Ajla Tomljanovic has provided the perfect launchpad for Australia’s challenge at the French Open, battling to victory over Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova in her first round match.
Tomljanovic, the country’s No.2 women’s player, is the lone Aussie in action on the opening day at Roland Garros and ensured it would be a 100 per cent winning start with her 6-2 6-4 victory on Sunday.
First on court at the Paris clay-court slam, world No.76 Tomljanovic raced into a 5-0 lead in a first set that she largely dominated.
But Kozlova, ranked 83 places lower on the WTA computer, began to show some resistance, dragging the stanza out to 54 minutes.
A see-saw second set featured five breaks of serve before Tomljanovic finally prevailed after one hour 41 minutes, a delight for the Brisbane player after previously suffering four consecutive first-round exits at Roland Garros.