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Top seed Swiatek enjoys worthwhile start to French Open title defence

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Swiatek French Open 2023

World main Iga Swiatek launched her French Open title defence on Tuesday by easing earlier Spain’s Cristina Bucsa 6-4 6-0 to maneuver into the second spherical.

The Pole, chasing a third French Open title in 4 years, purchased off to a sluggish start on a windy afternoon on Philippe-Chatrier courtroom.

She had crushed the Spaniard in beneath an hour, dropping just one recreation, at this 12 months’s Australian Open nevertheless Swiatek had a not fairly excellent run-up to Paris, retiring from her Italian Open quarter-final after struggling a thigh injury two weeks previously.

The 21-year-old triple Grand Slam winner was broken twice in her first three service video video games as a determined Bucsa, ranked seventieth on the planet, blended it up and initially succeeded in throwing her opponent off stability.

But the best seed heeded that wake-up identify within the course of the enterprise end of the set and broke once more to seal it.

The Pole, who began her 61st week on the prime of the WTA rankings and is the favourite in Paris, snatched one different break initially of the second set with a thundering crosscourt forehand winner and in no way appeared once more.

She made amends for her first-set wobble with a bagel.