PARIS, France - Sania Mirza and Yaroslava Shvedova were the highest-seeded team to be bundled out of the French Open on the first day of doubles play on Wednesday, as the No.4 seeds were sent out by Daria Gavrilova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 7-6(5), 1-6, 6-2.
Mirza, a runner-up in doubles in Paris in 2011, and Shvedova, a 2015 finalist, were contesting their first Grand Slam as a team since joining forces in the spring.
Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova led the charge for the rest of the seeded teams. The No.2 seeded Russian pairing kicked off their tournament with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Margot Yerolymos and Fiona Ferro, and were joined in round two by No.5 seeds Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova, 6-3, 6-0 winners over another French pairing, Tessah Andrianjafitrimo and Amandine Hesse.
Czech No.6 seeds Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova had the toughest road to the second round of any of the top 10 seeds on Wednesday, as they needed over two and a half hours to defeat Americans Nicole Melichar and Lauren Davis, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(2).
Though unseeded, three-time major finalists Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty were in strong form to begin their campaign, dropping just two games to the French pairing of Virginie Razzano and Marine Partaud.
The Aussies will face Australian Open semifinalists and No.18 seeds Miyu Kato and Eri Hozumi, who advanced past Americans Taylor Townsend and Asia Muhammad in straight sets.
A wildcard team did give the home fans something to cheer about, however, as Chloe Paquet and Myrtille Georges upset No.11 seeds Kveta Pescke and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Paquet had herself a banner 48 hours at her home Grand Slam, as she was the lone French women's wildcard to win her first round in singles when she came from a set down to defeat Kristyna Pliskova on Tuesday.
Also advancing on Wednesday were No.12 seeds Chan Hao-ching and Barbora Krejcikova, who dropped just two games to Annika Beck and Renata Voracova; No.15 seeds Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who came from a set down to defeat Sorana Cirstea and Donna Vekic; and No.17 seeds Darija Jurak and Anastasia Rodionova, who also needed three sets to defeat Mona Barthel and Carina Witthoeft.
In marathon matches between pairs of unseeded teams, Nao Hibino and Alijcia Rosolska rebounded from a first set bagel to defeat CoCo Vandeweghe and Jelena Jankovic, 0-6, 7-6, 7-6(10), while Ana Konjuh and Magda Linette defeated the Kichenok twins, Nadiya and Lyudmyla, in nearly three hours, 6-7(7), 6-2, 7-6(4).