Venus Williams opens play at French Open on Day 4

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Mertens has split her last six matches on clay court.

However, the defending champion, Garbine Muguruza, who survived a big scare, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2, against Anett Kontaveit, remains the likely quarter-final opponent.

The 2002 French Open finalist forced the 90th-ranked Japanese into defensive positions reeling off eight straight games to take charge. Venus hasn't dropped a set in her first two matches and is coming off a performance in which she won 59 percent of her return points.

Kerber was defeated in the first round by unseeded Kiki Bertens 12 months ago and has yet to get past the quarterfinal.

Williams is a pretty capable clay court player, indeed, with nine titles and a 168-56 career record on clay to earn a winning percentage of 75. "After what she went through, it's incredible", Boserup said.

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"No, look, that's a great thing".

"I thought it was 4-3". "I may not be the best tennis player".

Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. I don't know exactly when.

She found her father, Jiri, and her brother, also Jiri, who greeted her with warm embraces and joyous kisses on the cheek. "And gave me the strength to finish it off". I took it one point at a time to stay calm. "And you know how social media is when you press the wrong button. and [there it was]".

The 25-year-old Wang built a 4-2 lead in the first set, before the seven-time Grand Slam singles victor used her experience to seal the set at 6-4.

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Meanwhile, Serena Williams, 2002, 2013 and 2015 French Open victor, isn't the only big star absent from the women's draw at Roland Garros this year, making it one of the most wide open in years.

The now pregnant Serena Williams would like to play in the French Open 2017 if only she could.

Schiavone's words, then, provided a powerful message.

During her on-court interview, Kvitova addressed Novak, her family and others in her guest box, saying: "Thank you for everything you helped me through (in) this hard time". "You never stop learning and that's what I love about the game". Just if you go through problems physically and you keep going to work and push your limits every time, I think is fantastic.

Eighth-seeded Kuznetsova, who won the tournament in 2009, triumphed 7-5 6-4 but had to check the score with the umpire toward the end.

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