Swiatek starts French Open defence in style | Daily News

Swiatek starts French Open defence in style

Iga Swiatek in action
Iga Swiatek in action

Defending champion Iga Swiatek celebrated her 20th birthday with victory over Slovenia's Kaja Juvan in the French Open first round yesterday.

The Polish eighth seed beat her best friend on the tour 6-0, 7-5.

"She didn't give me any birthday gifts so I'm really happy I could win those important points," Swiatek said in her on-court interview.

Swiatek, on a seven-match unbeaten run since winning in Rome, will face Sweden's Rebecca Peterson next. There was, however, disappointment for Dutch 16th seed Kiki Bertens, who lost 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 to Slovenia's Polona Hercog. (BBC)