Paris - After world No 1 Angelique Kerber succumbed in the
first round of the French Open, another upset could be on the cards on day two
of the clay-court major when Garbine Muguruza takes on Francesca Schiavone on
Spain's Muguruza, who has been in mediocre form on clay this
season, could face the embarrassment of becoming only the second defending
champion since Anastasia Myskina in 2005 to lose in the women's first round.
The 36-year-old Schiavone, champion at Roland Garros in
2010, won the Bogota tournament and reached the final in Rabat, both on clay,
this season. Muguruza in contrast has won only three matches on red dirt in
"It's very strange to find a first round with two past
champions,” said fourth seed Muguruza. “I think she’s playing good on clay.
It’s a good match to start.”
The match, however, is unlikely to draw thousands onto Court
Philippe Chatrier, where proceedings usually open in front of a sparse crowd.
The two players have met twice on clay, taking one victory