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French Open - day one as it happened


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By Chris Bevan

1730: Right then, time for me to say cheerio. Thanks for keeping me company, and don't forget you can watch highlights of day one from Roland Garros on the Red Button and this website (in the UK) at 2200 BST tonight and on BBC Two at 0130 BST on Monday. David Ornstein will take you through day two, and I'm back for more later in the week. Until then, adios.

1725: Play is still going on at Roland Garros, but I am going to call it a day with my live text commentary. Before I do, here's a reminder of what we can look forward to on Monday: defending women's champion Francesca Schiavone is first up on Philippe Chatrier, against Melanie Oudin, followed immediately afterwards by Novak Djokovic against Thiemo De Bakker and then Roger Federer against Feliciano Lopez. A pretty tasty line-up, that, and all of it is on the red button and BBC website in the UK, where you can also watch Heather Watson versus Stephanie Foretz Gacon. Anne Keothavong is also in action, first up on Court 16 against Vesna Dolonts, but Rafael Nadal, like Andy Murray and Elena Baltacha, has to wait until Tuesday.
1715: So, Julia Goerges will play another rising star Lucie Safarova in round two. There might be fireworks there, and hopefully some of that stardust Jonathan Overend was talking about earlier too.

The match is over
1714: Mind you, Mathilde Johansson is racking up the double faults too. Two in a row leave her 15-40 down, and she crumples completely to complete an unwanted hat-trick and gift Julia Goerges a place in round two. The German completes a 6-1 6-4 victory.

1709: It's been interesting to see Julia Goerges take centre stage on Philippe Chatrier, and how she copes with the pressure. The answer? Pretty well, actually... but her serve is still letting her down occasionally. A couple of mistakes let Mathilde Johansson in to break back, and we are back on serve in the second set.

1706: The end is nigh for Mathilde Johansson, although she has made a fight of it. Julia Goerges breaks again to go 6-1 5-3 up and she is serving for the match...

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Teixeira beat Millot in 50-game 1st round Roland Garros match. Record for most games in 1st rnd French Open match is 71: Lacko-Yani in 2010."

1700: That's more like it from Julia Goerges, who seems to have recovered from that little wobble. Either that or she has adjusted her game to take into account of the wind on Chatrier. She breaks back to level at 3-3 in the second set.

BBC Sport's Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "Julia Georges has the potential to sprinkle some stardust on the women's game. A monster forehand. Needs more consistency though."

1654: Mathilde Johansson is still a break up on Julia Goerges at 3-2 in the second set but let's have a quick look around the courts. On Court One, Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2009 French Open champion, took the first set 6-2 against Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova. Over on Suzanne Lenglen, Julian Benneteau hit back in the second set against Portugal's Rui Machado, taking it 6-1 to level that one at one-set apiece.

The match is over
1646: Ah. Things went rapidly downhill for Jelena Dokic in the deciding set of her match with Vera Dushevina. The Russian won 4-6 6-3 6-2.

1636: Since I called her forehand 'gorgeous', not a lot has gone right for Julia Goerges on Chatrier. Mathilde Johansson ended a six-game losing streak, then broke the German to lead 2-1 in the second set. Maybe this one won't be over as quickly as I thought...

British doubles player Colin Fleming on Twitter " @k_skupski and I are sharing a room but we've agreed not to say a single word to one another till the match."

BBC Sport's Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "Entertaining story that @k_skupski and @colin_fleming - former doubles partners - are sharing a hotel room. They play each other in R1."

1628: Wowzers, Julia Goerges is well worth watching. She has got a gorgeous forehand, for one, and it is far too hot for Swedish-born Frenchwoman Mathilde Johansson right now. Johansson, like compatriot Julian Benneteau (who is currently in action against Portugal's Rui Machado on Suzanne Lenglen) lives in a flat down the road from Roland Garros. They have something else in common too: they are both a set down.

1621: Julia Goerges is clearly in a hurry because she ran away with that first set against Mathilde Johansson, breaking again to win it 6-1. By the looks of things, Goerges will be playing the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova in round two after the she thumped Kirsten Flipkens 6-1 6-1. Looks like this will be the only chance to use my 'Flipkens Heck' 'joke' this fortnight, so I'd better use it... sorry!

