Top seed Serena Williams played against the on the rise French player, wild carded Caroline Garcia, who is ranked at 116. Williams defeated Anna Tatishvilli in the first round with the loss of just one game, while her opponent defeated the Ukrainian qualifier Yuliya Beygelzimer, also in straight sets. In this match, although Williams won 6-1 6-2 in two minutes over the hour, Garcia played really well. She has great shots and is very fast around the court; and she got some good points against arguably the world’s best player, but could not string them together in the first set. In the second set she got to 2-3 and it seemed that the set would be close, but Williams upped her game and did not let her win another game.
14th seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic took on Mathilde Johansson of France in front of a very empty Court Suzanne Lenglen with dark clouds overhead. The Serb took the first set 6-2 in just twenty eight minutes, but Johansson took the first two games of the second set with some fine forehands which flew past Ivanovic. Ivanovic then changed tactics and went for Johansson’s backhand and won the next four games to take the set 6-4.
Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano produced the shock of the 2012 French Open when she knocked out Serena Williams in the first round. This year, ranked at 187 and wild carded into the tournament, she beat another wild card, Claire Feuerstein, in the first round in straight sets and the qualifier from Slovakia, Zuzana Kucova, 4-6 6-2 6-0 in just over two and a quarter hours to book her place in the third round.
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