Venus stellar in Paris with straight sets win over Japan's Nara

Though Serena Williams always seems to be the Williams sister in the spotlight at the various grand slam tournaments, this year, she is absent due to her first pregnancy, leaving the draw wide open for other players.

And it appears that Serena will be having a girl.

Venus Williams was making rather heavy weather of things in the first set of her second round match at the French Open.

Meanwhile, pregnant Serena who was seen cheering and supporting her sister in the audience during the game has previously admitted that she and her partner refer to their child as "baby" as they want the gender to be a surprise.

Sweat-soaked and still wearing her match outfit, Petra Kvitova was looking for someone to hug as she wandered into the players' lounge in the French Open's main stadium shortly after leaving the court Sunday.

Venus Williams overcame a slow start in her second round match at the French Open as Kurumi Nara made the American work hard for the win. Her seven Major singles titles have come at Wimbledon and the US Open, and her resurgence this year took her to the final at the Australian Open, the quarters at Indian Wells, and the semis in Miami-though she did also make the quarters at Rome in preparation for the red stuff. I've got to get some confidence that I can do this. When you consider the big hitters in the women's game that have won, Sharapova twice in the last four or five years, Muguruza last year, Venus is one of the possibilities'.

In a brief statement to USA Today, Williams said she isn't overly distraught by missing this event.

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Also, Venus and Mouratoglou sang "Say My Name" for some reason. I think that's a good position to be in.

"I know it's going to be emotional for quite some time".

"It feels fine. I don't feel anything", she said Wednesday before leaving the Roland Garros grounds.

Ekaterina Makarova, who upset top-seeded Angelique Kerber in the first round, could not follow up on her great performance and exited the French Open.

"I just tried to step it up".

Williams spoke about Serena's presence as a spectator. Mertens will have to be more consistent with her serve in order to have a shot.

Frenchwoman Oceane Dodin won her opener against Italy's Camila Giorgi 6-2 6-3, Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine beat compatriot Kateryna Kozlova 6-4 6-0, Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus overcame Swiss Viktorija Golubic 4-6 7-5 6-3 and Latvian Jelena Ostapenko beat American Louisa Chirico 4-6 6-3 6-2.

  • Regina Holmes