Simona Halep knows the claycourts of Paris well after winning the juniors` title here six years ago, and she showed a firm intent to shake up the main tournament with a first-round demolition of Alisa Kleybanova.
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has said that he needs a coach who can motivate him and get him learning and improving again, as he looks for a suitable replacement for Ivan Lendl before the French Open.
World number one Serena Williams pulled out of her quarter-final at the Madrid Open against Petra Kvitova on Friday morning due to a thigh injury and also stated her intention not to compete in Rome next week.
Serena Williams swept into the last 16 with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 victory over China`s Peng Shuai, while Rafael Nadal began defence of his crown with a crushing 6-1, 6-0 win over Argentina`s Juan Monaco in Madrid Tennis Open Wednesday.
Rafa Nadal launched the defence of his Madrid Open title by breezing past Juan Monaco 6-1 6-0 on Wednesday to rediscover his touch on his favoured clay after surprise exits in his last two tournaments.
Fifth seeds Sania Mirza and Cara Black had little problem in dispatching Hao-Ching Chan and Chanelle Scheepers as they scored a comfortable straight sets victory to progress to the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open, here on Wednesday.
Chinese ace Li Na and her Polish counterpart Agnieszka Radwanska have sailed into the second round of the Madrid Open, sealing their place in the last-32 with their respective victories in the opening round.
Japan`s Kei Nishikori, American John Isner, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Spaniard Fernando Verdasco have sailed into the second round of the Madrid Open on the men`s side with their respective victories in the opening round.