Thursday 14 December 2017

French Open: Ivanovic off to french flyer

Ana Ivanovic, the 2008 French champion, blew kisses to the crowd after making short work of Spanish qualifier Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino in her opening match.

The Serbian former world No 1, seeded 13th, finished off a 59-minute 6-1 6-1 demolition with an ace.

Australian Samantha Stosur, seeded sixth, was also in a hurry, taking just over an hour to dismiss Britain's Elena Baltacha 6-4 6-0.

Stosur, runner-up here in 2010, was happy to be back on red clay in Paris after players criticised the blue clay surface introduced at the Madrid Open this month, saying it was slippery.

"It's nice to be on a real clay court again," Stosur said. "I think that's one of the things that's annoyed a lot of people is that you're on a clay court but you can't play real clay-court tennis."

American Irina Falconi awaits in round two after a 3-6 6-3 6-1 win over Romania's Edina Gallovits-Hall.

Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez battled all the way to beat Czech Eva Birnerova 4-6 6-4 8-6, while American Melanie Oudin beat Sweden's Johanna Larsson 6-3 6-3.

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