Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters withdrew from Wimbledon on Wednesday because of a foot injury, leaving the women's field more wide open.
Rafael Nadal is gaining on Roger Federer. Quickly.
Rafael Nadal excelled when he needed to most, winning the last two sets against John Isner on Tuesday to advance to the second round at the French Open with a 6-4, 6-7 (7-2), 6-7 (7-2), 6-2, 6-4 victory.
Five years after her last appearance at the French Open, and a few weeks after her latest injury layoff, Kim Clijsters made a winning return to Roland Garros.
Venus Williams has broken with tradition and entered a warmup tournament before Wimbledon.
Rafael Nadal hopes the Monte Carlo Masters can provide a lift.
Another foot fault has deprived women's tennis of one of its best players.
Kim Clijsters will be sidelined for a month with shoulder and wrist injuries, forcing her out of Belgium's Fed Cup semifinal next week against the Czech Republic.
Kim Clijsters will be sidelined for a month with shoulder and wrist injuries, forcing her to miss Belgium's Fed Cup semifinal next week against the Czech Republic. She is aiming to play the French Open.