Kvitova cruises past teen at French Open

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PARIS — Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova lost the opening game in her match against 16-year-old Ashleigh Barty, but then won six in a row in the first set and again raced through the second set to earn a 6-1, 6-2 win in the first round of the French Open on Tuesday.

“She has a big serve with kicks and good forehand,” Kvitova said of the Australian teen. “She has very good touch.”

The left-handed Czech won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last year, and then won the WTA Championships. Although she has yet to win a title in 2012, she is seeded fourth at Roland Garros and is expected to make it deep into the tournament.

Barty is the youngest player in the draw at the French Open, one of only eight teenagers entered. The Australian received a wild-card invitation to compete in Paris.

“It was tough out there today,” Barty said. “I didn’t play my best tennis, but she didn’t allow me to. I was out there giving it my all, but unfortunately just didn’t come out on top today.”

A LITTLE LETDOWN: After starting off 10-0 in the French Open’s first round, American women went 0-2 on Tuesday.

Before Serena Williams lost in three sets to Virginie Razzano, Jamie Hampton, of Auburn, Ala., retired because of a lower back injury while trailing 6-4, 4-3 against Arantxa Rus.

The 10 U.S. women who won their opening matches gave the country its largest group in the second round at Roland Garros since 11 made it in 2003.

OUSTED: The oldest player in the draw, 41-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm was defeated by 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-1.


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