Chinese Wang Qiang was eliminated by 10th-seeded Venus Williams 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the first round of 2017 French Open, while world No. 1 Angelique Kerber of Germany continued her lackluster performance on clay, losing to Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-2.
Said Venus: "She's going to call me 'favorite aunt'".
After Venus reached the third round with a straight-sets defeat of Kurumi Nara, 6-3, 6-1, players and former competitors including France's Natalie Dechy came over to say hello, pose for selfies and have a chat. And although Serena was absent from the draw this year, she was still present and correct on Philipp Chatrier to watch her sister play her 66th match.
Williams' backhand was particularly impressive, providing 12 of her 30 winners.
Serena chatted to her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, as Venus went about her business, possibly plotting how she might win grand slam title number 24 once she has given birth.
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In a brief statement to USA Today, Williams said she isn't overly distraught by missing this event. The rout continued for Nara as she lost her sixth successive game, getting broken after the American fired four winners in five points to get the early lead in the second set.
"I'm really glad to have made the decision to play here", said 27-year-old Kvitova, who was seriously hurt when she tackled an armed intruder at her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov in December. "I thought I missed a few, but apparently not", Williams said with a smile.
"I know it's going to be emotional for quite some time". "I was just hanging in there, being aggressive and waiting for my moment".
The women's game is notorious for its lack of consistency in the top seeds, with Williams completely dominating but absent here, and upsets are pretty much par for the course. Before that, he faces a potential hard match-up against Juan Martin del Potro in the third round if the Argentine player recovers in time from shoulder and back problems.
First of all, the athlete referred to the baby as a "she", so, yeah, Serena is definitely having a girl.
Venus is two years older than Serena, but Venus has still carved out her own piece of the pie at the urging of their father, Richard Williams.