French Open at a glance - day 2

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French Open at a glance -- day 2:


+ Serena survives scare, wins 800th match

+ Djokovic wins in straight sets

+ Nadal beats German qualifier and will now face... another German qualifier

+ Wozniacki knocked out

+ Kvitova limps out

Top results

Serena Williams (USA x10) bt Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) 2-6, 6-1, 6-0

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Yannick Hanfmann (GER) 6-2, 6-1, 6-3

Kiki Bertens (NED x4) bt Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 6-3, 6-4

Dominic Thiem (AUT x4) bt Tommy Paul (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2


French teen scooting along nicely

-- Sixteen-year-old French player Diane Parry made the second round on Monday with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Vera Lapko of Belarus.

But the 457th-ranked Parry is too young to drive so has to find other ways to get to the tournament.

"I have an electric scooter. It's easier to move around. Today I took the car with my mother, but it's true that I usually take the scooter," she said.

50 in a row for Cornet

-- France's Alize Cornet began her 50th consecutive Grand Slam on Monday but the landmark was forgettable after losing 6-4, 6-3 to Ukraine's Viktoria Kuzmova.

Long wait over

-- Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta, a Roland Garros quarter-finalist in 2017, celebrated his first win since the Australian Open in January by beating Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 to reach the second round.

Svitolina's age concern

-- Ukraine's world number nine Elina Svitolina was only two years old when Venus Williams made her Roland Garros debut and late Sunday she ended the American's latest Paris bid in straight sets.

Venus is now 38 but Svitolina does not see herself playing that long.

"No. Definitely no. It takes lots of willpower. It's amazing what she does and how she still keep going and still motivated to play. Even today, I was playing against her and thinking, you know, I'm not sure I will be here playing at that age."

Smoke-free zone

-- Sven Groeneveld, the former coach of Maria Sharapova, is leading a campaign to cut out smoking at Roland Garros.

"Please @rolandgarros make #kidsday #smokefree day. Right now it makes me sick to see so many people smoke around our next generation," he tweeted.

Who's saying what

"It was like having a concrete block of my feet."

-- Serena Williams on dropping the first set to Vitalia Diatchencko before winning in three.

"I think she got very lucky in the start of the second set."

-- Caroline Wozniacki after her 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 defeat by Russia's Veronika Kudermetova.

"I have so many critics on the networks, social networks, and people are so mean. 50th Grand Slam in a row and never a quarterfinal, which is ridiculous, because I do my best. I do what I can."

-- France's Alize Cornet on playing her 50th successive Grand Slam tournament.

"I don't think about it. I'm just, like, Okay. Fu--. now I'm going to start thinking about it. What do I do? I don't even know. Oh, God, now they're going to give me a fine."

-- Sloane Stephens on her tie-break strategy