Italian fifth seed Francesca Schiavone began the defence of her French Open crown with a confident 6-2 6-0 victory over world No.88 Melanie Oudin.
The 19-year-old American, who became famous during her 2009 Wimbledon and US Open runs which she hasn’t been able to repeat ever since, was tipped as a possible test for Schiavone. However, she won only two games against the defending champion, and hit six winners to Schiavone’s 25.
Schiavone’s opponent in the second round will be either Anne Keothavong or Vesna Dolonts.
If you think Schiavone has a chance to repeat her last year’s extraordinary feat and win the French Open, vote for her in our poll. (photo: Stephane Martinache)