Caroline Wozniacki breezes past Danielle Collins in Roland Garros opener

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Second seed Caroline Wozniacki cruised into round two of the French Open with a straight-sets win over Danielle Collins.

The Australian Open champion brushed aside her American opponent 7-6 (7/2) 6-1 on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Having entered a grand slam for the first time since she won one, the Dane said: “It feels great. A little bit less pressure.

“I kind of feel like I have one grand slam now, so no matter what happens, no-one can take that away from me.

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Caroline Wozniacki, pictured, was too strong for Daniele Collins (Christophe Ena/AP)

Eighth seed Petra Kvitova looked to be in trouble when she dropped the first set against Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg.

But the two-time Wimbledon champion hauled herself level and then edged a nervous final set to win a two-hour marathon 3-6 6-1 7-5.

“It was pretty tough,” the Czech said. “I relaxed in the second and tried to focus on every point. It was the same in the third but I managed to get the break.”

Victoria Azarenka was defeat in Paris
Victoria Azarenka was defeated in Paris (John Walton/PA)

Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova, seeded 20th, also failed to make it through round one as she tumbled out 4-6 6-1 6-3 to Colombian qualifier Mariana Duque-Marino.

Maria Sharapova’s belated return to the tournament was delayed by the weather.

Last year the two-time champion in Paris had recently returned from a 15-month doping ban, but had not built her ranking high enough to qualify and was not offered a wild card.

But 12 months later Sharapova is back in the world’s top 30 and seeded 28. However, her first-round clash with Richel Hogenkamp of Holland was held back until Tuesday with light rain falling and the light failing.

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