PARIS, France - No.11 seed Caroline Wozniacki hardly broke a sweat against a Canadian qualifier to storm into the third round of Roland Garros.
Wozniacki needed just 52 minutes to drop a double bagel on Francoise Abanda and move on in Paris, where she’ll face CiCi Bellis.
“I think I'm feeling pretty good,” Wozniacki said in her post-match press conference. “I think, you know, clay isn't my favorite surface of all surfaces, but at the same time, I feel like I'm hitting the ball well.
“I felt I played really well today, and hopefully I can just keep going. I felt like I have been very comfortable and confident all season, so hopefully I can just keep that going in the second half of the season.”
Earlier in the week, the Dane faced a titanic struggle in her first round match, needing three sets and over two hours to see off the No.337-ranked Australian wildcard Jaimee Fourlis. Now with a match under her belt in Paris, Wozniacki got going much quicker against Abanda.
Wozniacki kept things simple against the 20-year-old Canadian qualifier, who started off tentative and looked decidedly out of her depths on Court 2. Wozniacki played patient and aggressive, striking 16 winners past Abanda but waiting for her opponent to misfire – which happened often and at crucial times.
Abanda couldn’t find a way to defend her serve against Wozniacki’s steady assault, dropping serve six times as Wozniacki calmly brought up eight break chances total.
The Canadian’s lone break opportunity came late in the match, already a love set and 4-0 down. But her groundstrokes misfired at the worst time, and three backhand errors in a row saw Wozniacki erase the threat of a break and stay on track.
After 52 minutes on court, Wozniacki calmly served out the match – aided by four more of Abanda’s unforced errors in a row, to bring the Canadian’s total count to 30 against Wozniacki’s nine.
In her post-match press conference, Abanda, who was making her Roland Garros debut, cited the toll of playing through qualifying as a factor in her defeat.
“Caroline played quite well. She was smart,” she said. “I think that she played her second match; I played five matches. Physically, I couldn't sustain the challenge.
“I hope that I will be able to qualify for the main draw. It's very difficult to get out of a qualifying tournament and to have a deep run in the final draw.”