May 25, 2015 6:59 AM
The Latest: So far so good for seed Suarez Navarro at French
The Associated Press
PARIS (AP) 12:48 p.m.
The eighth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro, who looms as a potentially tricky quarterfinal opponent for defending champion Maria Sharapova if they both get that far, made light work of her first-round 6-2, 6-2 victory against Monica Niculescu, a 67th-ranked Romanian.
Suarez Navarro, from Spain, was a quarterfinalist both last year and on her French Open debut in 2008. She made the day for a few kids in the crowd, stopping on her way back to the locker room to autograph their giant tennis balls.
Meanwhile, on center court, the home crowd is roaring for 29th-seeded Alize Cornet as the Frenchwoman wins the second set 6-4 to even up her first-round match against Roberta Vinci, who took the first set 6-4.
Cross fingers, the threat of rain appears to be receding, with bright sunlight and patches of blue sky poking through the dense clouds.
Sabine Lisicki, runner-up at Wimbledon in 2013, makes a strong start at the only major where she's never reached at least the fourth round, barely working up a sweat in a 6-3, 6-2 beating of 86th-ranked Monica Puig.
The German, seeded 20th, served out the first-round match with an ace. The expedited 66-minute victory leaves her plenty of time to relax back at the rented apartment she showed off here on her Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/sabinelisicki/status/602420477101998080
Spotted in the alleys of the French Open: Patrick Mouratoglou, coach of 19-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams, perched precariously on a concrete post, racket in the air, striking a warrior's pose for a French newspaper photographer.
Our AP Sports Writer Samuel Petrequin caught the moment here: https://twitter.com/sampetrequin/status/602765901914595328/photo/1
The tennis equivalent of breakfast, lunch, dinner and plenty of snacking in between on Day 2 of the French Open, with a whopping 57 first-round singles matches spread across 15 courts filling with expectant crowds. In short, a quick-moving feast of bright yellow balls, blood-red clay and no shortage of tennis drama.
The big question: will rain hold off? Skies over Roland Garros on what is a national holiday for many French are thick with menacing dark clouds. Cloying dampness in the air could make for heavy and tiring playing conditions.
Andy Murray, Venus Williams and defending women's champion Maria Sharapova are among big names in action. Frances Tiafoe, at age 17 the youngest man here, flies the flag for tennis' next generation of potential stars. The oldest man in the draw, 36-year-old Radek Stepanek, is first out on Court 14, against 119th-ranked Ivan Dodig.