Muguruza begins French Open defence with win over Schiavone

The British star begins against Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov and could face risky Juan Martin del Potro, who is playing Paris for the first time in five years, in the third round.

Defending men and women's champions Novak Djokovic and Garbine Muguruza got off to winning starts at the French Open yesterday, with the Serb cruising past Spain's Marcel Granollers and Muguruza seeing off 2010 victor Francesca Schiavone.

At the beginning of the year Francesca Schiavone had said she would call it a career at the end of the year, but now after her loss to Garbine Muguruza at the Roland Garros she is not so sure of it.

The 17-year-old Fourlis, who is ranked 337th in the world and was appearing in only her second ever slam, lost the first set but raced into a 4-1 lead in the second against the 11th-seeded Wozniacki.

Back on the court where he completed his career Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic showed no sign of the crisis of confidence that has affected his game since winning Roland Garros previous year.

In a completely dominant performance, Nadal broke the Frenchman eight times to surge into a round two meeting with Dutchman Robin Haase.

"Just extremely happy to give myself a chance to be still in the tournament, and I'm sure I will come back better". Nadal stormed out of the blocks, taking the first set in a 24-minute onslaught that saw him win 11 out of 12 points on his thunderous first serve. "He's an uncomfortable opponent that already he had some good victories this year", added Nadal.

He got his tournament off to an nearly ideal start yesterday, rapidly dispatching the experienced clay-courter Paire 6-1 6-4 6-1.

Under watchful eye of new coach Andre Agassi, Djokovic looked his comfortable self as he begins quest to defend the title he won a year ago in fourth attempt.

"It's great to have Andre Agassi as coach and as a mentor".

The Serbian is bidding to become the first man to have won each of the four Grand Slams at least twice in the Open Era.

"I just played very bad games on my serve", he admitted after his 6-3 6-4 6-2 win.

For her, the 2010 champion and 2011 runner-up Schiavone had many unbelievable moments. The fourth seed is to meet Estonia's Anett Kontaveit for a place in round 3. "Not only that, Francesca is a legend and I was very excited to play her", said Muguruza. The conditions countered last year's first week - nippy, wet and generally unpleasant for all involved. "That's the only thing that wasn't great for me". That's what brings me confidence. "She's still playing, and fitter than most of the players", Muguruza said of Schiavone.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova has been under the radar in the build-up because of her relative lack of success on clay but the Czech made a solid start, beating Zheng Saisai 7-5 6-2.

He was not the only seed to get through, albeit Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic and David Goffin had much easier opening matches.

Raonic fired 15 aces and 44 winners to book a meeting with Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva, who saved two match points before overcoming Mikhail Youzhny of Russian Federation in five sets.

American and No. 14 seed Jack Sock was shocked in his opener by Jiri Vesely in straight sets, while other upsets were Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili dismissing No. 31 Gilles Simon in four, and Italy's Stefano Napolitano coming from a set down to oust No. 32 Mischa Zverev.

  • Julie Sanders