Caroline Cruises In Opener
Published May 24, 2010 12:00
PARIS, France - She had lost five of her last eight matches coming in, largely thanks to the ankle injury she suffered in the semifinals of Charleston. But Caroline Wozniacki didn't appear to be too troubled in her first match of the French Open, rolling past Alla Kudryavtseva in 69 minutes, 60 63.
Wozniacki, playing at the highest Grand Slam seeding of her young career - No.3 - hit 13 winners to nine unforced errors against the explosive Kudryavtseva, who had recorded big wins before, most notably beating Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon two years ago when her fellow Russian was No.2 in the world.
"I have strategy on my opponents but it's also important that I stick to my own game plan and not focus too much on them," Wozniacki said afterwards. "It's nice to know just a few things in case it's not going the right way, though."
Wozniacki rolled her ankle sliding to a drop shot in the semis of Charleston last month, and a string of early losses followed - pre-quarterfinal exits at Stuttgart, Rome and Madrid and another retirement - same injury - in Warsaw last week.
"It felt much better today. I felt really good, actually," Wozniacki said of her ankle. "I had good support with the tape on it today, so I'm really happy about that. I'm just going to take it one match at a time. There's a lot going on."
Wozniacki also commented on the high seed - her previous best seed was No.4 at this year's Australian Open, where she made the fourth round.
"I really like it. You get to play on the big courts with the nice crowds. It's a great thing. It means you've done well throughout the year and made so many good results. I just want to do as well as I can every match."
Next up for Wozniacki is Tathiana Garbin, who rallied back to beat Kristina Barrois, 16 76(7) 63. The Italian veteran didn't save any match points but was flirting with danger, facing break points at 4-all and 5-all in the second set and being two points away from losing at 5-5, 6-6 and 7-7 in the breaker.
Garbin has had big wins before, right on these courts too - in 2004 she beat Justine Henin in the second round, the Belgian's only loss here since 2002.
Wozniacki and Garbin will be playing each other for the first time.