LONDON - Based on form, Serena Williams is a stand-out favorite to win a second French Open title but her record at Roland Garros means she approaches the tournament with a touch of apprehension and fearful of the "lady in the mirror".
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MONACO - Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes a quick start to their Monaco Grand Prix weekend with the fastest time in first practice on Thursday.
I saw a player that couldn't help himself count down the last moments of his time on the pitch.