Sharapova did not start the French Open in the best way making 21 unforced errors. Sharapova ended up dropping her serve once in each set in a 6-2, 6-4 win over the 50th ranked Kaia Kanepi. Bookmakers Software had Maria Sharapova a heavy favorite, and deservedly so even with her mishaps she still came away the clear victor as evidenced by the score.
Sharapova could have been under the weather because she was seen coughing at times. Kanepi took advantage of this by attacking her forehand with a powerful groundstroke. At the end Kanepi lost by a double fault in the last point against Sharapova.
The former #2 Agnieszka Radwanska who Sportsbook Software also had as a heavy favorite did not have so much luck. She lost her first round matchup 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 to Annika Beck. This marked the first time since her 2007 debut at the clay court Grand Slam that she has lost in the first round.
“Maybe I’m getting older,” said the 26-year-old Radwanska. “I just want to forget about that and focus on grass.”
The eighth seeded Carla Suarez Navarro poses a threat to Sharapova in the quarterfinals if they both get that far. Carla Suarez Navarro made easy work of her matchup going 6-2, 6-2 against the 67th ranked Monica Niculescu of Romania.
“I’m much more confident indeed compared to last year,” said Suarez Navarro, who lost in the last-eight last year. “One of the big differences between this years versus last year is mentally. I know what I’m doing.”
Carla Suarez has been a quarterfinalist last year and in her Open debut in 2008. The 26th seed Stosur is also returning to form. She has reunited with her ex Coach David Taylor and it seems to have been paying dividends. After winning only 8 matches in 2015 she made a decision to play in Strasbourg. There she claimed her first title this year.
Cornet, after 5 attempts earned her first victory to the delight of the partisan home crowd on center court.
After the first set, “I told myself, ‘Ooh la la. I’m going to fail yet again,'” Cornet said. “A super victory for me.”
Sabine Lisicki came out strong and will try to make it to at least to the fourth round where she has failed in the past at the French Open.
Lisicki was smooth sailing in her 6-3, 6-2 victory over Monica Puig.