May 30, 2017 / 10:52 AM / 4 months ago

Svitolina eases into French Open second round

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - 30/5/17 Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates during her first round match against Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova Reuters / Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - In-form Ukrainian Elina Svitolina moved swiftly into the second round of the French Open on Tuesday, easing through a potentially tricky encounter against Yaroslava Shvedova with a 6-4 6-3 victory.

The fifth seed, one of the pre-tournament favourites after winning the Rome claycourt tournament, was just a cut above her Kazakh opponent, who has reached the quarter-finals here twice.

“I felt good on court played the important points well. Winning a big title just before coming here gave me a lot of confidence and I look forward to my next match,” Svitolina said courtside.

She next faces either German Mona Barthel or Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; editing by John Stonestreet

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