Venus Williams makes French Open history while beating Wang Qiang

BNP Paribas WTA Finals

BNP Paribas WTA Finals

Mattek-Sands beat Evgeniya Rodina of Russian Federation 7-5 6-2, Rogers defeated Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 and Brengle survived a tough encounter against German Julia Goerges 1-6 6-3 13-11. She put in 68% of her first serves, converting 62% points off them.Schiavone, the 2010 champion, showed her usual fighting spirit and saved three match points before going down when she sent a forehand volley wide.

- Defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-4 6-2.

“I can not believe in the first round we have two ex-champions. Can you see Venus that she's playing 20 years here?

Muguruza lost to Kontaveit at Stuttgart in April, although the Estonian is through to the second round of a Grand Slam for just the second time.Well Jankovic, lost in just 71 minutes, to Richel Hogenkamp, 6-2, 7-5, but Stosur sailed past Kristina Kucova, 7-5, 6-1, in an hour and 18 minutes.The 11th-seeded Wozniacki will play a qualifier or a wild card in round two.

Hopes of a first French men's champion since Yannick Noah in 1983 suffered a huge blow as 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga crashed out in his opening match. I think she has a spectacular body, also, to be able to do that.

"It's never easy but from a confidence point of view, from a physical point of view, she's in pretty good shape", Cahill adds.

The fourth seed will meet Estonias Anett Kontaveit for a place in round three as Schiavone, who turns 37 in June, bid farewell to the tournament for the final time ahead of her retirement at the end of the year.

But a back problem suffered in practice on Sunday nearly put paid to her chances before she had started and she needed all her fighting spirit to defeat Jennifer Brady 3-6 6-3 9-7 in a match that lasted one minute short of three hours.

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"I have a different spirit here, I'm going to fight for every ball to try and win", said Muguruza, who defeated Serena Williams in last year's final.

Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Qiang Wang that took 23 games to decide.

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Williams spoke about Serena's presence as a spectator.

It was not a good day, though, for Ekaterina Makarova, conqueror of top seed Angelique Kerber in round one but knocked out 6-2 6-2 by Lesia Tsurenko in round two.

She beat her sister Venus in that final. "But more than that, I can't say".

Mladenovic is due to face former runner-up Sara Errani in the second round on Wednesday, and she is confident she will have recovered.