May 24, 2015 6:54 AM

The Latest: 3rd seed Halep through to French Open 2nd round

The Associated Press

PARIS (AP) 12:45 a.m. (1034 GMT)

Last year's losing women's finalist, Simona Halep, is safely through to the second round, closing out a 7-5, 6-4 victory against Russian Evegenia Rodina with an ace.

The third-seeded Romanian, dressed all in black, celebrated with a fist pump.

Roger Federer is up next on center court. The winner of a record 17 Grand Slam titles got a standing ovation as he stepped onto Court Philippe Chatrier, acknowledging the applause, shrieks and whistles with a quick wave of his right hand.

Federer is wearing an outfit Andre Agassi would approve of: day-glo pink shorts with purple stripes down the sides and a purple shirt.

His first-round opponent is Alejandro Falla. The Colombian qualifier pushed Federer to five sets in the first round at Wimbledon in 2010.


12:19 p.m. (1019 GMT)

The first match-winner this year is Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, in the men's draw. He was up two sets against Mikhail Youzhny when the Russian retired at the start of the third. Youzhny was a quarterfinalist in 2010.

On the women's side, the first winner is Teliana Pereira. The Brazilian qualifier chomped through Fiona Ferro, a 326th-ranked French wild card, in 65 minutes, winning 6-3, 6-2.


11:57 a.m. (0957 GMT)

Out on Court 2, Phillip Kohlschreiber, seeded 22nd, has torn through his first set against Japan's Go Soeda, winning 6-1. Kohlschreiber (aged 31) and Soeda (30) are among 39 men aged 30 or over in the Roland Garros main draw. That is a Grand Slam record.

Another veteran, 32-year-old Mikhail Youzhny, is off to a bad start on Court 6, losing his first set 6-2 against Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.

The most golden of oldies, 33-year-old Roger Federer, follows Simona Halep on center court. Last year's losing women's finalist is up against Evgenia Rodina, winning the first set 7-5.


10:52 a.m. (0852 GMT)

Here we go again. On a sunny Sunday morning, play is about to start at the French Open, as grounds crews finish watering the center court.

The weather forecasts are excellent, with temperatures expected to reach 22 degrees Celsius (72 F) in the afternoon.

Last year's runner-up Simona Halep will open play on Center Court. The third-seeded Romanian player is taking on Russian Evgenia Rodina before Roger Federer starts his bid for an 18th Grand Slam title against lucky loser Alejandro Falla.


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