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Venus Williams enters third round

Venus Williams enters third round”

Big-hitting Milos Raonic beat Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil to advance to the third round of the French Open.

The decisive moment came in the ninth game of the fourth set.

With the 23-time Grand Slam champion looking on, Williams sealed her place in the last 32 with a 6-3, 6-1 win against the Japanese world No 90.

Johnson was overcome by emotion during a Tennis Channel TV interview right after the second-round match, wiping away tears as his voice choked on his words.

"Can you see Venus that she's playing 20 years here?" I wish he was following along. "Just to get through it was something that I know I'll be very proud of".

"Yes, I think there is still a lot of life left in a lot of us older ones who are over 30".

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The French Open is turning into a bitterly disappointing experience for the US men's contingent, but the American women have been mitigating the pain.

"Amazing", she said. "I surprised myself".

As for attending the French open and not playing?

Venus Williams of The United States plays a forehand during the ladies singles first round match against Qiang Wang of China on day one of the 2017 French Open at Roland Garros on May 28, 2017 in Paris, France.

The only seed she may have to face is recent Strasbourg champion Samantha Stosur, who will face Kristina Kucova in her first match tonight.

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. It was 2008 Australian Open runner-up Tsonga's first loss in the first round in Paris since his debut 12 years ago.

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Mattek-Sands beat Evgeniya Rodina of Russian Federation 7-5 6-2, Rogers defeated Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 and Brengle survived a tough encounter against German Julia Goerges 1-6 6-3 13-11.

Serena Williams wears florals to the French Open.

After dropping the opening set against Kontaveit, Muguruza was down a break in the second before coming back. The Frenchman won 67 percent of his first-serve points, but just 47 percent on his second serve.

Before the tournament, 1978 US Open finalist and ESPN analyst Pam Shriver backed Williams to contend at Roland Garros.

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. While it won't be her first time becoming an auntie, it will be her first as a full-fledged, hands-on adult auntie.

While the final score made it look easy for Williams, she was pushed hard in the early phases of the match before she found her game and got on a roll to earn the victory.

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