May 28, 2015 6:49 AM
The Latest: Epic 13-11 tiebreaker for ex-French Open champs
The Associated Press
PARIS (AP) The Latest from the French Open:
In a matchup of past French Open champions on Court 1, Svetlana Kuznetsova has taken the first set from Francesca Schiavone in an epic tiebreaker than ended 13-11.
Kuznetsova finally seized the 82-minute set on her seventh chance, hitting a backhand volley winner to close a 15-stroke exchange.
Russia's Kuznetsova won the title at Roland Garros in 2009, a year before Italy's Schiavone did.
Fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki is making life difficult for herself, losing the first set 6-4 against an opponent ranked 67 spots below her, Julia Goerges.
The formerly top-ranked Dane broke the German in the fourth game, but then lost her next two service games. She angrily thumped her racket on the clay after netting a backhand that allowed Goerges to pull ahead 4-3.
The crowds are being slow to fill their court, Philippe Chatrier, which is barely half-full. The menacing weather doesn't help: Dark clouds are filling the sky and a distinctly chilly breeze is flapping at the players' yellow skirts.
Thwack, grunt, thwack.
Play is underway on Day 5 of the French Open, where 23 seeded players will be kicking up clay dust against lower-ranked opponents looking to upset the hierarchy.
The top seeds, Serena Williams for the women and Novak Djokovic among the men, are both in action in successive second-round matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
The spotty form of defending men's champion Rafael Nadal will be closely scrutinized on the center court, Philippe Chatrier, against a player he has lost to just once in 13 encounters, Nicolas Almagro.
They should be out in a couple of hours from now, after the first center-court match pitting formerly top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki, seeded fifth, against Julia Goerges of Germany.