PARIS, France - French Open doubles play got underway Wednesday, and two players with fond memories in singles here teamed up for an upset win.
Francesca Schiavone and Samantha Stosur each reached their first Grand Slam final at the 2010 French Open, with the Italian going on to victory. Though they are quite familiar with each other, having squared off a combined 20 times in singles and doubles, this is just their fourth WTA event as a duo. And while they had just three match wins coming into this week, two of them were over Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
In their opener here, Schiavone and Stosur squared off with former doubles World No.1 Liezel Huber and former doubles World No.4 María José Martínez Sánchez. Schiavone and Stosur had little trouble with the No.5 seeds, going on to a 61 63 triumph to set up a second round encounter with Kimiko Date-Krumm and Arantxa Parra Santonja.
No.3 seeds Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik, No.4 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, No.9 seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke and No.13 seeds Zhang Shuai and Zheng Jie all were victorious in their first round matches.
Petrova and Srebotnik surrendered the fewest games of the seeds, recording a 63 60 rout of Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova. Fresh off their second WTA title as a pairing last week in Brussels, Groenefeld and Peschke beat Kiki Bertens and Tatjana Maria, 64 64.