Australia’s sixth-seeded Sam Stosur won her opening round matchup to cruise into the next phase of the French Open in Paris. She defeated Britain’s Elena Baltacha in straight sets, winning 6-4 6-0 in just 61 minutes of action. Stosur will go on to play young American Irina Falconi in the next round.
Stosur’s English opponent wasn’t anywhere near her level and she got off to a quick start by winning the first three games. In the ninth game Stosur made her only real mistake, falling for two unforced errors and committing a double-fault, but recovered some after to win the first set before dominating the second.
Tougher competitors will come. Baltacha, the World No.68, had only once before advanced past the opening round of the French tournament
"It's a bit of an early start, but always nice to get through it now," said Stosur.
"You have the whole day and whatever else to recover and, yeah, enjoy."
In other results, Svetlana Kuznetsova, a winner of the French Open as recently as 2009, came in as the 26th seed but won comfortably 6-1 6-3 against Mirjana Lucic of Croatia.
Venus Williams also needed three sets to obtain victory in her late matchup, defeating Paula Ormaechea of Argentina, 4-6 6-1 6-3.
A shock start in the men’s, former World No.1 Andy Roddick departed in the first round and blasted the red clay courts as he exited the tournament.
Roddick has struggled with injury in 2012, winning just seven of 16 matches, and was again hampered by a hamstring issue today. He fell to 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-2 to Frenchman Nicolas Mahut and said that his movement was off, a factor that the clay court produced.
No.5 seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga also had to overcome an early disadvantage. He dropped the first set to Russian qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov 1-6 but went on to win the next three 6-3 6-2 6-4.