Baltacha crashes out
Elena Baltacha has bowed out of the French Open as the British number one lost in straight sets to US Open champion Samantha Stosur.
For a while in the opening set, Baltacha managed to trouble world number six Stosur, but after coming back from a break down she then lost seven successive games to suffer a 6-4 6-0 first-round defeat.
Baltacha, 28, fell an immediate break down in the opening set but then competed well to recover and close to 5-4, back on serve. Serving in the 10th game, Baltacha conceded another break and consequently the set, and the world number 68, dressed all in blue on the Paris clay, crumbled from that stage on.
There were flickers from the British player's racquet in the second set, notably a fierce forehand that whistled past Stosur as it landed just inside the baseline, but they were infrequent.
The match was afforded the stadium stage of Philippe Chatrier Court but it became a no-contest as Baltacha, who struggled with her serve, won just nine points in the second set.
Stosur, runner-up to Francesco Schiavone at Roland Garros two years ago, clinched victory on her third match point to reach the last 64.
Baltacha said afterwards: "I knew it was going to be a difficult match. I knew as well that if I played really well, maybe she had a bit of an off day, then potentially maybe I would have had a chance (but) I knew I would have to play a very, very big match.
"First set I felt like I was kind of in it; obviously I crawled my way back to 5-4. I didn't particularly play a great service game, but then you've got to remember that I did play one of the best clay-court players in the world so it was a big ask.
"Then she went up a couple of levels, a couple of gears, and she was just too good in the second set. She played unbelievable in the second set. She really let loose.
"She wants to run around that backhand and spank that forehand. She uses this really well. That was the thing that I really tried to be careful of, really try and pull out wide. But it was very difficult when you have such shape coming at you."