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Watson and Swan both advance in French Open qualifiers

Watson and Swan both advance in French Open qualifiers

22/05/2019 at 12:46Updated 22/05/2019 at 15:30

Heather Watson and Katie Swan are through to the second round of qualifying at the French Open after winning their openers on Wednesday.

Watson, who is fifth seed in qualifying, dropped the second set and needed two hours and 10 minutes to overcome a stubborn Bibiane Schoofs.

Video - Highlights: Watson survives scare to progress in qualifying


The British No.3 prevailed in three sets 6-2 4-6 6-4 to set up an encounter with Valenti Grammatikopoulou, after the Greek beat Kimberly Birrell 6-2 3-6 6-4.

Meanwhile, world number 208 Katie Swan was more impressive in advancing on her Roland Garros debut as she beat second seed Jil Teichmann on her French Open debut.

Her 6-4 6-2 success was a second top 100 scalp for the 20-year-old, who shocked world number 36 Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round of Wimbledon last year.

Swan, who is seeking to qualify for her first Grand Slam outside of Wimbledon, will face China's Wang Xiyu in the second round.

Video - Highlights: Swan triumphs over Jil Teichmann