Serena, Federer highlight first day at French Open

Updated: May 25, 2013


Former champions Serena Williams and Roger
Federer will highlight Sunday’s first day of play at the 2013 French Open.

The only Grand Slam event that begins on a Sunday will feature 16 first-round
matches in both the men’s and women’s draw.

Williams, the top seed and 2002 women’s champion, will face Anna Tatishvili of
Georgia in the second match on Court Chatrier. The American superstar enters
the tournament on a career-best 24-match winning streak with titles in each of
her last four events — Miami, Charleston, Madrid and Rome. However, she was a
first-round loser last year at Roland Garros, falling to Virginie Razzano to
suffer her first-ever opening-round loss in a Grand Slam championship.

Federer, meanwhile, enters the fortnight without a title of any kind in 2013.
He captured the 2009 French Open crown — the only one Rafael Nadal hasn’t won
in the last eight years — to complete a career Grand Slam and will play
Sunday as this year’s second seed on Court Chatrier against Spanish qualifier
Pablo Carreno-Busta.

David Ferrer, a semifinalist last year, is the only other men’s top seed in
action Sunday. The fourth-seeded Spaniard will face Australia’s Marinko

Other top women on Sunday’s schedule include 2012 runner-up Sara Errani, 2008
champion Ana Ivanovic and Venus Williams.

Errani, who lost to Maria Sharapova in last year’s final, is seeded fifth this
year and will take on Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus. The 14th-seeded Ivanovic will
open play on Court Chatrier against Croatia’s Petra Martic and Williams will
meet Poland’s Urszula Radwanska.