French Open: Last year's runner-up Sara Errani cruises into round two
Last Updated: 28/05/13 1:47pm
Sara Errani, last year's runner-up, wasted little time in reaching the second round at Roland Garros where she cruised past Arantxa Rus in less than an hour.
The diminutive No 5 seeded Italian won 6-1 6-2 in just 55 minutes with a typically tenacious performance on Court Suzanne Lenglen to register the first result of this year's Grand Slam event.
Rus, the world No 86, could only win her own serve once during the match, as Errani won 11 of the opening 12 games.
Errani, who defended her WTA Tour title in Acapulco earlier this year, was the surprise finalist 12 months ago when she lost to Maria Sharapova in the title decider.
The left-handed Rus, who stands seven inches taller than her opponent, had reached the last 16 of the French Open 12 months ago.
Errani was keen to put last year's achievements to bed, saying: "It's a new tournament for me. Also, last year was an unbelievable tournament, the best tournament of my life.
"I don't want to think about that. I just want to come here and play another tournament, a new tournament like I do every other week, try to think that it's an important tournament but it's only one more tournament.
"So I try to be like that, try to concentrate on my tennis, not think too much about last year or what I'm defending and these things."
Meanwhile, the 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic made heavy weather of her opening match before booking her spot in round two.
The No 14 seed from Serbia was on court for 113 minutes as he fended off Petra Martic 6-1 3-6 6-3.
Ivanovic let slip a 5-0 lead in the decider, and even fell love-30 behind in game nine, before reeling off four straight points to seal a tense victory.
She clinched the win on her fourth match point when the Croatian over hit a forehand by inches.