", Nadal said.
Kerber, who has battled poor form since ascending to the top of the world rankings last September, went down 6-2, 6-2 to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova in one hour and 22 minutes.
"Last week, I won my first-ever clay tournament", Tsonga said, referring to an event in Lyon.
Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, was playing in her first competition this week after a five-month injury absence following a stabbing by a burglar a year ago.
Thankfully there was not much power on Haase's shot, as the same official took a nasty blow from Denis Shapovalov back in February which left him with a fractured orbital bone.