Defending champion Serena Williams defeated Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan in straight sets late last night. Date-Krumm, at 42 the oldest woman on the tour, put up a decent fight and it took Williams 35 minutes to take the first set. But she raced away with the second to take the match 6-2 6-0 in 61 minutes.
The second day of action
Perhaps it had all been too good to be true. In the absence of the injured Andy Murray, the stage had been set for Laura Robson to become the focal point of British attention here at the French Open, but for once the 19-year-old failed to deliver. While a 6-3, 6-2 defeat by Caroline Wozniacki was a fair reflection of the two players' rankings – the 22-year-old Dane sits 27 places higher than the Briton at No 10 in the world – there could be no escaping the sense that this was a missed opportunity.
For a player who loves nothing better than to topple the biggest names at the biggest tournaments, Laura Robson was yesterday handed the perfect draw for the French Open, which begins in Paris tomorrow.
Laura Robson has not enjoyed the best of times since her stunning victory over Petra Kvitova in the Australian Open in January but the 19-year-old Briton showed great resilience to win her opening match in Madrid. Despite losing the first set to Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova, Robson recovered to beat the world No 48 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.
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Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha will not give up their positions at the top without a fight, but the Aegon International at Eastbourne is witnessing a changing of the guard in British women's tennis.
Caroline Wozniacki's troubles continue.
Victoria Azarenka has won all her 17 matches this year, but the season is already taking its toll on the new world No 1. Having injured an ankle en route to winning the Qatar Open last weekend, the Australian Open champion today pulled out of the Dubai Duty Free Championships here just hours before she was due to play her first match, against Julia Goerges.
Britain's Andy Murray will attempt to continue his autumn winning run in Roger Federer's hometown tournament of Basle next week. Murray (right), who has just replaced the Swiss at No 3 in the world rankings after winning his last three tournaments, has taken a wild card into the tournament. A highly competitive field includes Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and Tomas Berdych.
Kim Clijsters blamed a loss of confidence for her shock second-round defeat by Arantxa Rus at the French Open today.
It's been nearly a year since Francesca Schiavone dropped down to kiss the clay court following her memorable French Open victory.
Maria Sharapova has reached the last 16, but on the evidence of this match – against a dogged unseeded opponent – she will have to up her game when she meets the defending champion, Serena Williams, in the next round. The Russian is recovering her form after the shoulder surgery in 2008 that necessitated the rebuilding of her serve, but had a stuttering start to her match against the Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and opened with a double fault.