Cibulkova and Shvedova book second round slot at Roland Garros

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31st seeded Frenchwoman Alize Cornet took on the Portuguese number one, 105th ranked leftie Maria Joao Koehler. Cornet won the Strasbourg tournament last week, so went into the match full of confidence. The first set went to 5-5 before Cornet broke away to take the hard fought set 7-5 in exactly one hour. She started the second set and games went with serve until the fifth game when she broke twice to go 5-2 ahead. Koehler served to stay in the match, but Cornet broke for the last time to take the set 6-2 and move into the second round.

Dominika Cibulkova, the Slovak 16th seed, played against the up and coming Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, ranked at 75. Cibulkova is known as pocket rocket, as she just five foot three inches tall and is very fast around the court. She beat Tsurenko in the Madrid tournament three weeks ago. The Slovak built up a 4-0 lead despite Tsurenko leading or getting to deuce in most of the games. She was rewarded with one game before Cibulkova served out for the set at 6-1 in thirty two minutes. Tsurenko held her first game of the second set and games went with serve until Cibulkova broke in the 5th game and then went ahead 4-2. Tsurenko then got two games in a row to level, but the Slovak broke once more and served out for the set at 6-4.

Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan ranked at 31, went up against the 96th ranked American Coco Vandeweghe, in a seesaw match that took two hours and a minute to complete. The Kazakh raced through the first set without losing a game, but faltered in the second set, dropping it 6-3. She then came back into focus and took the deciding set decisively at 6-2.

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