French Open: Victoria Azarenka through to second round

Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka won back-to-back Australian Open titles in 2012 and 2013
2019 French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 26 May-9 June
Coverage: Live text and radio commentary on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app.

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka beat Latvian former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the first round in Paris.

Azarenka, 43rd in the world, won 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in a match full of twists.

Neither player managed to hold serve until the ninth game, when Azarenka moved 5-4 up in the opening set.

The Belarusian had two match points saved in the second and was broken for a second time before she won the deciding tie-break.

Latvian world number 39 Ostapenko, who won the title at Roland Garros in 2017, has now been knocked out in the first round for the third time in four years.

It is also the second successive Grand Slam tournament at which she has failed to make the second round.

Azarenka, who has beaten Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova and Ukrainian ninth seed Elina Svitolina on clay in the past month, will face world number one Naomi Osaka - who survived an almighty scare against Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova - in the next round.

"Just the usual second round match," Azarenka said, after learning of her next opponent. "But it's going to be exciting for me. I love to challenge myself against the best players."

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