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A breezy beginning

india Updated: May 24, 2011 01:24 IST
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It took Sania Mirza just 75 minutes to advance to the next round of the French Open. Playing on Court 6 on Monday afternoon, Paris time, the sole Indian in the women's singles draw dissected Germany's Kristina Barrois's game, and claimed a 6-3, 6-3 victory. This is the only second time that Sania has managed to make it to the second round in her five attempts at Roland Garros.

Sania made the most of the time on court to get used to the red clay. With her trademark forehands finding the mark on most occasions, Sania changed her style of play at times by attempting to come to the net. The approach cost her a few points as she made 26 unforced errors in all - six more than her German opponent.

With seven double faults also to her name, Sania will need to clean up her game a lot more in the next round. However, the way she wrong footed Barrois on a number of occasions, made up for the negatives. The trademark forehands created havoc as Barrois had no idea how to tackle them.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/24_05_11_pg23a.jpg

"I was written off, I'd dropped outside 150 in the rankings. At the start of the year I was 160, I think, and my goal was to be in the main draw at the French Open. I've achieved one goal so far," said Sania.

Ranked No. 72, she will next play Agnieszka Radwanska, the 12th seed. The only thing on her mind will be to break the second round jinx at Paris!