No. 2 seed Venus Williams overcame the toughest draw of the 2010 French Open on the opening day Sunday, defeating Swiss former Top 10er Patty Schnyder 6-3, 6-3.
The elder Williams sister drew whistles and cat-calls from the French fans when she took to the court in a dress of her own design, resembling a black nightie with red lace trim.
“The outfit is all about illusion,” she said. “That has been a lot of my motif there year, illusion, and it’s about kind of having that illusion of wearing lace and not having anything take away under it. These days I have a lot of fun with my designs.”
Other seeded winners on the day were defending champ and No. 6 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 14 Flavia Pennetta, No. 15 Aravane Rezai, No. 19 Nadia Petrova, No. 26 Dominika Cibulkova, and No. 30 Maria Kirilenko turning back a stiff challenge from Karolina Sprem 7-6(5), 6-4.
Two seeded players exited on Day One at Roland Garros, with Argentine Gisela Dulko dropping only three games against No. 10 Victoria Azarenka, and Akgul Amanmuradova ousting No. 20 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-2, 6-4.
Unseeded Russian contenders had a difficult day, as former Top 10er Anna Chakvetadze lost in three sets to Angelique Kerber, and Elena Vesnina lost in three to Andrea Petkovic.
Monday highlights in Paris are (3) Caroline Wozniacki vs. Russian Alla Kudryavtseva, (1) Serena Williams vs. Stefanie Voegele, (4) Jelena Jankovic vs. Alicia Molik, former Top 5er Jelena Dokic vs. (24) Lucie Safarova, Melanie Oudin vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues, and Russian Vera Dushevina vs. (27) Alona Bondarenko.
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