Venus Beats Rain, Cornet at French Open

Posted on May 29, 2007

No. 26 seed Venus Williams was the highest-profile winner on a rainy day where only six women's matches were completed Tuesday at the French Open.

Williams struggled with her forehand during a 6-4, 6-3 win over Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.


"Well, it's just important to stay positive, because things happen," Williams said. "Tennis is a game where if you let a few points go, it can become even. So I just felt like for sure I had the advantage still and I really wanted to close it out. And especially with the weather, I didn't know -- I was already fortunate to be first on and fortunate that it hadn't rained already, so just trying to stay focused."

Other winners on the day were (16) Na Li (d. Kloesel, bagel in the second), (19) Tathiana Garbin (d. Morigami), (27) Sam Stosur (d. Jackson), Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek (d. (31) Bremond) and American Ashley Harkleroad (d. Wozniak).

Highlights of Tuesday play at the French Open are (18) Marion Bartoli vs. Aravane Rezai in an all-French encounter, and (4) Jelena Jankovic vs. France's Stephanie Foretz.