Posted by Barrie on Sunday, 23 May 2010

Svetlana Kuznetsova Safely Through to Round Two

Women's defending champion at the French Open, Svetlana Kuznetsova recovered from a slow start to comfortably progress into round two.

Her opponent, Romania's Sorana Cirstea made a quick start to the match, leading 3-0 in the opening set with Kuznetsova making a handful of errors. The Russian got herself into the match shortly after, taking 6 consecutive games to take the opening set.

After that, Cirstea was short of ideas but for ambitious, low-percentage shot attempts that she wasn't pulling off. Sorana Cirstea has certainly become erratic since twelve months ago when she reached the quarter final in Paris. Today, she did not want to rally with the defending champion and allowed the Russian to dismantle her.

What had the potential on paper to be a difficult opening match, Svetlana Kuznetsova didn't look comfortable to begin with but had problems moving into round two in the end, a 6-3 6-1 winner. She enters this tournament as seventh favourite and will need to find some form that was lacking coming into this competition if she wants to defend her title.

Svetlana Kuznetsova will meet either Elena Vesnina or Andrea Petkovic in round two.

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