Paris, France, 17 May 2016 |

Matthew Barton has taken a step closer to the Roland Garros main draw after winning his opening-round qualifying match on Monday in Paris.

The in-form Barton brushed aside India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-3 6-3 to set up a second-round match against

Earlier on Monday, another Aussie, Luke Saville, fell 7-5 7-5 to China’s Li Zhe.

Barton, who in early 2015 was ranked outside the world’s top 600, is 21-11 in 2016 and now ranks No.262.

He gets a day off on Tuesday, while fellow Aussies Ben Mitchell and Olivia Rogowska take to the Roland Garros clay courts for Day 2 of qualifying.

Mitchell faces fourth seed Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany while Rogowska, who like Barton is a wildcard into the draw, takes on Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia.