Venus Williams opens play at French Open on Day 4

Venus Williams opens play at French Open on Day 4

The 35-year-old explained she had been taking pictures to document the growth of her baby bump, when she accidentally posted one on Snapchat. "But I feel good and happy that I am back".

Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the third round of the French Open by beating Francoise Abanda of Canada 6-0, 6-0.

Fourth-seeded Rafael Nadal is facing Robin Haase of the Netherlands in the second round.

Williams also shared that she and her other sisters, Lyndrea and Isha, are hoping that the tiny tot will bear one of their names.

It turned into a fine hour or so at the start of the day for the two oldest women left in the singles draw at this year's French Open.

After that, Venus was dominant, breaking to love to take the first set in 47 minutes.

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Kvitova sat with her head in her towel, and the disruption seemed to affect her as she dropped serve in the opening game of the second set.

With the 23-time Grand Slam champion looking on, Williams sealed her place in the last 32 with a 6-3, 6-1 win against the Japanese world No 90. Normally, the Williams siblings play as doubles partners in tournaments.

Meanwhile an error-prone Petra Kvitova failed to sustain her French Open campaign going down to Bethanie Matek-Sands 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5).

The 15th seed, returning this week from a five-month break after she was stabbed in her playing hand by a burglar in December, littered the court with 25 unforced errors as she lost 7-6 7-6. Her 5ft 1in opponent could never match Williams for power, and Nara could manage just six winners of her own.

Home favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also exited the tournament, unable to turn around a first-round match against Roland Garros debutant Renzo Olivo that had been suspended on Tuesday due to darkness.

While the favored Tsonga could not make it through to the third round, sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem had no such problems with Simone Bolelli in his 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 victory on the Suzanne-Lenglen Court. Olivo converted the next one with a forehand crosscourt victor to prevail 6-4.