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French Open Results 2012: Venus Williams Advances, Andy Roddick Eliminated

The first day of the 2012 French Open (or Roland Garros) featured no shortage of action and even one high-profile upset on Sunday. As the first round opened, only one of the three Southern California players was in action, but she managed to advance in her opening match in the tournament.

Venus Williams went up against Paula Ormaechea and got off to a very rocky start, dropping the first set 4-6. Williams rebounded nicely, however, taking the match in three sets by winning the second two 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the second round.

Serena Williams and Vania King will play over the next two days of first-round action.

In the biggest upset of the first day, Andy Roddick fell in his first match against Nicolas Mahut in four sets, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. American men have not played well on clay courts in the past, with Roddick being just the latest victim.

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