Errani advances on opening day at French Open

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By STEVEN WINE, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — Barely an hour into the French Open, 2012 runner-up Sara Errani was into the second round.

The tenacious Italian beat Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-2 Sunday in the opening match on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Errani reached a Grand Slam final for the first time a year ago at Roland Garros, then lost to Maria Sharapova.

Now ranked a career-best No. 5, Errani dominated Rus from the baseline, won four games at love and advanced in 54 minutes. Rus, ranked 86th, double-faulted seven times and lost her 13th consecutive match on the WTA Tour.

Serena Williams and Roger Federer were among others on the first day's schedule. Play began under cloudy skies with the temperature in the mid-50s.

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