Djokovic, Muguruza start title defenses at French Open

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Five things to watch out for on day two of the French Open on Monday: * Muguruza hopes to dodge Schiavone banana skin For potential banana skins, look no further than reigning champion Garbine Muguruza's clash with another former Roland Garros victor, Francesca Schiavone.

She did make it to the final in Monterrey at the start of April before losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, but that remains her best performance of the season.

"I'm happy that I managed to play, to be kind of composed out there", Muguruza said afterward. "I think after the U.S. Open, I will ask to myself what I want to do". I think I just have to earn that confidence here.

The Australian teenager made light of the 300-plus ranking places separating them to push the 11th seeded Dane to three sets.

Muguruza stepped her game up and took 14 consecutive points to seal the first set 6-2.

With Agassi seated in the stands, generally expressionless during the match and silent afterward, the No. 2-seeded Djokovic was not always at his clean-swinging best while beating Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Monday to begin the defense of the title that allowed him to complete a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros a year ago.

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Despite the defeat, Fourlis walked off to a standing ovation.

Staying on the men's side of things, fifth seed Milos Raonic cruised through to the second round with a straight-sets dismissal of Belgium's Steve Darcis, but Jack Sock became the first major casualty as he went down to the Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely, also in straight sets. His reward? - a first round match against Croatian seventh seed Marin Cilic.

Elsewhere on the opening day, Venus Williams battled past China's Wang Qiang with a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) victory.

Simona Halep, the Romanian who is regarded as the leading contender, was asked for her opinion on who the favourites are for the second Grand Slam of the year.

Rafael Nadal launched his quest for a record 10th French Open title with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 win over Frenchman Benoit Paire on Monday.

Steve Johnson of the United States held off a valiant comeback from Yuichi Sugita to reach the second round when their match resumed at Roland Garros.

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It took Mladenovic almost three hours to win 3-6, 6-3, 9-7. Schiavone saved three match points but volleyed wide on the fourth.

Schiavone won the Bogota claycourt tournament and reached the final in Rabat, also on clay.

Kerber failed to withstand the strong forehand and backhand attack from her opponent as she lost the first set 6-2 in 38 minutes.

Djokovic, who completed a career Grand Slam in Paris past year but has been struggling with form and confidence since, is also set to play on the showcase court.

Despite her status as reigning champion, though, Muguruza believes she will have to grow into the event again, rather than reflecting on her 2016 triumph.

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