Nadal to Play Ginepri, Williams Faces Lim at French OpenDanielle Rossingh
Men’s No. 1 Rafael Nadal will open the defense of his French Open tennis title against Robby Ginepri of the U.S., while women’s champion Serena Williams faces France’s Alize Lim.
Williams, an American, may face her elder sister and five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the third round and former champion Maria Sharapova of Russia in the quarterfinals. Sharapova will start her campaign for a second title on the Parisian clay against a qualifier while Venus Williams plays Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic. The tournament starts in two days.
Nadal, who has lost just once at Roland Garros, is up against a 277th-ranked opponent in Ginepri. The draw leaves the possibility that the Spaniard would take on compatriot David Ferrer in the quarterfinals, while Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland could play Wimbledon title-holder Andy Murray of Britain.
In the other half of the men’s draw, Switzerland’s Roger Federer could meet Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals, while Serbia’s Novak Djokovic -- who plays Portugal’s Joao Sousa in his first round -- could take on Canada’s Milos Raonic in the last eight.