Today two of America's best French Open hopes took to the claycourts and came up winners as Andy Roddick defeated Mardy Fish also
of the USA 6-1, 6-4 in the second round of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia at Rome; while Serena Williams topped Francesca
Schiavone of Italy 6-2, 6-3 in the second round of the Qatar Telecom German Open.
Roddick this week was handed a difficult draw as he could face 4th seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia in the quarterfinals and
2nd seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain in the semifinals. Nadal holds a 103-1 claycourt record since 2005.
After drawing world number one Justine Henin of Belgium in three grand slam quarterfinals last year, Williams has repeated
the feat at Berlin this week as she could face Henin again in the quarterfinals. Henin has won the French Open the last
three years. Should Williams advance to the semifinals, she could then meet European and third seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia
or another European, the 12th seeded Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic.
After winning her 16th straight match this year, Williams liked her chances even on the clay courts.
"I'm healthy. I'm focused. Tennis is my priority," Williams said. "Everything is just coming together."