Top seed Dinara Safina of Russia powered into the second round of Roland Garros without losing a game to British world No.48 Anne Keothavong.
Some of us thought Keothavong could challenge Safina, as she was semifinalist at last week’s claycourt event in Warsaw, but the in-form world No.1 is silencing the critics more and more after each match. The last year’s runner-up needed just over an hour to end Keothavong’s Roland Garros debut.
“You have to find a way to laugh about it. What else is there to do? I’m sure there will be jokes about it, but I can take it,” said the 25-year-old Keothavong, who last week became the first British woman in 26 years to make the semifinals of a WTA event.
“When we shook hands, she said: ‘At least you could have given me one game’,” revealed Safina.
Compatriot Vitalia Diatchenko will be Safina’s opponent in the second round. (via AFP, photo by our reader Elisa)