Early start pleases Ana

Early start pleases Ana

Ana is happy that this year’s French Open begins a day earlier. For the first time ever, the Grand Slam begins on a Sunday at Roland Garros. By adding an extra day of play during the weekend, the tournament will benefit from bigger crowds and television viewers.

From the players’ point of view, an extra day of rest at some point during the fortnight is a welcome addition. Ana said: “For me it’s good that we have one more day because last year I had to play two days in a row, and had a really exhausting match in the fourth round (against Francesca Schiavone) so I was a little bit tired the next day when I had to play Petrova.

“That won’t happen because the tournament is longer this year. It’s definitely going to be a little bit strange but it’s a good thing, I think.”

The event will finish, as usual, on a Sunday. Tomorrow's schedule will feature a total of 12 matches: there will be two women's and two men's first round matches on each of the main show courts (Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen and Court 1).