Paris: India’s sixth-seeded pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna were stunned 6-1, 5-7, 3-6 by the French combine of Marc Gicquel and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the opening round of the men’s doubles event at the French Open in Paris today.
In singles play, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova reached the third round by beating Urszula Radwanska of Poland 6-1, 6-3.
The fourth-seeded Czech was never really troubled on Court Suzanne Lenglen, saving all three break points she faced.
Kvitova secured her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last year, and then won the WTA Championships. Although she has yet to win a title in 2012, she is seeded fourth in Paris and is expected to go deep into the tournament.
Radwanska is the younger sister of third-seeded Agnieszka. The elder sibling reached the third round on Wednesday by beating seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams.
For Roger Federer, setting records on the tennis court is getting to be a pretty ho-hum endeavor.
The perks that come with them, like dining with Queen Elizabeth II, are the things to really remember.
“Yes, I have had lunch next to the queen — with the queen, basically,” Federer said. “Big honour, obviously … Thank God, she came.”