In one of the more difficult matches to call from the womens draw, Varvara Lepchenko comfortably defeated Petra Cetkovska, 6-4 6-1 out on court 2. It was a match that had three hour epic mess written all over it, but Lepchenko beat the darkness to wrap up the first round win in 72 minutes. The pair had played quite recently in Charleston with Cetkovska prevailing in three lopsided sets, 6-1 2-6 6-0. Since that match, Lepchenko’s form has really improved as she pushed Petra Kvitova to three sets in Madrid and then reached the third round in Rome losing just five games in her first two matches. She brought that form into Roland Garros where she produced a consistent display against a very erratic Cetkovska.
Cetkovska has had some great moments this year with victories over Li Na in Dubai and Angelique Kerber in Rome. However this was a really woeful performance from the Czech player as she frequently failed to find the court and committed 6 double faults in what was a poor serving performance. Lepchenko was both steady and assured as she benefitted from 23 unforced errors from Cetkovska to wrap up a very convincing win. Lepchenko will go on to play Angelique Kerber in what should be a very close and intriguing second round match.