PARIS, France – No.9 seed Agnieszka Radwanska made a winning return to action on Tuesday to reach the second round at the French Open.
In her first match after being sidelined for five weeks due to a right foot injury – which saw her crash out of Stuttgart and miss Madrid and Rome earlier in the clay season – Radwanska eased past Fiona Ferro in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1 in just over an hour.
“It has been a very tough few weeks, months this year, and I struggled on my body (injuries), as well,” Radwanska told press after the match. “I had some time off, and practicing few days just before Paris.
“I think every match matters. I'm just very happy to really play solid tennis today. Happy with the two-set win.”
Ferro, a 20-year-old French wildcard who was playing in just her sixth tour-level main draw event, found herself out of her depths against the No.10-ranked Pole.
Radwanska spread the court with her trademark touch, dragging Ferro out wide with her slice before catching her flat-footed with a dropshot. Despite facing an early break point against her serve, Radwanska held firm and hit back to break Ferro twice, building up a 5-0 lead.
The French fans on Court 2 cheered when Ferro got on the score board and avoided the bagel, but Radwanska silenced them in the next game as she wrapped up the opening set with little problems.
The same pattern emerged in the second set; Ferro was still unable to find answers to Radwanska’s famously tricky game and quickly found herself down a double break, 4-0. Ferro held serve in the fifth game, but once again couldn’t get going against the Pole’s serve.
After a comfortable hour and seven minutes on court, Radwanska made her way into the second round, where she’s set to face Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck.
“I just had one match on the clay court, and obviously that's not much,” Radwanska said. “So like I said, every match matters, and hopefully I'll have a couple good ones here.”