PARIS (Sporting Alert) — The opening round of the 2013 French Open tennis tournament kicks-off on Sunday with several leading seeds down to take the courts at Roland Garros.
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On the women’s side, top-seed and hot favourite Serena Williams of USA will seek another major title and hopes to get this off to a good start against Anna Tatishvili, with this game live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.
Williams suffered an opening-round shocking exit to Virginie Razzano last year, the first ever of her career in a Grand Slam.
Serena and older sister Venus Williams will be teaming up at the French Open for the first time since 2010 and will start heavy favorites as well to take the doubles title.
Also on Sunday in the opening round, Venus will take on Urszula Radwanska.
On the men’s side, Pablo Carreno-Busta is expected to have his hands full against 2009 French Open champion Roger Federer.
Men’s Opening Round Games
David Ferrer (4) vs. Marinko Matosevic
Milos Raonic (14) vs. Xavier Malisse
Gilles Simon (15) vs. Lleyton Hewitt
Sam Querrey (18) vs. Lukas Lacko
Andreas Seppi (20) vs. Leonardo Mayer
Kevin Anderson (23) vs. Illya Marchenko
Jeremy Chardy (25) vs. Benjamin Becker
Feliciano Lopez vs. Marcel Granollers (31)
Joao Sousa vs. Go Soeda
Roberto Bautista Agut vs. Gilles Muller
Blaz Kavcic vs. James Duckworth
Steve Darcis vs. Michael Llodra
Viktor Troicki vs. James Blake
Jan Hajek vs. Denis Kudla
Somdev Devvarman vs. Daniel Munoz-De La Nava
Women’s Opening Round
Serena Williams (1) vs. Anna Tatishvili
Arantxa Rus vs.Sara Errani (5)
Mona Barthel vs Angelique Kerber (8)
Caroline Wozniacki (10) vs. Laura Robson
Nadia Petrova (11) vs. Monica Puig
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (19) vs. Andrea Hlavackova
Kiki Bertens (NED) vs. Sorana Cirstea (26)
Urszula Radwanska vs.Venus Williams (30)
Yuliya Beygelzimer vs. Caroline Garcia
Monica Niculescu vs. Johanna Larsson
French Open TV schedule (Eastern Standard Time)
-Sunday, May 26: 5:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. – First round: ESPN2
-Sunday, May 26: 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. – First round: Tennis Channel
-Sunday, May 26: 12:00 p .m. -3:00 p.m. – First round: NBC