Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, both tops seeds in the Roland Garros, cruises into the second round of the tournament with ease.
Having just celebrated his 29th birthday a few days ago (May 22nd), Novak Djokovic is striving for the only Grand Slam that has eluded him so far. He was defeated twice by Rafael Nadal in the grand final (on 2012 and 2014), and came just short of winning it once more against Stan Wawrinka last year.
Djokovic’s opponent, Chinese Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu managed to put up a fight against the Serb in the first set, but couldn’t reply much in the subsequent two sets. The match ended 6-4, 6-1, 6-1, as the Australian Open champion wins almost twice as many points as Lu, 92-55.
“Second and third sets were really good. I thought I found my rhythm. First set was up and down,” Djokovic said. “But I’ll take the positives out of it, and I’m hoping I can progress as the tournament goes on.”
He will be facing Belgium’s Steve Darcis in the next round, who has defeated Turkish qualifier Marsel Ilhan 6-3, 6-4, 6-0. Darcis was the first person to beat Rafael Nadal in the first round of a Grand Slam, at Wimbledon 2013.
In the Women’s category, retaining the French Open title became much easier for Serena Williams after two of the five seeded players exited the event.
Third seeded Angelique Kerber, who earned a surprise win over Williams in the Australian Open final in January, lost to 58th-ranked Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Joining her was fifth seed was Victoria Azarenka, one of the only other two women who defeated Williams this season. She called to stop the match after she injured her right knee while trailing 4-0 in the third set against 118th-ranked Karen Knapp of Italy.
Williams does her part in her quest for her career’s 22nd Grand Slam title, which would equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record. In just 42 minutes, she thrashed her opponent, 77th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-2, bagel.
“It was a little short for me, but I think in my career, if I don’t have it by now, I need to look into something different,” Williams said after the match. “So I’m OK – I’m OK with that.”