Ferrero and Hewitt advance

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Defending Champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, 12th-seeded Lleyton Hewitt, 10th-seeded Sebastien Grosjean win their first round matches of the French Open.

Ferrero and Hewitt advance

Paris:

Defending Champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, 12th-seeded Lleyton Hewitt, 10th-seeded Sebastien Grosjean won their first round matches of the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris on Tuesday.In the women's section, second seed Serena Wiliams won in straight sets while 47-year-old veteran and WTA Tour legend Martina Navratilova's comeback lasted barely an hour as she lost to the unseeded Gisela Dulko of Argentina. Home favouriteSunshine and the second day of the French Open saw tennis aficionados flock to Roland Garros on Tuesday, as the opening match on centre court featured one of the home favourites in action. Tenth seed Sebastien Grosjean of France was already two sets up when a running forehand pass down the line on match point broke the unseeded Kevin Kim's serve once more as Grosjean won easily 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 in straight sets. Grosjean's best performance here on home soil was back in 2001 when he was a semi-finalist. Next up on centre court was one of the biggest names - and personalities - on the women's WTA Tour. Seeds advanceSecond-seeded Serena Williams of the USA met the unseeded Italian Iveta Benesova. The match went with the form book and rankings as the 2002 winner here on the Parisian red clay showed her immense power with this cross-court backhand winner, which broke Benesova once more so she could serve for the match at 6-2, 5-2. Match point soon followed and a tame Benesova forehand on return gifted Williams a 6-2, 6-2 straight sets victory and a place in round two. Earlier on in the morning session, over on court one, the 12th-seeded Ai Sugiyama of Japan faced the unseeded Marion Bartoli of France. Once more, the match went with ranking as after a rally on match point, Sugiyama secured her place in the next round with a 6-4, 6-3 win. Navratilova loses on comeback The most emotional and nostalgic appearance of the day came later on court one as the crowds flocked to court one to see the 47-year-old veteran and WTA Tour legend Martina Navratilova's comeback. Unfortunately, for the 1982 and 1984 winner here, a fine overhead smash only inspired the unseeded Argentinean to hold her serve in the second set which meant the legend had to hold her serve to stay in the match at 6-1, 5-3 down. Match point and a 6-1, 6-3 victory for Dulko soon followed as Navratilova bowed out from the ladies singles amid tumultuous applause. Defending champion survivesLater on in the afternoon session, fourth seed Juan Carlos Ferrero advanced to round two after a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 win over the in-form Tommy Haas of Germany. Meanwhile, over on court one, former world number one Lleyton Hewitt of Australia finally saw off the brave challenge of unseeded Frenchman Arnaud di Pasquale. The 12th-seeded Australian moved into round two with a 6-0, 7-6 (7-5). 4-6, 6-1 win. (AP)



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