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PARIS---The young Federer sisters were in the
stands watching daddy win his opening match
at the French Open, and the Williams sisters
were on separate courts yesterday ensuring their
Roger Federer had little trouble beating Lukas
Lacko of Slovakia 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. As soon as he
finished, Serena Williams took over on Court
Philippe Chatrier, the main stadium at Roland
Garros, and beat Alize Lim 6-2, 6-1.
Over on Court Suzanne Lenglen, Venus
Williams was also playing, and winning. The
older Williams sibling defeated Belinda Bencic
"I definitely feel like I m proud of her, but at
the same time I want her to keep going and do
better and do more and do more," the 32-year-
old Serena said of her big sister. "And then our
relationship, we have just grown older, we are
still really close. It s evolved, where it s evolved,
I think in a good way."
Serena, the defending champion, could meet
Venus in the third round if both get through their
The French Open is only Federer s third clay-
court tournament this season. He reached the
final in Monte Carlo but missed the Madrid tour-
nament when his second set of twins, boys Leo
and Lenny, was born.
His first match after their birth was a loss in
On Sunday, with the clay court hard and damp
due to days of rain and overcast skies, the fourth-
seeded Federer was back to himself, winning five
of his 11 break points.
"I was happy seeing, getting early signs out
of the match that I was actually playing well and
I was going to get my chances I was looking for,"
Federer said. "My personal life, as we know, it s
all great, so I m happy the family is here."
Federer s twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene
Riva, will turn 5 in July. They were sitting in Fed-
erer s box along with his wife Mirka at the start.
The French Open is the only Grand Slam tour-
nament to start on Sunday, and Federer played
the second match on centre court.
"I wasn t nervous, actually, going into the
match. It s more just like those hints of fear,
maybe yesterday, maybe this morning at one
point, just for like five seconds, Oh, I really hope
I don t have to pack my bags today, that kind
of feeling," Federer said.
Eighth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada also
advanced, beating Nick Kyrgios of Australia 6-
3, 7-6 (1), 6-3.
Raonic is the youngest man in the top 10 of
the tennis rankings, and Kyrgios was the youngest
man in this year s French Open draw at 19.
"I was a bit nervous going out in the first set.
That s normal, I think," said Kyrgios, a former
top-ranked junior player who won the junior
Australian Open in 2013.
Other men s winners included No 6 Tomas
Berdych of the Czech Republic, No 10 John Isner
of the United States, No 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
of France, No 15 Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, No
22 Jerzy Janowicz of Poland, No 31 Dmitry Tur-
sunov of Russia and Radek Stepanek of the Czech
Serena Williams dictated most points in her
match against Lim, a wild-card entry from France.
The top-seeded Serena is a 17-time major
champion who was facing a woman making her
Grand Slam debut. Still, there was a bit of shak-
iness from the 32-year-old American as she served
out the final game, erasing four break points and
needing five match points to close things.
"I was a little nervous, like I always am in my
first round," Serena said. "It s kind of always hard
for me to shake those nerves and go from there."
With the victory, Serena improved to 54-1 in
first-round matches at majors. The only loss
came at the 2012 French Open against 111th-
ranked Virginie Razzano.
Also, Agnieszka Radwanska was able to reach
the second round---once she got a handle on her
Radwanska and Zhang Shuai traded breaks in
the opening seven games of their match, but the
third-seeded Pole finally held and won the final
nine games to become the first player to reach
the second round, winning 6-3, 6-0.
"So many breaks in a row," said Radwanska,
who blamed her struggles on the wet court.
No 14 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain and 31
Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia also advanced.
No 25 Kaia Kanepi of Estonia lost to Monica
Niculescu of Romania 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.
Switzerland's Roger Federer serves the ball during
the first round match of the French Open tennis
tournament against Slovakia's Lukas Lacko at the
Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, yesterday.
at French Open PARIS---Roger Federer is known
for his calm and poise, and for
winning a whopping 17 Grand
But if you want to get him flus-
tered, just stare at his nose.
"I don t like it when they come
too close," Federer said yesterday
about the cameras at tennis tour-
naments. "Not necessarily the Spi-
dercam, but the cameraman him-
self, when I feel like he s just
filming my nose or something."
Another issue is when the cam-
eras get close as Federer is changing
shirts during a match.
"It s not like because I like to do
that, but it s because I have to,"
Federer said. "And then it s like
that focus, I feel like it s a bit odd,
you know, Who is that guy con-
trolling the camera? I don t know.
Is he a weirdo or not? I don t know.
That s probably why."
The cameras will surely be
focused on him again at this year s
French Open because Federer
advanced to the second round by
beating Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-
2, 6-4, 6-2.
Back to business: After nearly 20
years as a professional tennis play-
er, Venus Williams is going back
The seven-time Grand Slam
champion said she was taking busi-
ness classes at Indiana University
East, focusing her spare time on
"I just thought it would help me
out in terms of just being more
well-rounded with my design busi-
nesses," Williams said after winning
her opening match at the French
Open. "And I was in school a while,
but I had to take some time off
because my health went down. I
didn t have the energy to do every-
"So now I m back and I m going
to close it out, you know, like you re
at 5-1 in the third."
Helping 'Kimye' celebrate: Serena
Williams said she s been keeping
up with reality TV star Kim Kar-
dashian, helping her pal celebrate
before her nuptials.
Williams said after opening the
defence of her French Open title
with a straight-set victory that she
"went to a few of the festivities"
in France---including "dinner in
Versailles and stuff"---that led up
to Kardashian s wedding in Italy
on Saturday to rapper Kanye West.
Asked if she had fun, Williams
replied: "Always fun with Kim."
Hello, my name is...: Tomas
Berdych might not wear his heart
on his sleeve, but he wears his
Berdych sported a blue track suit
that had "Tomas Berdych" in white
lettering along the arms and legs
when he showed up for post-match
interviews after winning his first
French Open match yesterday.
It wasn t the 2010 Wimbledon
runner-up s only original sartorial
choice. During his 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
victory over Canada s Peter Polan-
sky, the sixth-seeded Berdych wore
a blue flower-print shirt---not the
typical attire for a Grand Slam ten-
"Everyone wears the same and
everyone looks the same," Berdych
said. "So this is something differ-
ent, which I like."
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