Tsonga out of French Open in 1st round

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Yes, pregnancy has kept Serena Williams out of the French Open draw, but it sure can't keep her away from the City of Lights - or the grounds of Roland Garros for that matter.

She is breaking an Open Era record with her 20th appearance at Roland Garros, and moved second behind sister Serena among all active players for matches played here.

"She's going to call me 'favorite aunt, '" the 36-year-old said. Now that she's pregnant and skipping the French Open, Williams has created a different problem: No player has any idea what to do in a wide open field.

Williams whipped 30 winners compared to six for her opponent and converted five of 14 break points avenging a 6-4, 6-3, loss to Nara at Indian Wells a year ago.

Nara had a slow start to the match as she was overwhelmed by the precise and powerful groundstrokes by Williams, as seen in the opening game when the American had a 0-40 lead to begin the match with.

In a tournament with no favourites, this year's Australian Open runner up - to her sister Serena, of course - must surely be considered among a dozen or so outsiders for the title here in Paris. 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.

"The first round is always tricky", Williams said. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace.

In a brief statement to USA Today, Williams said she isn't overly distraught by missing this event.

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"But she knows exactly what it's like out there, and she's had a lot of success here".

The win makes her the oldest woman to reach the third round at the French Open since Billie-Jean King in 1982.

The 53rd-ranked Kontaveit beat Muguruza the last time they played, in a clay-court tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, in April.

Venus, who was runner-up to her sister in Paris back in 2002, added: I think you just have to be ready, aware, and alert. "Just to get through it was something that I know I'll be very proud of". "He raised me to be a competitor and a fighter until the last point", Johnson said.

Ekaterina Makarova, who upset top-seeded Angelique Kerber in the first round, could not follow up on her great performance and exited the French Open.

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.

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