The Latest: Venus Williams loses in straight sets in Paris


Federer advances, Kerber and Venus are out on day one of The French Open.
Tennis Channel, for USA TODAY

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local):


6:43 p.m.

Venus Williams’ 22nd appearance at the French Open did not last long.

The 2002 runner-up lost her opening match at Roland Garros for the second year in a row, beaten 6-3, 6-3 by ninth-seeded Elina Svitolina in 1 hour, 13 minutes.

The 38-year-old Williams lost in the first round for the fourth time in the last seven years at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.

Wiliams was broken in seven of her nine service games.


5:20 p.m.

A year after upsetting Novak Djokovic in a stunning run to the semifinals, Marco Cecchinato is out after the first round.

French wild card Nicolas Mahut came back from two sets down in a 2-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win over the 16th-seeded Italian.

It was the first men’s match on the new Court Simonne Mathieu and Mahut seemed to thrive off the support from the home fans.


4:31 p.m.

Playing his first match at Roland Garros since 2015, Roger Federer had no problem reaching the second round of the French Open.

Back on the refurbished Court Philippe Chatrier on the opening day…

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