Samantha Stosur has ended Australia’s horror start to the French Open after taking out her opening round clash overnight.
The Gold Coast girl, who was coming off a title win in Strasbourg, took on Slovakian Kristina Kucova in day two action.
Stosur was a little sluggish in the opening set but still triumphed 7-5 6-1 in one hour and 19 minutes.
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Stosur believes her experience was what helped provide a much needed boost.
“I’ve obviously had great results here in the past. It’s a surface that I enjoy playing on,” Stosur said.
“Even up until last week I still felt like I was playing well throughout the clay season and was getting better and better as the weeks were going on and I guess I proved that to myself.”
Stosur next faces either Kirsten Flipkens or Mandy Minella for a place in the last 32.
It was the first victory for Australia’s 11-strong singles contingent after first-round defeats over the opening two days for Daria Gavrilova, Ajla Tomljanovic, Jaimee Fourlis, Bernard Tomic, John Millman and Alex De Minaur.
Gavrilova was the shock upset on day two and was visibly upset after her 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 6-4 loss to little-known Belgian Elise Mertens.
“I ran out of gas. Literally,” Gavrilova said after blowing a big lead in the opening set and then fatiguing in the decider.
“I had a really good build-up; a great few weeks and then I played a lot of tennis and just didn’t have legs in the third set.
“I probably should have finished it in two, though.
“Really disappointed because I felt like I could have done something really good here.”
Nick Kyrgios is in action on day three.