Svetlana Kuznetsova, world # 6, and two time majors singles champion, has opened her title defense at Roland Garros with a victory in a very tough first round match against up and coming Romanian, Sorana Cirstea, # 34 in the world, 6-3, 6-1 in 72 minutes.  Kuznetsova, an unlikely champion last year, benefitted from the complete meltdown of #1 seed, Dinara Safina, who literally could not keep the ball in play, and played through tears, losing her second straight final at Roland Garros.

Kuznetsova, with only 3 clay court matches under her belt this season, two if which were losses, should be relieved she survived Cirstea, a natural clay courter.  Check out the match stats of any match, any many other cool features at http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/index.html.

    Kuznetsova (RUS)   Cirstea (ROU)
 
         
  1st Serve % 30 of 50 = 60 % 43 of 63 = 68 %
 
  Aces 2 2
 
  Double Faults 1 1
 
  Unforced Errors 16 10
 
  Winning % on 1st Serve 23 of 30 = 77 % 21 of 43 = 49 %
 
  Winning % on 2nd Serve 9 of 19 = 47 % 10 of 19 = 53 %
 
  Winners (Including Service) 14 10
 
  Receiving Points Won 32 of 63 = 51 % 18 of 50 = 36 %
 
  Break Point Conversions 5 of 10 = 50 % 1 of 5 = 20 %
 
  Net Approaches 7 of 8 = 88 % 10 of 13 = 77 %
 
  Total Points Won 64 49
 
   Fastest Serve Speed 182 KMH 177 KMH
 
   Average 1st Serve Speed 156 KMH 158 KMH
 
   Average 2nd Serve Speed 123 KMH 136 KMH

Kuznetsova’s sharp return of serve was the difference.  She won more than half of the points while returning serve.

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