1617: Sore wrist or not, Jelena Dokic is definitely hanging tough (apologies if the New Kids On The Block tune pops into your head) against Vera Dushevina. Dokic took the first set 6-4 but the Russian replied to level by taking the second 6-3. Dokic is just about to serve at the start of the decider.

1613: Did I say Julia Goerges was feeling her way into this match? Erm, not any more. Goerges leads 5-1, and is showing off her big groundstrokes to devastating effect.

The match is over
1612: Stanislas Wawrinka is safely through after that early scare against Augustin Gensse, triumphing 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-2. Stan, who reached the fourth round in Paris last year for the first time before bowing out, will play Thomas Schoorel or Maximo Gonzalez next.

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "Goerges, on Chatrier now, told me last week: "We shouldn't think about winning a Grand Slam when I've never reached the 2nd week before."

1603: Well, Julia Goerges has broken Mathilde Johansson, but has been a bit fortunate (again) to hold on to her own serve. The German is currently 3-1 up, but still getting used to the swirling wind and feeling her way into this match.

1601: I bring news of Monday's live schedule on the red button and this website. You can watch Melanie Oudin v Francesca Schiavone, Thiemo de Bakker v Novak Djokovic and Feliciano Lopez v Roger Federer from Philippe Chatrier, before checking out Britain's Heather Watson, who is fourth on Court Seven. It might be worth cancelling any plans you had previously made.

The match is over
1555: We've seen our first seeds fall today, so what about our first five-set match? Yep, we can tick that box too. Maxime Teixeira came out on top in an all-French clash with Vincent Millot on Court Three, triumphing 6-2 5-7 6-7 (7-4) 6-4 6-1 in a real see-saw battle lasting a shade under four hours. Teixeira will play either Feliciano Lopez or Roger Federer in round two.

1552: Julia Goerges seems to struggling a bit on serve at the moment, but it is still very early days in that one. Elsewhere, Stan Wawrinka has recovered from dropping the first set against France's Augustin Gensse and now leads 4-6 6-3 6-4 4-1. Not long to go in that one, by the looks of things.

1545: Germany, understandbly, has struggled to fill the large footsteps left by Steffi Graf and Boris Becker since their retirement at the end of the 1990s, but the signs are a new generation is about emerge in their place. Our very own Piers Newbery caught up with Julia Goerges in the run-up to the French Open about her ambitions, and those of compatriot Andrea Petkovic. "We've never reached what Steffi has achieved in her career so we just try to get a little bit closer," 22-year-old Goerges told BBC Sport. "We'll never reach it, she will be forever the legend and it's tough for us, but I think right now we're doing a pretty good job."

New York Times tennis correspondent Christopher Clarey on Twitter: "Quick chat with @darren_cahill this morning. Said he's focusing on TV work during French Open & will not be helping to coach @andy_murray

1537: We will head onwards and upwards, though. Next up on Philippe Chatrier is German 17th seed Julia Goerges, facing France's Mathilde Johansson. Remember, you can watch that match live on the red button or on the BBC website in the UK.

1534: That comprehensive straight-sets defeat means poor old Ernests Gulbis has now lost in the first round of his last six Grand Slams. His career is going backwards, not forwards, at the moment.

The match is over
1528: While I am catching up with a few results, here's news of Ernests Gulbis, who had a miserable time against Blaz Kavcic, winning just seven games. The Slovenian will play Juan Martin Del Potro or Ivo Karlovic next, so is likely to have a much harder time of things then.

The match is over
1526: And Jelena Jankovic is through to round two too. She eased past Alona Bondarenko 6-3 6-1 and will play the winner of Jelena Dokic and Vera Dushevina.

The match is over
1525: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wraps up his one-sided 6-3 6-2 6-2 win over Jan Hajek, courtesy of a fortune net-cord on the last point. Not sure he really needed much luck to get through today, though, so he might prefer to have saved that for a future match.

1514: Japan's Kei Nishikori, who has been working with Andy Murray's ex-coach Brad Gilbert, on the reasons for his improvement on clay after he strolled into round two: "He's teaching me a lot about clay, to use more lobs and slices. This year I have played well on the red clay on Europe. I have faced more clay court players and am getting more confidence."

