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Ons Jabeur and Iga Swiatek cruise into French Open second round


Ons Jabeur began her French Open journey with a straightforward win against wild card Sachia Vickery on Monday, while world No. 1 Iga Swiatek also advanced to the second round at Roland Garros.

Eighth seed Jabeur, who has faced an injury-plagued 2024, was knocked out early in the Australian Open after a swift defeat by teenager Mirra Andreeva. Before the French Open, Jabeur made it to the quarter-finals in Madrid but then faced a disappointing first-round loss in Rome to Sofia Kenin.

In her third consecutive match against an American opponent, Jabeur started strong on the Paris clay, quickly leading 3-0. Although Vickery briefly narrowed the gap, Jabeur regained control and secured the first set. Despite a rain delay that closed the roof on Court Philippe Chatrier, Jabeur dominated the second set, winning 6-3, 6-2 in 81 minutes.

“I aim for a deep run,” Jabeur said, expressing confidence in her preparation. She will face either Anhelina Kalinina or Camila Osorio in the next round.

Top seed Swiatek had an even faster match, defeating Leolia Jeanjean 6-2, 6-1 in just 61 minutes. Swiatek, seeking her third consecutive French Open title, extended her winning streak to 13 matches. She broke Jeanjean in the first game and controlled the match, ultimately winning with 26 winners compared to Jeanjean’s two.

Swiatek, aiming for her fourth French Open title in five years, will next face four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka. Osaka, who recently won her first-round match against Lucia Bronzetti, expressed excitement about the upcoming clash, noting the honor of playing against Swiatek at Roland Garros.

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