Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer moved into the second round of the French Open without mishap. No surprise there, but how about six American women?
Without getting carried away, because this is, after all, just the first round, such across-the-board success made it a memorable Memorial Day for American tennis in Paris.
Apart from headliner Lauren Davis, who scored a barely believable 6-1, 6-1 victory over the talented young seeded German Mona Barthel, there were solid and slightly surprising victories for Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Vania King, Sloane Stephens, Varvara Lepchenko and Christina McHale. In all, there are 12 US women in the draw, and 10 have won while Serena Williams and Jamie Hampton are scheduled for first-round matches on Tuesday. This hasn't happened in a while.
Just to add to the little green shoots of optimism that are appearing, many of the winners are still in the early stages of their career and beat higher-ranked opposition. Stephens scored a particularly impre...