Defending champ Schiavone advances at French Open

Defending champion Francesca Schiavone bounced back to her

winning ways at the French Open, beating Melanie Oudin 6-2, 6-0

Monday to advance to the second round.

Schiavone, who last year became the first Italian woman to win a

Grand Slam singles title, won four straight games in the first set

after being broken early by her 19-year-old American opponent.

Schiavone, who had 25 winners to Oudin’s six, then won seven

straight games to advance.

Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki will also play on the second day

of the tournament. The Dane was to face 40-year-old Kimiko

Date-Krumm of Japan.

The French Open is the only one of the four Grand Slam

tournaments to begin on Sunday, and not everyone likes it all that

much.

”It’s very weird playing on Sunday,” said 13th-seeded Svetlana

Kuznetsova, the 2009 champion who reached the second round by

beating Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-2, 6-3.

”For me, it’s the first time. But I believe it’s more money to

Grand Slam so it’s more spectators, probably.”

Besides Kuznetsova, 2010 finalist Sam Stosur advanced on a warm

day in Paris. The eighth-seeded Australian was broken in the

opening game, then had little trouble beating Iveta Benesova of the

Czech Republic 6-2, 6-3.

Stosur also thought it was strange to start on Sunday.

”It’s just different,” Stosur said. ”You’ve got an extra day,

but I think with all the others not doing it, it definitely is a

bit of, not a shock, but it’s just weird knowing that, OK, my

tournament starts on Sunday and then I think you get two days off

now.”

No. 10 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, No. 14 Anastasia

Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, No. 17 Julia Goerges of Germany, and No.

32 Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria also advanced.

Two seeded women lost, No. 19 Shahar Peer of Israel and No. 18

Flavia Pennetta of Italy, and one man, No. 19 Marin Cilic of

Croatia.