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Tunisia's Ons Jabeur in action during her first round match against Italy's Lucia Bronzetti. Image Credit: REUTERS

Paris: World number seven Ons Jabeur made a near-flawless start to her French Open campaign as she brushed aside unseeded Italian Lucia Bronzetti 6-4 6-1 on Tuesday to reach round two, while 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva grabbed her first Grand Slam main draw win.

Last year’s runner-up and fourth seed Norwegian Casper Ruud also made his way into the next round by thumping Swedish qualifier Elias Ymer 6-4 6-3 6-2 after American 16th seed Tommy Paul swatted aside Dominic Stephan Stricker 6-3 6-2 6-4.

Jabeur has had a stop-start season in which she had minor knee surgery before winning the title in Charleston and skipping the Madrid Open with a calf problem but the Tunisian was in peak form in Paris as she eased through the first set.

Losing run

Bronzetti came into the clash on Court Philippe Chatrier high on confidence after winning the first singles title of her career in Rabat but the 24-year-old’s hopes of ending a five-match losing run at the majors faded as the contest wore on.

Jabeur, the runner-up at last year’s Wimbledon and U.S. Open after a shock first-round defeat at Roland Garros, blended guile and power as she reeled off the breaks in the second set to go 5-0 up before dropping serve.

The 28-year-old quickly shook off that minor dip to comfortably close out the contest in the following game when Bronzetti sent a shot wide at the net.

Andreeva announced herself to the world when she stunned 2021 U.S. Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez 6-3 6-4 in Madrid last month and also defeated Beatriz Haddad Maia and Magda Linette before falling to eventual champion Aryna Sabalenka.

New ground

The Russian qualifier broke new ground at the majors with a 6-2 6-1 win over former world number 18 Alison Riske-Amritraj.

“Last year I was here as a junior and I think I couldn’t even imagine that I can be here playing the women’s tournament and being in a major passing qualification,” Andreeva said.

“I’m pretty excited about it ... I just try to enjoy every moment here.” Up next for Andreeva is wild card Diane Parry who stunned Rome runner-up Anhelina Kalinina 6-2 6-3.