PARIS, France – The top seeded teams stayed on course at the French Open on the second day of doubles play on Thursday, with No.3 seeds Chan Yung-Jan and Martina Hingis leading the pack into round two.
Hingis and Chan were the heavy favorites leading into Roland Garros – the pair joined forces at the start of the Middle East swing and snapped up two of the season’s three Premier Mandatories (Indian Wells and Madrid), as well as completing the Madrid-Rome double.
They proved their might against the unseeded duo of Naomi Broady and Maria Sanchez, dropping just three games en route to a comprehensive 6-0, 6-3 victory.
The No.1 seeds also had little trouble in their Roland Garros opener; Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova overpowered crowd favorite Alizé Cornet and partner Elise Mertens, 6-1, 6-2.
Meanwhile, defending champion Kristina Mladenovic got her title defense going with new partner Svetlana Kuznetsova, but faced some tough resistance from British-American duo Heather Watson and Shelby Rogers.
After trailing down a break for much of the opening set, the No.14 seeds Kuznetsova and Mladenovic finally turned it around at the very end. They broke back at 5-5 to level the score, reeling off six games in a row to edge through the close first set and open the second with a break.
Watson and Rogers halted their momentum, though, breaking back to put themselves back on level terms and steamrolling through the last three games to take the second set and force a decider.
They started the third with another break, but Mladenovic and Kuznetsova quickly erased it, and Mladenovic’s smart hands at the net earned them a second to give them their first lead since the opening set. They powered through to wrap up the match after just under two hours to make their way into round two, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.
Other seeds joining them in the second round are Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson. The No.13 seeds had little trouble against French duo Giulia Morlet and Diane Parry, 6-1 6-1. No.9 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yifan knocked out Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai, 6-2, 6-3.
It wasn’t smooth sailing for all the seeds, however – the No.10 team of Raquel Atawo and Jelena Ostapenko were upset in three sets by the all-Russian duo of Daria Kasatkina and Irina Khromacheva, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4.