1512: A bit more on Monday's order of play now... defending women's champion Francesca Schiavone is first up on Philippe Chatrier, against Melanie Oudin, followed immediately afterwards by Novak Djokovic against Thiemo De Bakker and then Roger Federer against Feliciano Lopez. A pretty tasty line-up, that. Rafael Nadal, like Andy Murray, will have to wait until Tuesday.

The match is over
A shock result
1507: And here's another shock. Israel's Shahar Peer, the women's 19th seed, has been dumped out 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 by Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. What with Marin Cilic tumbling too, it's not been a particularly good day for 19th seeds facing Spanish outsiders, all in all. MJMS has not just got a long name, though, she has got a bit of previous on clay, having won the Italian Open last year.

1501: Oh dear. I'm hearing that Jelena Dokic is having problems with her right wrist early in her match with Vera Dushevina on Court Two, although the Australian is playing on at the moment. Nothing wrong with Jelena Jankovic, though, she is 6-3 4-1 up against Alona Bondarenko.

It's good news for a Briton
1452: The order of play for Monday has just been announced, on Twitter anyway. I'll start with news of some Brits: Anne Keothavong against Vesna Dolonts is first up on Court 16 at 1000 BST, while Heather Watson versus Stephanie Foretz Gacon is fourth on Court 7. Andy Murray and Elena Baltacha will play on Tuesday.

1450: Have I mentioned yet that my personal favourite tennis shot is the drive volley (when used sparingly, obviously, doing it all the time would just be silly)? Anyway, Jan Hajek just missed one, giving Jo-Wilfried Tsonga the second set. He now leads 6-3 6-2. As for Ernests Gulbis? He now trails by two sets, with Blaz Kavcic 6-1 6-4 up. And Stanislas Wawrinka is level at a set-apiece with French, er, non-prospect Augustin Gensse.

BBC Sport's Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "Verdict on the Babolat balls, replacing Dunlop this year: harder yet lighter, fly like in altitude, particularly in 1st 2 games of use."

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Marin Cilic (19) first seed to fall at Roland Garros. Last year 5 seeded players lost in 1st round men's singles. Roland Garros record is 9 in 2007."

1438: Last year's runner-up Sam Stosur, who breezed through her first-round match against Iveta Benesova earlier today, on her hopes in Paris this year: "I don't think I have to necessarily prove anything. I think having made semis and a final, I think that kind of proves that I have been able to back it up and it wasn't a fluke the first time. Of course I'd love to go a little bit further this year, but I think it's more just wanting to achieve that rather than I have to do it because of X, Y, and Z."

1434: You know, I almost forgot to wish Novak Djokovic and Jurgen Melzer a happy birthday. Djoko turned 24 today, Melzer is now 30. I doubt that either of them will be partying too heavily tonight, mind.

The match is over
1428: Results time: Lucky loser Marc Gicquel is out, again, and this time for good. Albert Montanes made short work of Lleyton Hewitt's late, late replacement, despatching him 6-4 6-4 6-2. Montanes will play fellow Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo next, while compatriot Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, the 30th seed, is also through after a bit of a battle with Bobby Kendrick of the US. Garcia Lopez eventually triumphed 6-1 7-5 4-6 6-3.

1426: Ah, it turns out Augustin Gensse (see 1418) is 27, not 18. Which makes him rather less of a prospect, really. Shame.

1420: Jelena Jankovic, a semi-finalist here last year and in 2007 and 2008, has just begun her 2011 campaign against Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko on Suzanne Lenglen. Tenth seed Jankovic leads 3-2, on serve.

1418: Oooh. Potentially another shock unfolding on Court One, where 18-year-old French prospect Augustin Gensse has taken the first set 6-4 against Swiss 14th seed Stanislas Wawrinka. Gensse is ranked 178th in the world and this is his first match in the main draw of a Grand Slam. Let's not get too carried away with thoughts of an upset, though, because Stan is 3-0 up in the second set.

1414: Tsonga serves for the set at 5-3 but offers a big chance for Jan Hajek to break back at 30-40 when his approach clips the net cord. Hajek goes for the backhand passing shot down the line but is wildly off target, letting the Frenchman off the hook, and a couple of huge forehands give him the first set.

Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter: "Ernests Gulbis' virus obviously worse than we thought. He's getting a pounding from Blaz Kavcic."

1403: News of another up-and-coming player in action today, Ernests Gulbis, and it is not good if you are a fan of the Latvian. He has just lost the first set 6-1 to Slovenian Blaz Kavcic, and has been broken to love in the first game of the second set. Ouch.

1357: I feel a bit sorry for Jan Hajek out on Chatrier. He looks a tiny bit out of his depth against Jo-Wilried Tsonga, who is smashing down big serve after big serve and holding with ease. Hajek is battling to stay in the first set, and has just produced a blistering forehand passing shot down the line to reply at 40-0 but, generally, the gap in quality between the two players is pretty big. Tsonga leads 5-2 in the first set.

1352: They are only using eight courts at Roland Garros today, hence it is fairly quiet, but there IS some other stuff going on. Defending women's champion Francesca Schiavone had a brief press conference earlier, where the 30-year-old Italian answered only two questions in English. Asked about her thoughts about this tournament starting on Sunday rather than Monday like the other three Grand Slams, Schiavone said: "There is no choice from the players. It's business or some decision from higher than us." And on her hopes of defending her title? "Some of the fans said to me: 'Give us another trophy'". And that's yer lot...

1348: Just a reminder of how to get in touch today. I'm Chris Bevan, and you can tweet me at @chrisbevan_bbc using the hashtag #BBCTennis please. Or feel free to text me via 81111 (UK) instead.

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1343: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is making a few mistakes, but then so his opponent Jan Hajek... who has just made a right mess of his service game. Tsonga breaks to lead 3-1 in the first set. Elsewhere, lucky loser Marc Gicquel, who got a last-minute call to arms when Lleyton Hewitt pulled out injured this morning, is having a tough time of things on Suzanne Lenglen. Spain's Albert Montanes is 6-4 6-4 4-1 ahead and cruising.

1333: More on these new Babolat balls at Roland Garros, which are faster than the old ones by the sounds of things. That suits Andy Murray, but he still isn't completely happy: "I practised with it in London before I came over here. I don't have a problem with the ball, the ball probably helps me, the ball is quite fast. But I would just rather we played with the same ball throughout the clay-court stretch and the same throughout the hard-court stretch. It happens in the States as well. At the US Open they play with Wilson, and at the hard-court events in the build-up they use Penn. I just think for the players' joints, your wrist, elbow and shoulder, it makes sense to stick with the same ball."

The match is over
1328: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is up and running, but had a bit of struggle before seeing out the first game on his serve, with the wind out on Chatrier making things more than a tad tricky. Here's another result for you, too: Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky beat France's David Guez 6-7 (9-7) 6-3 6-3 6-3. The 31st seed plays Japan's Kei Nishikori in round two.

1323: A little bit more on Marin Cilic's conqueror Ruben Ramirez Hildago. The Spaniard reached the fourth round of the French Open in 2006 in his only other appearance in the main draw in Paris, but had lost in the first round of his other 11 Grand Slams (three times each in Australia and Wimbledon, and five times at the US). A rare win for him today, then. That won't make Cilic feel much better.

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The match is over
A shock result
1313: Ah. There was talk of a Marin Cilic fightback over on Court 7 but, by the time I switched over, it was all over. The Croat, seeded 19th, fought back from 4-1 down to make a game of the third set against Ruben Ramirez Hildago, but ended up losing 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-4. Cilic becomes the first seed to fall at this year's tournament, and a pretty big shock too, even though Ramirez Hildago is one of the Spanish contingent who are always a big threat on the red stuff.

1308: David Ferrer will play France's Julien Benneteau or Portugal's Rui Machado in round two. Coming up next on Philippe Chatrier (and the red button and this website in the UK) is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga versus Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic. I'm a big fan of Tsonga... hopefully he can kickstart his season in the next few days.

The match is over
1304: Well, Jarkko Nieminen avoided the third-set bagel but it didn't take the Spanish seventh seed long to, er, finish off the Finn. Nieminen fires a backhand wide on the first of David Ferrer's three match-points and he completes an impressive 6-3 6-3 6-1 win. "A Spanish masterclass," says Sam Smith on the red button.

