PARIS, France - No.2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska raced through her first round match with Bojana Jovanovski, playing bright tennis under a gloomy sky to win, 6-0, 6-2, and set up a second round meeting with Caroline Garcia at the French Open.
Radwanska hadn't played a match since losing in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open to Dominika Cibulkova, but it was an even longer lay-off for Jovanovski, who had been off the tour since St. Petersburg in February. As the Serb struggled to find her range, Radwanska soared, hitting 22 winners to just nine unforced errors, breaking serve five times and saving all three break points on her own serve to advance in straight sets on Philippe Chatrier Court.
"It was cold and windy," she said in her post-match press conference, describing the less than idea conditions on the court. "That's why it was a little bit slow and the ball is not going anywhere.
"I think we all kind of used to that after couple of days here. The conditions are same for both of us."
Over on Court 1, Garcia fought off both the demons from her first round loss in 2015 and a surging Lesia Tsurenko to win, 6-3, 7-5.
"I had no specific expectations," she said after the match. "However, when I made it on the court today I just wanted to do my best. I played with using my strengths.
"It wasn't a super match, but I think we waged the tough battle. I think I'm quite happy, and I'm looking forward to the next round."
Sporting a heavily strapped left thigh, Tsurenko nonetheless recovered from losing the opening set to take a 5-2 lead in the second, getting within points of a decider. With the crowd behind the young Frenchwoman, Garcia swept the final five games to win her fifth match in a row following her title run at the Internationaux de Strasbourg last week.
"In Strasbourg I played very well. I learned about myself. I have worked hard, day after day, week after week. It has been a long process. Takes a lot of time.
"But my game has improved, and this is a very important tournament. We're in France. I wanted to do something. I think I was quite good at managing my stress. I managed to stay very focused, and each point counted."
Radwanska and Garcia have played thrice before; though the Pole has won two of their three previous meetings, all have gone the distance.
"That's for sure going to be different match. I guess she's on fire winning last week. She's a good hitter and we had couple of good matches, long ones.
"So, well, just looking forward. Going to be a good match, especially here where she's playing at home."
"I think I'm getting better. Of course I was doing everything in those last couple of weeks to move better. I think that's the key on clay."