PARIS, France - Flipping through the notebook on a steamy Day 2 at Roland Garros.
Francesca Schiavone leaves the door open on her "final" season.
The 2010 French Open champion announced earlier this year that 2017 would be her last season on tour. But after a strong run of results over the last two months, which included a title at the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogota, Colombia and a hearty challenge of reigning French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza on Monday, Schiavone said she may change her mind at the end of the season.
"You never know," Schiavone said. "For the moment, I want to live this moment, this year. I have to see how I feel physically. It's not easy to wake up and run again for six hours and push yourself. But we will see. I think after US Open I will ask to myself what I want to do.
"I don't want to say something that is not true, or yes, but I'm going to say no."
How does Ons Jabeur handle competing during Ramadan?
The 22-year-old Tunisian slipped into the main draw as a lucky loser after Laura Siegemund was forced to withdraw with injury, and she became the first Arab woman in nine years to win a main draw match at a Slam. The last Arab woman to do it? Selima Sfar, who has served as a great friend and mentor to Jabeur over her career.
One slight wrinkle to Jabeur's Roland Garros campaign? She's Muslim and the holy month of Ramadan, a month of fasting for Muslims, began last Friday. During Ramadan, Muslims cannot eat or drink liquids, including water, from dawn until sunset. Thankfully for Jabeur, there is an alternative system in place for athletes that allows them to defer their fasting to a later time.
"Unfortunately, I cannot do the Ramadan," Jabeur said. "I'm an athlete. I have to drink and I have to feed myself.
"If I eat one day, I'm actually going to catch up later by actually doing Ramadan. It's like a credit system. I'm going to eat for several days because I'm at a tournament, but I will catch up because I will have a credit with God and, hopefully, God will forgive me.
"So if I eat for two weeks, well, then I will have to do another two weeks of fasting."
Jennifer Brady's Chatrier experience.
The 22-year-old led Kristina Mladenovic 3-0 in the final set only to lose 9-7 in the third. It was a learning experience for Brady, who had never played on such a big stage against a partisan crowd.
"It makes you feel like an ant," Brady said with a laugh. "I don't think I ever played in an atmosphere like that. When she would win a point it was like somebody had a microphone into my ear. But it didn't really affect me that much. I really enjoyed it. I embraced it, and it was a lot of fun."
"At UCLA we got two people at our matches. And they were donors."
As Mladenovic mounted a third-set comeback, the crowd erupted with every point and began chanting "Kiki! Kiki! Kiki!" between points. It was an unnerving situation for the soft-spoken Pennsylvania-born Brady, but one she hopes to find herself in again.
"Yeah, it definitely is an experience, knowing that the top players aren't going to give it to you. And I know that. I think maybe a little too much where I'm like, okay, they're not going to give it to me, so maybe I have to take higher risk. But not necessarily. Just sticking to my game plan and executing."
Will Belinda Bencic pop into Paris for a visit?
The Swiss prodigy underwent surgery for her left wrist and will be out for months as she works to get back on tour. But according to her good friend Mladenovic, we may see her during the fortnight.
"Right now she's in Monaco in her place, and she's thinking to come maybe the next weekend," Mladenovic said. "It's tough for her to come here and see tennis of course where she would like to be."
Hogenkamp breaks through, speaks out
Richel Hogenkamp earned a strong win over Jelena Jankovic to earn her first win at a Slam since the US Open last year. The Dutchwoman, ranked No.105, underwent wrist surgery during the off-season, and put together a great performance to win 6-2, 7-5 to score her first win ever at Roland Garros.
Afterwards, the 25-year-old was asked about Margaret Court's decision to boycott Qantas airlines citing an opposition to same-sex marriage. Hogenkamp offered an honest take on the situation.
"Obviously she has all the right to think her own way, everybody has.
"But for me to be in this kind of position, I don't think you should be that outspoken. And for me personally, I have a girlfriend myself. So for me, obviously, I don't agree with what she's saying.
"So I think it would be a good thing to see if Australian Open can maybe change the name of the stadium, because I think if you're in that kind of position, maybe some players they don't feel so comfortable playing in a stadium named after Margaret Court."
Quote of the Day: Take it away, Francesca:
Q. Have you always loved tennis as much as it appears that you do now?
FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE: No, I hate sometimes tennis (smiling). Is a big relationship. Is a love that you have to love and then you hate sometimes. It's like when you marry someone.