The match is over
1253: Lots of women's results so far, but here's the first man to win through. Japan's Kei Nishikori has completed a one-sided 6-1 6-3 6-4 win over Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan, and he will play France's David Guez or (probably) Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky next. Stakhovsky currently leads 6-7 (9-7) 6-3 6-3 4-0.

1250: David Ferrer is still well on top against Jarkko Nieminen, mind, and is even coming into the net now too... putting away a forehand volley to seal a brilliantly-crafted point and break the Finn yet again. The Spanish seventh seed now leads 6-3 6-3 2-0. It probably won't be long until Nieminen gets a chance to do a spot of sightseeing...

1248: Things are not getting any better for Marin Cilic. In fact, they are going horribly wrong, and very quickly. He now trails Ruben Ramirez Hildago 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 4-1, and is on course to collect the unwanted statistic of being on the wrong end of the first big shock of this year's French Open. All this on the first Sunday too.

1245: Speaking of Elena Baltacha, the British number one will be writing a regular column throughout the summer. She seems to know what to expect from Sloane Stephens, having hit with her a couple of months ago: "It was clear then that she has loads of promise and she can strike the ball very big. It's a matter of whether she can do that consistently against me, which is usually something that young players struggle with. I've spent enough time at this level now not to worry any more about being the one who is expected to win."

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "Just had a chat with @ElenaBaltacha who says, "I'm more relaxed and confident on clay than ever." Sloane Stephens in R1, possibly Tuesday."

1237: Back on Philippe Chatrier and David Ferrer is wearing Jarkko Nieminen down, breaking him for the first time in the second set to lead 6-3 4-3. Commentating on the red button, John Lloyd can only see one eventual outcome if things stay the same: "There is just not enough variety in Nieminen's game and Ferrer is eating him for breakfast. This is a walk in the park for Ferrer at the moment but Nieminen will keep digging in hoping something will change. He needs to get into Ferrer's serve because he has not got near to breaking him yet."

The match is over
1233: Another women's result for you: Canada's Rebecca Marino is also into round two, seeing off Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko 6-3 6-3.

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From Dan in Leicester, via text: "May not be the most enthralling day of tennis but a big seed in the shape of Cilic already in huge trouble."

Cilic is seeded 19th but, while Ramirez Hildago is only ranked 99th in the world, I probably don't have to tell you that he is an expert on clay. Or do I?

World number four Victoria Azarenka on Twitter: "Done with training for the day! Good 2 and a half hours early morning and now I can relax and rest. Had a hit with Jie Zheng."

1221: Croatia's Marin Cilic has reached the fourth round here on his last two visits but he is in a spot of bother against Ruben Ramirez Hildago. The Spaniard leads 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. Work to do for Cilic there, and lots of it.

1215: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the favourites but Andy Murray fancies his chances of making an impact in Paris too, after his good form on clay in the last few weeks. What's behind his results? A change of approach, it seems: "I have been more patient in the rallies," Murray said. "When I play Djokovic and Rafa, there's a lot of long rallies. I think a lot of people think when you play against them on clay you need to hit through them and shorten the points. "It really doesn't work on clay. You need to stay with them, take your chances to go for the shots at the right time and not bail out of rallies early. And make them do some running, too."

1214: You probably heard that Andy Murray had a bit of an injury scare last week, but the British number one is fully fit as he prepares for his first-round match with French qualifier Eric Prodon.

1211: Yep, no stopping David Ferrer right now. He pulls out a couple of big serves and that is the first set in the bag: 6-3 (blame my fat fingers for getting the score wrong just then).

1208: Credit to Jarkko Nieminen, he is giving everything against David Ferrer, and trying to keep the rallies as short as possible. It's not a tactic that is working too well, though, because the Spaniard is serving for the first set at 5-3... and his forehand is looking in excellent shape.

1207: 'What's going on around the courts?' I hear you ask. Or at least I hope you ask. Japan's Kei Nishikori is rattling through his match with Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan, leading 6-1 6-3, although he is a break down in the third set. It's rather closer over on Court One, where France's David Guez is battling with Ukranian Sergiy Stakhovsky. Guez took the first set 7-6 (9-7) but Stakhovsky replied to take the second 6-3, and leads by a break and 2-1 in the third.

