Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic has advanced to the second round of the French Open for the first time since 2015.
The world no. 76 defeated Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova 6-2, 6-4.
Tomljanovic broke in the opening game before consolidating the break for a 2-0 lead.
Another break of serve saw the Australian race to a 3-0 lead.
The Ukrainian had chances to get a break back in the fourth game only to waste several chances. Three break points were earned by Kozlova before Tomljanovic managed to hold for 4-0.
The Australian again broke her opponent to take a commanding 5-0 lead.
With Tomljanovic serving for the first set she faltered and Kozlova got on the board.
A service hold for Kozlova saw her move to 5-2 before Tomljanovic served out the opening set.
In the second set several breaks of serve were traded before the players were at 4-4 after Kozlova had broken to level the scores.
The Ukrainian again was not able to hold serve and she allowed her opponent to step up at 5-4 to serve for the match.
Tomljanovic held to take the match in 1 hour and 41 minutes.
The Australian hit six double faults, so she will need to improve that stat in her round two match.
Tomljanovic hit 17 winners to 16 and had 20 unforced errors to 27.
It was a solid win, however her opponent didn’t have a lot of matches going into the tournament.
Next up she will face either no.31-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or American Christina McHale.