Martina Hingis reaches second round in Paris
The former world champion won the first set of the French Open, the only Grand Slam title missing in her kitty.india Updated: May 30, 2006 16:24 IST
Former world number one Martina Hingis fired the first shot in her bid to claim the only Grand Slam title missing from her collection on Tuesday, advancing to the second round of the French Open in straight sets.
Playing in her first French Open since her semi-final loss in 2001 the Swiss player eased past US veteran Lisa Raymond, 6-2, 6-2 in 54 minutes.
The 25-year-old looked at ease on a chilly Philippe Chatrier court where she finished runner-up in 1997 and 1999, easily outclassing her 32-year-old opponent for the seventh time in their eight meetings.
Hingis broke early to rush to a 3-0 lead taking the first set in 26 minutes.
She staved off break points in the third and fifth games of the second set to take the tie on her second match point.
Seeded 12th, Hingis has shot up the rankings from 349th to 15th since her return in January at the Gold Coast after three years retirement following injury.
A winner of five Grand Slam titles, she is bidding to complete her collection in a tournament where she was youngest junior Grand Slam winner in 1993.
And capturing her 41st career title on clay in Rome earlier this month has boosted her.
Hingis next meets either German Julia Scruff or Czech Zuzana Ondraskova for a place in the third round.