Former British number one and world number four Greg Rusedski on Twitter: "The new Babolat balls at the French Open are going thru the air like rockets. Will help Nadal with his massive top-spin."

1158: By the way, did you know they are using a different, heavier, ball at Roland Garros this year, made by Babolat rather than Dunlop. I'd be using that as an excuse for a defeat, myself, but then I have blamed everything from noisy children to a helicopter circling overhead when I've lost matches in the past. It seems to happen a lot, too.

1155: David Ferrer has just forced, and won, his first break point of his match against Jarkko Nieminen, who went for a backhand winner after a long rally but only found the tramlines. The Spaniard leads 4-1.

New York Times tennis correspondent Christopher Clarey on Twitter: "Don't understand French Open & its minor-key 1st day approach. They wanted the 3rd weekend against tours' wishes: should make better use of it."

The match is over
1151: Another result to tell you about, and it's a home success this time. Alize Cornet has seen off Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic 6-4 6-2. Cornet plays Russia's Anastasia Pivovarova or Spain's Nuria Llagostera Vives next.

1145: When I think of David Ferrer, I think of a bloke in a headband with a fizzing top-spin forehand, scampering around the baseline. That's exactly what we have seen so far from the Spaniard, who has produced a couple of sparkling winners from the back of the court. Nieminen is holding his own, though, and we are still on serve at 2-1 to Ferrer.

The match is over
1143: Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova is also safely through to round two, completing a 7-5 6-3 win over Australia's Casey Dellacqua. Pironkova will play Argentina's Gisela Dulko in round two, after she also saw off Irina Falconi in straight sets, beating the American 6-3 6-4.

1138: David Ferrer likes clay a bit, but the 29-year-old has never been beyond the last eight here, and has only made that stage twice (in 2005 and 2008). Fair to say he has under-achieved then. Will this year be any different? If the draw goes to plan for the seeds, he will meet Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, and might just fancy his chances. Still, that is an awfully long way off for both men.

1134: The life of a top-level umpire is a pretty good one - jetting around the world, on first-name terms with all the top players. I was told this at an LTA officiating course a couple of years back, shortly before I was left out of the chosen few to progress... because I wasn't loud enough with my line calls. So, you don't have to be right to be an umpire/line judge - just noisy.

It's good news for a Briton
1130: Still scores of empty seats on Philippe Chatrier as David Ferrer and his Finnish opponent knock up. We do have some British interest in this one: James Keothavong, brother of Anne, is in the chair to umpire it.

1129: Novak Djokovic has won all 37 of his matches so far in 2011 and, in his latest blog, BBC 5 live's tennis expert Jonathan Overend looked at whether anyone can stop him in Paris. Only one name really came up. Overend said: "Nadal, over best of five, as multiple champion, remains favourite in my eyes and Andy Murray is enjoying some rich clay court form to suggest a best French Open performance is possible, but it's in Djokovic's hands. If he continues his form he can win again and topple Nadal for a fifth time inside three months."

1124: Seventh seed David Ferrer is next up on Philippe Chatrier, against Finland's Jarkko Nieminen (live on the red button and this website in the UK), but it is fair to say the real talking points in the men's game concern Novak Djokovic, the man who has forgotten how to lose, and Rafael Nadal, the man who is all but invincible on Parisian clay. Who do you fancy on the red stuff? It would take a brave man to bet against either of those pair getting their hands on the trophy in two week's time, but do Andy Murray and Roger Federer come into the picture anywhere? We shall see...

The match is over
1120: It doesn't take her long, either, and Sammy Stosur is all smiles as she holds to love, completing a 6-2 6-3 win when Benesova flops a forehand into the net.

1119: Hmmmm, it seems Iveta Benesova is not quite ready to go sight-seeing in Paris just yet. She digs in to hold after a couple of deuces, and Sam Stosur is going to have to serve out her victory at 6-2 5-3.

1115: Simona Halep will play either Stosur or Benesova next... and it looks very much like it will be Stosur. The number eight seed leads 5-2 now and at 30-all is two points from victory.

The match is over
1112: Our first women's match HAS been completed though. On Court 17, Romanian teenager Simona Halep has thumped Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-2 6-1 in 59 minutes.

