PARIS, France - No.12 seed Madison Keys never faced a break point in a dominant display to defeat Ashleigh Barty, 6-3, 6-2 to begin her French Open in just over an hour on Tuesday.
The American reached the fourth round in Paris last year, but had been winless on clay in three previous tournaments this season.
Said Keys: "Especially in the first set, she was serving really well and I had just a handful of opportunities to break, and I didn't quite get my teeth into all of those, but I was really happy with how I played in the second set especially - looking to come forward and all of that. Overall, I'm really happy."
"I think I'm kind of getting there," the American added on her comeback from wrist surgery. "It's frustrating when you feel great except for one small part...but I just wanted to get back and start competing again."
Also winning for the seeds on Tuesday to close out the first round were Barbora Strycova and Carla Suárez Navarro. The No.20 seed Strycova won the last seven games against American Alison Riske, 6-3, 6-0, while the No.21 seeded Spaniard saw off Greece's Maria Sakkari, 6-4, 6-2.
Elsewhere on the seeded front, No.26 seed Daria Kasatkina edged a tight opening round encounter against former US Open semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer, 7-5, 6-4, while No.28 seed Caroline Garcia also kicked off her tournament in straight sets.
The Frenchwoman never trailed in defeating Japan's Nao Hibino, 6-2, 6-2.
"It was by no means an easy match," Garcia said. "She didn't give me the points. Some of the points I really had to fight hard for. Some of the rallies were quite long, so I proceeded step by step, and I'm quite satisfied."
Garcia has not been past the second round at her home major in her previous six career appearances.
"I don't think I have to prove anything to anyone," she said. "It's not the case this year. It has never been the case before. I'm here to play match after match. If I can go far into the tournament, great. I'm happy because I can be myself. Again, I want to go as far as possible. If I can go far this year, well, then great. I'm all for it."
Unseeded Alizé Cornet won her fifth straight first round match at her home major, but it was not without drama as the Frenchwoman let a late lead slip in the second set only to bounce back to defeat Timea Babos in three sets, 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-2.
Cornet led 6-2, 5-3 when she served for the match, and held a match point on Babos' serve at 5-4 in the second, but needed a decider to claim victory.
The 27-year-old improved to 10-3 in her career in first round matches at the French Open.
"I came here without many victories," Cornet said. "Unlike last year, I feel that I'm pretty confident. I have, you know, been hitting some very, very good balls. So I think I'm in a very positive momentum right now. I'm not panicked at all. I think I can play well.
"If I can really develop my tennis -- I know it's there; it's pretty close -- then I think I can go further into the tournament."
Rounding out the day, Eugenie Bouchard rebounded from a slow start to take down Japan's Risa Ozaki to set up a meeting with No.17 seed Anastasija Sevastova, who eased past Annika Beck, 6-2, 6-4.
Bouchard made 24 unforced errors in the opening set to just 11 winners against Ozaki, but cleaned up her game significantly to end with 37 winners and 41 unforced.
"I have played her a few times," Bouchard said. "She's been playing really well lately. I think she's a tricky player, slice, mixing up, slow balls. An all-around player, I guess. I just have to be ready for everything - play my aggressive game but also have patience, which I had a bit more today in the second and third."