Slow starter Kuznetsova through to second round in Paris

Paris: Svetlana Kuznetsova recovered from a terrible start to kick off her French Open title defence with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Romanian Sorana Cirstea on Sunday.

The sixth-seeded Russian lost the first three games before getting her act together to see off the world number 34 on a sunsoaked centre court.

She clinched nine games in a row after the shaky opening, wrapping it up on her second match point with a backhand passing shot.

Kuznetsova, who had only one win under her belt on clay in this season`s European claycourt swing, will face compatriot Elena Vesnina or German Andrea Petkovic in the second round.

Bureau Report


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