Live: French Open - Stosur v Baltacha

Live: French Open - Stosur v Baltacha

Join us for live coverage of Australian Samantha Stosur's first round match at the French Open against Britain's Elena Baltacha.

That's a win in 60 minutes, 6-4, 6-0 to Sam Stosur over Elena Baltacha. Stosur lost one service game in the first set but very clinical in the second. Stosur's big, attacking forehand will trouble plenty of players better than Baltacha here.

It's a good start. But can she go all the way this time in what has been described as the softer half of the draw?

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2nd set G6: Baltacha serving. Stosur's forehand just way too good for her on the first point. And the second... Three match points now for Stosur as she faces a second serve on the first one: Baltacha saves it with a little tap over the net. 15-40. Baltacha saves the second one too. Now one match point for Stosur. And she faces a second serve again. Massive forehand even though it catches the net to win the match. Stosur 6-4 6-0

2nd set G5: Stosur serving. Nice serve down the middle wrong-foots Baltacha for the first point. Sam won't even need to Napisan this white dress she's wearing. (white dress + red clay = extra laundry). Stosur's up 30-15. And wins to 15. Killing it now. Stosur 5-0


2nd set G4: Wheels falling off for Baltacha now, Stosur in controil winning first two points. Fantastic cross court forehand wins the third point. Stosur breaks to love Stosur 4-0

2nd set G3: Backhand winner for Stosur too there. It's working well either side and apart from the little wobble in the first set stosur looks quite safe here. She wins this game to 15 with a wild forehand from Baltacha off Stosur's second serve. Stosur 3-0

2nd set G2: Stosur really just able to produce more winners with that big forehand. 30-30 on Baltacha's serve now. Stosur breaks, the pressure telling on Baltacha. Stosur 2-0

2nd set G1: Stosur 15 love before Baltacha levels things up. A Stosur forehand winner sees her get out to 30-15 before hitting the net to level things up anew. Another cross-court winner gets Stosur out to 40-30 before the Australian sends one out to bring us to deuce. That's six unforced errors each so far. Another solid serve sees Baltacha unable to return. Stosur 1-0.

1st set G10: Baltacha serving, starting to anticipate Stosur a little better now. Stosur just a bit cooler on the third point, catching Baltacha out of position. 30-30. This time Stosur wins the rally for a break point. Gets a second serve and Stosur breaks back so she wins the first set. Stosur 6-4

1st set G9: Stosur serving for the set, but Baltacha has two breaks points after big returns from Baltacha. Stosur double faults, Baltacha breaks Stosur 5-4

1st set G8: Baltacha running Stosur ragged on the third point and evetually forces the error. Baltacha leads this game 30-15. Baltacha holds. Stosur 5-3 now serving for the set.

1st set G7: The Twitter outlaw collects my dinner as Stosur holds to 15. Serving beautifully and looking good here. That's Stosur and my pad thai. Stosur 5-2

1st set G6: Baltacha having a go, but starting to grunt on every shot so I'm thinking about hitting that mute button now. She's 40-30 in this game. Baltacha takes the game on a second serve after Stosur hits one back into the net. Stosur 4-2

1st Set G5: Over in a flash. Stosur holds to love and it's Stosur 4-1

1ST Set G4: Baltacha double faults. Maybe she has some nerves out there on centre court against the 2010 finalist. Stosur is very quick on her returns and I think Baltacha is thinking about that while she is serving. Nice forehand across court has Stosur going the wrong way, Baltacha leads 40-30 then gets on the board. Stosur 3-1.

1st set G3: Stosur sends one too long, though she is looking to play very aggressively here and trails 15-30 in this game. Hits another too long to give Baltacha a break point, then faults... but has Baltacha going the wrong way to go deuce. Finishes with an ace, Stosur 3-0

1st set G2: Stosur slips on the clay to allow Baltacha a second point but Stosur breaks and leads 2-0.

1ST SET: Looking much warmer in Paris than Sydney right now, Stosur with the sunnies firmly attached. Stosur holds 1-0.

Australian Sam Stosur, the No.6 seed at Roland Garros this year, opens the tournament on centre court against Elena Baltacha, the English world No.68.

The players are warming up on centre court and we will be underway shortly. Stosur will be looking for a clinical start to the tournament this year after a third-round exit last year on what is, of course, her best surface.

Kathryn Wicks

Kathryn Wicks is the SMH Deputy Editor | Digital Editor. She is a former state editor and deputy sports editor. She is the co-author of the second edition of the Australian Autism Handbook.

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