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Williams Sisters Open With Wins

Two of the WTA's greatest legends opened their French Open campaigns with wins on Sunday. Agnieszka Radwanska was also among the winners at Roland Garros.

Published May 25, 2014 12:15

Williams Sisters Open With Wins
Venus Williams

PARIS, France - The first round of the French Open kicked off on Sunday, and two of the WTA's greatest legends - the Williams sisters - were among the winners, and comfortably in straight sets.

Venus Williams, the No.29 seed, was the first of the pair to advance, rallying from a break down in the first set to beat WTA rising star Belinda Bencic, 6-4, 6-1. Williams blasted 21 winners in the match.

"I have to give her some credit - she's improved a lot since the first time we played," Williams said of the 17-year-old Bencic. "I didn't play my first major until about 17, so I think she's a little bit ahead of me. She definitely has maybe more experience at her age than I did. I didn't play so much.

"But I think she has a great attitude, and it will take her a long way."

Serena Williams, the No.1 seed and a two-time French Open winner in 2002 and 2013, followed with a 6-2, 6-1 win over French wildcard Alizé Lim - but it wasn't as easy as the score would suggest, lasting an hour and 18 minutes and Williams was only just in the positives in winners to errors (37 to 36).

"A lot of the games went to 30-all or so - I think the games were actually pretty close," Williams said. "It was interesting. I was a little nervous, like I always am in my first rounds. It's kind of always hard for me to shake those nerves and go from there. You really just try to get through those moments."

Williams had some very kind words for Lim, too. "She's doing a lot better. She's been playing a lot. She made up her mind that she wanted to compete and be one of the best and I'm really proud of her."

Also among the marquee names in action on Day 1 were No.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who outdid Zhang Shuai, 6-3, 6-0, and No.8 seed Angelique Kerber, who beat Katarzyna Piter, 6-3, 6-1.

Radwanska debuted her Roland Garros dress in Rome a few weeks ago, and shone on the court in it on Sunday. "Everybody loved that dress," she said. "I've really had a lot of good comments about it."

Read more about the Flower dress from the Lotto Maddy Dress collection by clicking here.

Other seeds winning were No.14 seed Carla Suárez Navarro and No.31 seed Daniela Hantuchova, while No.25 seed Kaia Kanepi became the first upset victim, falling to Monica Niculescu, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.

Another noteworthy result saw Francesca Schiavone fall to Ajla Tomljanovic, 6-3, 6-3. After a very slow start to the season, Schiavone - the 2010 champion here - had been picking her results up big time during the clay court lead-up. But in the end it was just not to be for the former World No.4 this time.

Read more about Serena's win here, Radwanska's win here, Kerber's win here and Venus' win here.

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