Robby Ginepri heard the news at breakfast before heading out to play Wednesday: He was the last U.S. man in the French Open. By early afternoon, he was gone, too, making Americans 0-9 in the first round, the country's worst showing at Roland Garros in at least 40 years. "They all wanted to win, like I did," Ginepri said. "And we're walking away with a loss. So it's tough." It's the first time at any Grand Slam tournament since the 1973 Australian Open that no man representing the United States will play in the second round of singles - and it's worth noting that no Americans entered that Australian Open.

U.S. men went 0-8 on the French Open's red clay Tuesday, with losses by No. 3-seeded Andy Roddick, No. 8 James Blake, Vince Spadea, Justin Gimelstob, Amer Delic, Robert Kendrick, Sam Querrey and Michael Russell.

"It kind of all happened fast," said Venus Williams, one of five American women still around.

The 48th-ranked Ginepri, a semifinalist at the 2005 U.S. Open, might have joined the exodus Tuesday night, but his match against Diego Hartfield of Argentina was suspended because of darkness after they split the first two sets.

When they resumed play Wednesday, Ginepri won the third set and went ahead 2-0 in the fourth, with Delic and Kendrick offering support from the 259-seat bleachers alongside Court 8. But Hartfield slowly took control as Ginepri's unforced errors mounted, and the final score was 6-4, 1-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

Federer, Sharapova, Venus Williams Advance

Roger Federer overcame some late trouble Wednesday to reach the third round at the French Open, beating Thierry Ascione of France, 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (8).

Federer, bidding for a fourth straight major title and a career Grand Slam, broke his unseeded opponent twice to open both of the first two sets. He added another break in the third set.

The 10-time Grand Slam champion wasn't perfect, however. He was broken while serving for the match at 5-4, wasting two match points.

"Conditions were shocking," said Federer, who played until 9:15 p.m. "I hate playing into (dusk). I can hardly see the ball."

Federer then needed four match points in the tiebreaker - and had to save Ascione's two set points.

Maria Sharapova reached the second round by beating Emilie Loit of France, 6-3, 7-6 (4).

The second-ranked Russian wasted seven break points in the first game of the match, but then converted both of her opportunities in the third and fifth games.

"My shoulder is still not where I want it to be. It's still not perfect," Sharapova said. "I don't think I've had a more serious injury."

Loit served for the second set at 6-5, but Sharapova earned her second break of the set to force the tiebreaker.

Venus Williams reached the third round, beating Ashley Harkleroad of the United States, 6-1, 7-6 (8).

Serving at 4-1, 30-love in the second set, Williams smacked the fastest recorded serve in a women's main-draw match at 206 kph (128 mph). She noticed the readout on the court's radar meter and let out a laugh, cracking her concentration. "I loved it," she said. "I just lost a bit of focus there, for sure."

In the tiebreaker, Harkleroad had five set points.

Williams will next face No. 4 Jelena Jankovic.

Top-ranked Justine Henin also reached the third round, beating Tamira Paszek of Austria, 7-5, 6-1, in a rain-interrupted match. Serena Williams' second-round match against Milagros Sequera was postponed.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 U.S. Open champion, defeated Katerina Bychkova of Russia, 6-0, 6-3, in the first round.

Anastasia Myskina, the 2004 French Open champion, was beaten by Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States, 6-1, 6-0.

Associated Press writer Chris Lehourites contributed to this report.