It was good to have them back. After two years without them both eyeing each other up from opposite ends of the locker room, scowling at each other from opposite ends of the court, it was strangely reassuring to see them both back at Roland-Garros.
That the great fourth round showdown between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova never actually happened due to Serena’s pectoral injury did not really matter. Of course, it was a huge disappointment for the ticket holders and the television companies but the fact that they had both reached the second week of a Grand Slam, that they were both playing well, was enough good news to be going on with. The rest of the year suddenly looked more exciting.