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Rain stops play again at French Open
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May 29, 2007 11:35 IST

Rain played spoilsport at the French Open for the second day running when a torrential downpour stopped the action for a second time on Monday.

Venus Williams and men's fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko began their matches after a three-hour delay and managed to squeeze into the second round before another downpour greeted the fans at Roland Garros.

Williams beat rising French talent Alize Cornet 6-4 6-3 on Centre Court while Russian Davydenko was a 6-3 6-1 6-1 winner over Italian Stefano Galvani on court one.

Following another short rain disruption, world number one Roger Federer streaked ahead 6-4 4-1 against American journeyman Michael Russell when yet another deluge forced the players to head back into the locker room.

Seventh seed Ivan Ljubicic, aiming to win a match at a grand slam for the first time since reaching the third round at Wimbledon last year, had a 6-1 4-4 cushion over France's Arnaud Clement on Suzanne Lenglen court.

More showers are forecast for the rest of the week.

Steady drizzle washed away all but seven of the scheduled 24 matches on the opening day on Sunday.

Organisers have already called off 22 matches on Monday, including women's fourth seed Jelena Jankovic's contest against France's Stephanie Foretz.

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