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Stosur into second round as rain hits Paris

THE weather badly affected yesterday's French Open schedule, with nearly four hours lost to rain, but former finalist Sam Stosur beat the weather to march into the second round in Paris.

The Australian, who lost to Francesca Schiavone in the final in 2010, has an excellent recent record at Roland Garros having reached at least the semi-finals in three of the last four years.

Yesterday, Stosur was up against the remarkable 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm but it was not a good afternoon for the Japanese player, who failed to win a game until she was 6-0 3-0 down.

She then rallied, but ninth seed Stosur was only held up briefly as she eased to a 6-0 6-2 victory in an hour and four minutes.

The rain, which had delayed the start of play for more than two and a half hours, then returned to Paris. With so much time lost, matches scheduled later in the day began to be cancelled.

In the men's section, Australian Bernard Tomic bowed out and later spoke about the controversy surrounding his father for the first time, saying: "He's still my Dad, he's still my coach, and I love him a lot."

John Tomic is awaiting trial in Madrid for the alleged assault of his son's hitting partner, Thomas Drouet, in the Spanish capital earlier this month. Tomic Sr has been suspended from all ATP tournaments and barred from the French Open.

Tomic will be heading home to Monte Carlo with his father today after going out of the tournament, but yesterday's result had more to do with a hamstring injury than any effects of his off-court troubles.

The 20-year-old felt a tear in his right leg on only the second point and eventually withdrew trailing 7-5 7-6 (10/8) 2-1.