Barty and Dellacqua make winning start
Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua drop only two games as they reach Roland Garros second round.
Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua have made a strong start to their French Open campaign, scoring a comprehensive first round victory.
The three-time Grand Slam finalists, who have reunited this season, only needed 47 minutes to beat French wildcards Virginie Razzano and Marine Partaud 6-0 6-2.
The pair, who reached the Australian Open quarterfinals in January, now face No.18-seeded Japanese duo Eri Hozumi and Miyu Kato, semifinalists at the Australian Open, in the second round.
“The main focus for us is to win tennis matches, and that’s what we are here to do,” Dellacqua said.
It was a good day for Australian women in doubles, with everyone in action scoring wins.
Daria Gavrilova and her Russian partner Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova upset fourth seeds Sania Mirza of India and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazahkstan 7-6(5) 1-6 6-2.
Anastasia Rodionova and Croatian Darija Jurak, the No.17 seeds, defeated German combination Carina Witthoeft and Mona Barthel 6-2 2-6 6-4.
Ajla Tomljanovic teamed with Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic to beat Russians Natela Dzalamidze and Veronika Kudermetova 6-2 6-4.
Sam Stosur and Chinese partner Shuai Zhang play their first round match tonight, facing ninth seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Yifan Xu.