Monday, May 24, 2010
(l-r) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, FRA Venus Williams, USA and Josselin Ouanna, FRA (Photos by Boris Horwat/Bertrand Guay/JulienFinney/AFP/Getty Images)
American Venus Williams turning heads on day one action with her play and her outfit. In an updated 'cancan' style, Venus took the Court Suzanne Lenglen by storm.
The key to being able to wear such an attention grabbing outfit is to assure that it does not take center stage - win your match; and Venus did just that. She defeated Switzerland's Patty Schnyder 6-3, 6-3, as pretty much expected.
Venus shared that her look was "about illusion ... a lot of my motif this year..." as it relates to her clothes design.
French top tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga didn't let the home crowd down as he hold off German Daniel Brands' strong challenge at the opening day of French Open to win the first round in five sets on Sunday. Tsonga, eighth seeded, defeated his unseeded rival in 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(2), 7-5, setting up a second-round encounter with compatriot Josselin Ouanna.
"It was a long match, but I have two days to rest. I think I should be okay," said Tsonga. "I'm happy I won. The number of guys who have won a tournament having a difficult first round or even had to save match points, I mean, that's very often the case. So, I mean, it's not a big deal."
Fellow Frenchman Josselin Ouanna took his opponent Lukasz Kubot of Poland to task in a 77-65, 64-77, 6-2, 6-4 defeat to set up a second round match with Tsonga.
How ridiculous is that? Amazing how the two are so close together in the draw where one will be immediately eliminated ... incredible.