1109: Over on the red button, Sam Smith and Andrew Castle are talking about Sam Stosur's reluctance to volley, and how she seems to win the majority of her points in the same way... not that it it seems to affect her much on clay: she has just broken again to lead 4-2 and is within a couple of games of reaching round two. It might be a reason why the big-hitting Aussie has never been beyond round three at Wimbledon, though.

1105: There aren't even that many matches going on today, but I will try to keep you across the ones that are. Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova, a semi-finalist at Wimbledon last year, has taken the first set 7-5 against Australia's Casey Dellacqua, albeit after a bit of a struggle. Meanwhile, Sam Stosur still looks pretty strong to me, leading 3-2 in the second set, and has just clinched her latest game with a stinging backhand winner down the line.

1056: It's all pretty low-key thus far, but we do have the likes of David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to look forward to later. And we can talk about Djoko, Nadal, Murray et al too... even if they won't be playing until Monday at the earliest. Bah humbug.

1055: More scores to update you with. Gisela Dulko took the first set 6-3 against Irina Falconi, while Japan's Kei Nishikori has just taken the first set of the men's tournament. He ran away with it actually, 6-1, against Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan.

1048: Sammy Stosur was broken in the first game of her match against Iveta Benesova but she has not looked back since... the Australian eighth seed has just polished off the first set 6-2 in 32 minutes, breaking her opponent three times along the way. Things are looking up for me too - I'm on a new computer that doesn't have to think for 10 minutes in between every task.

BBC Radio 5 live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "Always bizarre starting here on the Sunday and not putting a star name on the schedule. Almost defeats the object."

1038: It wouldn't be a Grand Slam if my computer didn't slow down disastrously during a live text commentary, and today is no different. Apologies for the slow updates so far, hopefully they will speed up when my machine decides to wake up.

1034: Sammy Stosur leads 4-1 in the first set now, and is looking pretty comfortable. Very comfortable, even. Elsewhere, Gisela Dulko has also made a strong start and is leading Irina Falconi 5-1.

Jake Dorricott on Twitter: "Sam Stosur looks very powerful already."

WTA's Kevin Fischer on Twitter: "Stosur v. Benesova: Benesova has 3 career Top 10 wins and is 1-19 in her last 20 meetings vs. Top 10."

1026: I have to admit, today is not the most thrilling opening day line-up that Roland Garros has ever seen... Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray all have the day off, as does women's number one Caroline Wozniacki and defending champion Francesca Schiavone. None of the three British women in the main draw are in action either. Let's make the best of what we have got, though. Back on Chatrier, things are going rather better for Stosur, who responded with two breaks of her own and now leads 3-1.

The sun is out
Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter: "A brisk breeze has picked up, clouds filling in but still a very pleasant day in Paris. Let the tennis commence."

1013: We are up and running, with Sammy Stosur smashing down some serves. There will be a few questions answered about the state of play in world tennis over the next few days but I have got one to start us off: Does Stosur ever take her baseball cap off? Maybe that can wait, though, because she's got more pressing problems to deal with - Benesova has just broken to go 1-0 up.

1006: While they warm up, I want you to do the same. I'm Chris Bevan, and you can tweet me at @chrisbevan_bbc using the hashtag #BBCTennis please. Or feel free to text me via 81111 (UK) instead.

1003: Where to start? How about last year's runner-up, Australia's Sammy Stosur. She has just marched out on to Court Philippe Chatrier along with Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic. And the really good news is that you can watch that match live on the red button and on this website (in the UK). There don't seem to be too many people actually in the stands, but I'm sure that will change once Paris finishes breakfast.

0959: So, even earlier disappointment than usual for Hewitt on clay (ahem), but there is still plenty for us to look forward to... in the next few hours and over the course of the entire fortnight.

0953: For Lleyton Hewitt, though, this year's Roland Garros is over before it has even begun. The Australian former world number one was meant to be playing Albert Montanes in his first-round match later today but has pulled out because of an ankle injury. France's Marc Gicquel will face Montanes instead.

0950: The sun, the Seine, and a few sets of tennis. Sounds good? Stay right here, then, because the 2011 French Open starts, er, round about now.

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Stosur sees off Benesova in Paris
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