Garbine Muguruza comes through against Francesca Schiavone in Paris
- Author: Julie Sanders May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 9:39
Defending French Open champion Garbine Muguruza insists last year's win has not given her confidence heading into the 2017 tournament.
Fourth seed Muguruza went into the match having won only three times on clay this season, but she cruised through the first set.
But the Dane, making her 10th appearance at Roland Garros, showed her greater experience at key moments, winning both her breaks points in the opening set while the Australian converted just one out of five. The acceleration in achieving No.1 ranking was no doubt down to the intermittent help from his legendary coach Ivan Lendl, who is back for Roland Garros.
Since beating Andy Murray in last year's final, Djokovic has failed to add any more major titles to his collection.
Agassi looked on from the player's box on court Philippe Chatrier on Monday, smiling when his charge won an epic 38-shot rally in the first set.
Fourlis managed to save two of three match points on her serve before Wozniacki triumphed 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. At 6ft tall, the elegant No4 seed, wearing an equally elegant French-inspired white dress, pounded the ball past Schiavone to break in the first game, and broke again for a 3-0 lead.
Playing her first French Open and only her second grand slam after reaching the second round of her home major in January, Fourlis refused to be overawed, keeping up a running commentary with her courtside entourage and the umpire.
Garbine Muguruza and Novak Djokovic will start the defense of their titles at the French Open on Monday.
- Germany's Zverev lost the first set but battled back to win the second before play was called off for the day with the score at 4-6 6-3. That doesn't make me extra confident this year.
After top seed Angelique Kerber went down in the opening round on Sunday, Muguruza became the leading seed remaining in the top half of the draw.
Meanwhile, Kiki Bertens recovered from a set down to beat Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
- Gasquet, who reached the quarter-finals past year, hit 46 winners on his way to a comfortable victory and will face either Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili or Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic in the second round.
Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova is safely through to the second round after a straight sets victory over Zheng Saisai of China.
- Australia's Samantha Stosur, the women's number 23 seed, put in a powerful performance against Slovakia's Kristina Kucova, winning 7-5 6-1.