Hantuchova Moves On, No.1 & No.3 Win Too
Published May 23, 2011 12:00
PARIS, France - World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki got off to a flying start in her quest for her first Grand Slam title, cruising past Kimiko Date-Krumm in the first round of the French Open under fading light Monday, 60 62.
Wozniacki, seeded No.1 for a third consecutive major, reeled off the first seven games of the match before Date-Krumm held serve to level to 1-all in the second set. The 40-year-old Japanese held serve again to make it 2-all but Wozniacki pulled away again from there and wrapped it up in exactly an hour.
"It was a good start to the tournament for me. Last time I played Kimiko it was a little bit longer match," said Wozniacki, who came back from a set and a break down to win their only prior meeting. "Kimiko plays a different kind of tennis and it was difficult for me to play the way I wanted to, but I came out as a winner and I'm happy to be through to the next round. I'm looking forward to it."
Next up will be Aleksandra Wozniak, who went as high as No.21 two years ago but has been hampered by injury recently. The Canadian, a qualifier in the draw, scored a 61 61 win earlier against another Japanese, Junri Namigata.
"It was okay," the former Top 5 player said. "I know I could have played much better, but at the same time I just did what I needed to do, and it was a good test. I'm feeling very good, especially in practice, and I also played some good tennis last week. Hopefully my form can just go higher each match."
Next up for Hantuchova will be Sara Errani, who pulled a Houdini act against American teenager Christina McHale in the most dramatic match of the day, rallying from a 5-0 third set deficit to reach the second round, 67(4) 62 97.
There were two upsets as the first round continued, as Anastasia Rodionova beat No.26 seed Nadia Petrova, 67(5) 63 64, and Taiwanese qualifier Chan Yung-Jan surprised No.31 seed Klara Zakopalova, 75 61.