Ukrainian sensation Marta Kostyuk was among the early winners on the first day of qualifying action at the French Open.
WTA Staff
May 22, 2018

PARIS, France - Ukrainian sensation Marta Kostyuk was among 15 first-round winners on the first day of women's qualifying action at the French Open on Tuesday.

The unseeded 15-year-old outlasted Japan's Eri Hozumi, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the first step to reaching her second Grand Slam main draw of the season.

In Melbourne, Kostyuk successfully qualified and reached the third round, before falling to compatriot Elina Svitolina. 

"I had to fight really hard and I did show my fighting spirit. I was under unbelievable pressure and my confidence hasn’t been so good either," Kostyuk told rolandgarros.com after the match.

"I lost three matches in a row [in Madrid, Prague and Stuttgart] before this. I had to prove to myself that I could win, so this is a very big step for me."

Arantxa Rus, Roland Garros qualifying (©Jimmie48/WTA)
Arantxa Rus, who reached the fourth round at the French Open six years ago, was also among the early winners. (©Jimmie48/WTA)

The highest-ranked player in action at Stade Roland Garros on Tuesday is one with happy memories at the event, as No.3 seed Arantxa Rus got her tournament started with a 6-3, 6-0 win over France's Manon Arcangioli.

The 27-year-old World No.106 reached the fourth round in Paris back in 2012 in what is her best Grand Slam result to date, and she also upset then-World No.2 Kim Clijsters at the French Open the previous year.

Rus' effort heralded a near-perfect day for the seeds, as other early winners included No.4 seed Anna Blinkova, No.8 seed Nicole Gibbs, No.10 seed Evgenia Rodina, No.11 seed Sara Sorribes Tormo, No.17 seed Caroline Dolehide, No.22 seed Richel Hogenkamp all advanced with straight sets victories.

Two more teenagers also joined Kostyuk and 19-year-olds Blinkova and Dolehide in the second qualifying round, as former US Open junior champion Maria Bouzkova and former junior girls' runner-up in Paris Anna Kalinskaya also advanced. 

Caroline Dolehide, Roland Garros qualifying (©Jimmie48/WTA)
Caroline Dolehide dispatched compatriot Irina Falconi, 6-4, 6-3 to win her first qualifying match in Paris. (©Jimmie48/WTA)

The lone seeded player to fall in first-round action was No.16 seed Francoise Abanda of Canada, who qualified and reached the second round of the match draw a year ago - as she was upset by Italy's Martina Trevisan, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

The sunny skies quickly disappated, however, as the day's remaining matches were postponed due to rain.

One of seven matches to not get through to its conclusion featured 2011 champion Francesca Schiavone, as she and Canada's Carol Zhao split sets before the rain came, 6-4, 3-6.