Thursday, June 01, 2017

Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan march on at Roland Garros

PARIS, France – The top seeded teams stayed on course at the French Open on the second day of doubles play on Thursday, with No.3 seeds Chan Yung-Jan and Martina Hingis leading the pack into round two.

Hingis and Chan were the heavy favorites leading into Roland Garros – the pair joined forces at the start of the Middle East swing and snapped up two of the season’s three Premier Mandatories (Indian Wells and Madrid), as well as completing the Madrid-Rome double.

They proved their might against the unseeded duo of Naomi Broady and Maria Sanchez, dropping just three games en route to a comprehensive 6-0, 6-3 victory.

The No.1 seeds also had little trouble in their Roland Garros opener; Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova overpowered crowd favorite Alizé Cornet and partner Elise Mertens, 6-1, 6-2.

Meanwhile, defending champion Kristina Mladenovic got her title defense going with new partner Svetlana Kuznetsova, but faced some tough resistance from British-American duo Heather Watson and Shelby Rogers.

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