Paris, France (Sports Network) - Rain forced some postponements on
Tuesday's schedule at the French Open, but not before former runner-up
Samantha Stosur and France's own Marion Bartoli posted opening-round
A 2 1/2-hour rain delay prevented play from getting underway on a chilly Day
3, and more rain came after players took to the courts at Stade Roland Garros.
In between raindrops, the ninth-seeded Stosur got her work in, as the former
U.S. Open champion and 2010 Roland Garros runner-up leveled 42-year-old
Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-0, 6-2.
"I was happy to get out there and start," said the Aussie veteran Stosur, who
lost to Italian Francesca Schiavone in the final here three years ago. "It was
spitting a little bit when we went out there. You think, 'Oh, are we going to
start or are we not?' Lucky for me I was able to finish the match before this
last downpour came."
Date-Krumm is the third-oldest woman to play at Roland Garros.
The 29-year-old Stosur has reached at least the semifinals in Paris three of
the last four years.
The 13th-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up Bartoli went the distance to hold
off game Belarusian Olga Govortsova 7-6 (10-8), 4-6, 7-5 in 3 hours, 11
Meanwhile, 18th-seeded former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic got past Slovakian
veteran Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) and 27th-seeded Yaroslava Shvedova
of Kazakhstan outlasted American Coco Vandeweghe 6-0, 3-6, 6-2. The former
U.S. Open runner-up Jankovic of Serbia is a three-time French Open
Third-seeded former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka was on Tuesday's schedule
as the Australian Open champion and U.S. Open runner-up was slated to meet
Russian Elena Vesnina, but that match was postponed until Wednesday, along
with nine other opening-rounders.
The Sports Network