The first day of the second round of the 2011 French Open has come to a close and all the big names advanced into the third round. A couple of the high seeds in the women's draw had some difficulty but they managed to move on. Novak Djokovic won his 41st straight match and 39th of 2011 as Victor Hanescu was forced to retire in the third set, trailing 6-4, 6-1. Djokovic advances to face No. 25 seed Juan Martin Del Potro.
Third seeded Roger Federer also advanced in straight sets and will face No. 29 Janko Tipsarevic. The highest ranked Frenchman Gael Monfils (No. 9) advanced in four sets and will face Belgian Steve Darcis in the third round. After seeing some lower ranked players knocked out in the first round, the second round has focused in on the dominance of seeded players. You can view completed men's results at rolandgarros.com.
On the women's side, Carolina Wozniacki advanced with a straight sets victory over Aleksandra Wozniak and will face Daniela Hantuchova in the third round. The biggest scare involved third seeded Vera Zvonareva in her match with unranked Sabine Lisicki. Zvonareva dropped the first set and trailed in the second set. However, she rallied back to win the second set 7-5 and then squeaked out victory with a 7-5 victory in the third set. She'll face Anastasia Rodionova in the third round. You can view completed women's results at rolandgarros.com.
The second round continues tomorrow with a variety of intriguing matchups. Top seed Rafael Nadal, fourth seeded Andy Murray, and Bay Area native Sam Querrey are all in action on the men's side. On the women's side, second seeded Kim Clijsters, fourth seeded Victoria Azarenka, and fifth seeded Robin Soderling are all in action.
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