Venus Wins at French Open

Venus Williams of the United States prepares to serve during her singles second round tennis match with Iveta Benesova of the Czech Repubic at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008. Williams won 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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PARIS (AP) - Venus Williams has won her opening round match at the French Open by beating Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion won the match's first five games Monday, while Mattek asked for a medical time-out during the first set so a trainer could look at her right wrist.

The third-seeded Williams has never won the French Open, but she did reach the final in 2002 when she lost to little sister Serena. Overall, Williams holds a 36-12 record at Roland Garros, giving her the most wins of any player in the women's draw at the tournament.

Williams was upset in the third round in three of the last four years. In 2006, she reached the quarterfinals.