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Stosur cruises through first round at French Open

Last year's finalist, Samantha Stosur of Australia, strolled past Czech Iveta Benesova 6-2 6-3 to reach the second round of the French Open today.

india Updated: May 22, 2011 16:18 IST
Reuters

Last year's finalist, Samantha Stosur of Australia, strolled past Czech Iveta Benesova 6-2 6-3 to reach the second round of the French Open on Sunday.

The eighth seeded Stosur was broken in the first game, but opened up a 4-1 lead and clinched the first set on her opponent's serve as she proved more consistent from the baseline on a sunbathed court Philippe Chatrier.

Stosur then broke in the sixth game of the second set and held serve to wrap up a straightforward win after 68 minutes, when Benesova netted a routine backhand. She will next face Romanian Simona Halep, who beat Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2 6-1.

First Published: May 22, 2011 16:14 IST