Southern California tennis player Vania King won her French Open first round match against Galina Voskoboeva in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. The 23-year-old King is looking to surpass her best French Open singles performance after making the third round in 2011.
Ranked no. 56 in the world, King is known more for her doubles play as her and Yaroslava Shvedova are ranked no. 6 in the world in doubles having won Wimbledon and the US Open in 2010.
King joins fellow Southern California resident Venus Williams in the second round after Williams came back to defeat Paula Ormaechea in three sets, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Venus' sister, Serena, is yet to play with her first match being against Virginie Razzano and everyone is anxious to see her. The French Open was without either of the Williams sisters last year for the first time since 2003. Serena has dealt with two foot operations and blood clots, so her return is something positive for her family and for the sport.
"She's such an experience player that has been under so many different circumstances and achieved so much in her career," said second-seed Maria Sharapova to the Associated Press. "When she's fit, she's extremely strong on the court and hits a very powerful ball. That makes her very dangerous."