Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai beat Polona Hercog of Slovenia 7-5 6-1, making history to reach her first French Open third round.
Vera Zvonareva was fortunate to progress to the French Open third round with a 4-6 7-5 7-5 victory after German Sabine Lisicki needed a medical time out and then crumbled with victory almost in her grasp on Wednesday.
It's newsworthy enough when anyone manages to win a set against Rafael Nadal at any stage of the French Open - let alone two sets in the first round.
Australian Open finalist Li Na reached the second round of the French Open after beating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3 on Tuesday.
Chinese players clinched good start at the French Open as Peng Shuai beat Austria's Tamira Paszek 6-3 6-2 and Zheng Jie beat Sandra Zahlavova of Czech Republic 6-4 6-3 in the first round of the tournament.
Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki overcame China's Peng Shuai 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to win the Brussels Open on Saturday.
Defending French Open champions Rafael Nadal and Francesca Schiavone were given first-round matches in Friday's draw against Americans who own a combined two career match wins at Roland Garros.
Peng Shuai reached the semifinals of the Brussels Open on Thursday by beating Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 6-2, 6-4.
Former US Open champion Andy Roddick has pulled out of this week's Nice Open with a shoulder injury and may not be fully fit for the French Open starting on Sunday.
It's tough to decide what's most impressive about Novak Djokovic's 37-0 record in 2011, the best start in men's tennis in more than a quarter-century.
Li Na's recent decision to appoint Denmark Fed Cup captain Michael Mortensen as her new coach was the right move.
Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro said on Wednesday he remained hopeful of playing the French Open starting in 11 days' time.