Paris, France (Sports Network) - Serena Williams put last year's early exit at
the French Open behind her by dominating her first-round match Sunday in
Her sister wasn't as fortunate, however.
Williams, the top seed and 2002 women's champion, had no problems whatsoever
in extending her career-best winning streak to 25 straight matches after
cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 rout of Georgia's Anna Tatishvili on the famed red clay
of Roland Garros.
The current World No. 1 suffered her first and only loss in the opening round
of a Grand Slam event last year in Paris when she fell to France's Virginie
Williams has titled in each of her last four events (Miami, Charleston, Madrid
and Rome) coming into the French Open.
Venus Williams, who lost to Serena in an all-sibling final at this prestigious
event in 2002, wasn't able to prevail in a hard-fought bout with Urszula
Radwanska in which the 22-year-old Polish native held on for a 7-6 (7-5), 6-7
(4-7), 6-4 win.
After the first two sets were decided by tiebreakers, Radwanska broke the
30th-seeded Venus twice in the third en route to taking a 5-1 lead. Williams
rebounded with a break later on and took the next three games, but Radwanska
held serve to come out on top in a 3-hour, 19-minute marathon.
It's only the second time Venus Williams was ousted in the first round of the
French Open during her long and storied career, with the other coming in 2001.
Elsewhere on Day 1, fifth-seeded Sara Errani started her run for another title
appearance with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Arantxa Rus. Errani fell to Russian
superstar Maria Sharapova in last year's French Open title match.
The day's biggest upset was produced by Puerto Rico's Monica Puig, who upended
11th-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Puig is making her Grand Slam
Ana Ivanovic, the 2008 champion and No. 14 seed, got past Petra Martic
6-1, 3-6, 6-3, while 19th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova outlasted Andrea
Hlavackova 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. Sorana Cirstea, seeded 26th, posted a 5-7,
7-5, 6-2 win over Kiki Bertens and No. 32 seed Sabine Lisicki discarded Sofia
Arvidsson 6-3, 6-4.
Other wins on Day 1 came from Razzano, Yulia Putintseva, Shelby Rogers,
Caroline Garcia, Petra Cetkovska, Donna Vekic, Dinah Pfizenmaier, Galina
Voskoboeva and Mallory Burdette.
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