Venus Williams hints sister Serena is expecting a baby girl

Venus Williams opens play at French Open on Day 4

Seeded 10th here, Williams ground her Japanese opponent into the red Parisian dust in a contest that at times nearly veered into miss-match territory before ending 6-3 6-1.

She certainly can, especially in the absence of younger sister Serena and Sharapova, winners of four of the past five French Open titles.

Like Serena's Snapchat, there's a chance that Venus revealing she will soon be an aunt to a baby girl was also an accident. However, clay is not her best surface. She generates attention and wins more than her share of trophies - the Australian Open championship in January, while she already was expecting, was her 23rd at a Slam.

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. Mertens has split her last six matches on clay court.

Defending champion and No. 4 seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain held on to beat Anett Kontaveit Estonia 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 to reach the third round.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's French Open hopes vanished into thin air on Wednesday when he was sent packing in the first round with a 7-5 6-4 6-7 (6) 6-4 defeat against Argenitine Renzo Olivo on Wednesday. At No. 86, Boserup is just one place off her career-high ranking, and even in Kvitova's pomp, consistency was never her strong point - so anything is possible.

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Kerber was defeated in the first round by unseeded Kiki Bertens 12 months ago and has yet to get past the quarterfinal.

"No, look, that's a great thing". "I did see (Serena) at some point, but I don't remember when it was".

Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN.

"I know we are all trying and everyone is turning over every rock we can fine to get the most out of it and get into the second week". "I'm going to try and give it my best". "We can use that experience and, yeah, hopefully I can use everything and have another good tournament here". It was touch and go whether it would finish the same night at all.

Michael Venus along with Artem Sitak and Marcus Daniell is in ther doubles draw at Roland Garros.

Schiavone's words, then, provided a powerful message. For, as Williams said in Miami earlier this year, she is "going to leave everything on the court - all my guts, blood, sweat, tears".

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