Australia’s world no. 76 Ajla Tomljanovic is the only Australian taking to the court on day one in Paris.
She faces Ukraine’s world no. 159 Kateryna Kozlova.
It is the second head-to-head match after Tomljanovic defeated Kozlova in the round of 16 on her way to the final in Hua Hin.
Kozlova has a career-high ranking of no. 62 back in February 2018. Tomljanovic was at a career-high of no. 39 in April 2019.
Tomljanovic has played 14 matches on clay this season, including qualifying matches with perhaps her best performance coming back in early April when she reached the round of 16 at the Charleston event.
Kozlova has had a lot less matches in 2021 so will be battling for form against the Australian.
This is a match that Tomljanovic should win. She is looking to go past the first round in Paris for the first time since 2015 when reaching the second round.
In 2014 the Australian reached the fourth round on debut in Paris.
Kozlova has reached the 2nd round in 2019 and 2018 and was defeated in the opening round in 2020 and 2017.