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Serena stutters through

2010-05-24 20:16

Paris - Serena Williams wore the first of seven dresses at the French Open on Monday, but her first-round match proved no catwalk as the world number one stuttered past Swiss Stefanie Voegele 7-6 6-2.

The 2002 Paris champion stooped and clenched her fist as she saw off three break points en route to a 7-2 win in the first set tiebreak after struggling to break her opponent's serve.

"I definitely didn't feel good about it. At least I won. I think I'm still in the tournament, that's what matters," Serena told reporters.

World number 76 Voegele, egged on by the crowd on Court Philippe Chatrier, lost her composure in the second set as Serena ended the contest with a routine volley after an hour and 21 minutes.

She will next face German Julia Goerges.

"A different day, a better game; a different day, a different game. That's how I think about it," said Serena.

A different dress as well.

"I always have seven outfits for singles and six for doubles," she said.

"I just wear them once, like everything else. I only wear things once."

Singles Results:


Men - First Round

Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Spain, def. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.
Stanislas Wawrinka (20), Switzerland, def. Jan Hajek, Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.
John Isner (17), United States, def. Andrey Golubev, Kazakhstan, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.
Olivier Rochus, Belgium, def. Benoit Paire, France, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-5.
Taylor Dent, United States, def. Nicolas Lapentti, Ecuador, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
Andreas Beck, Germany, def. Paolo Lorenzi, Italy, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
Lukas Lacko, Slovakia, def. Michael Yani, United States, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 12-10.
Julian Reister, Germany, def. Feliciano Lopez (27), Spain, 6-1, 7-6 (5), 6-2.
Tomas Berdych (15), Czech Republic, def. Jorge Aguilar, Chile, 7-6 (7), 6-3, 6-1.
Roger Federer (1), Switzerland, def. Peter Luczak, Australia, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.
Novak Djokovic (3), Serbia, def. Evgeny Korolev, Kazakhstan, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Pablo Andujar, Spain, def. Simone Bolelli, Italy, 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-2.
Marcos Baghdatis (25), Cyprus, def. Jesse Witten, United States, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.
Carsten Ball, Australia, def. Philipp Petzschner, Germany, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 7-5, 9-7.
Leonardo Mayer, Argentina, def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-2.
Viktor Troicki, Serbia, def. Tommy Robredo (21), Spain, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
Marcel Granollers, Spain, def. Paul-Henri Mathieu, France, 3-6, 6-3, 3-0, retired.
Kei Nishikori, Japan, def. Santiago Giraldo, Colombia, 2-6, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-4.
Steve Darcis, Belgium, def. Kristof Vliegen, Belgium, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

Women - First Round

Caroline Wozniacki (3), Denmark, def. Alla Kudryavtseva, Russia, 6-0, 6-3.
Arantxa Parra Santonja, Spain, def. Kurumi Nara, Japan, 6-2, 6-2.
Lucie Safarova (24), Czech Republic, def. Jelena Dokic, Australia, 6-2, 6-2.
Li Na (11), China, def. Kristina Mladenovic, France, 7-5, 6-3.
Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain, def. Melanie Oudin, United States, 7-5, 6-2.
Stephanie Cohen-Aloro, France, def. Stephanie Dubois, Canada, 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3.
Tathiana Garbin, Italy, def. Kristina Barrois, Germany, 1-6, 7-6 (7), 6-3.
Elena Dementieva (5), Russia, def. Petra Martic, Croatia, 6-1, 6-1.
Kateryna Bondarenko (32), Ukraine, def. Julie Coin, France, 6-1, 6-2.
Aleksandra Wozniak, Canada, def. Iveta Benesova, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-3.
Polona Hercog, Slovenia, def. Misaki Doi, Japan, 6-3, 6-0.
Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland, def. Tatjana Malek, Germany, 6-2, 6-3.
Sophie Ferguson, Australia, def. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Julia Goerges, Germany, def. Melinda Czink, Hungary, 6-2, 6-3.
Roberta Vinci, Italy, def. Virginie Razzano, France, 7-5, 6-2.
Francesca Schiavone (17), Italy, def. Regina Kulikova, Russia, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
Serena Williams (1), United States, def. Stefanie Voegele, Switzerland, 7-6 (2), 6-2.
Agnieszka Radwanska (8), Poland, def. Elena Baltacha, Britain, 6-0, 7-5.
Ana Ivanovic, Serbia, def. Chang Kai-chen, Taiwan, 6-3, 6-3.

Reuters