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Swan and Watson targeting further Parisian progress


By Steve Simpson

Katie Swan and Heather Watson moved into the second round of French Open qualifying with victories at Roland Garros.

Swan's win was particularly impressive, the 20-year-old overcoming a rankings gap of more than 100 places to beat second seed Jil Teichmann 6-4 6-2.

It was Swan's second career victory over a top-100 player and booked a second-round clash with China's Wang Xiyu.

Swan is looking to reach the main draw of a Grand Slam outside of Wimbledon for the first time. Watson has reached the second round of the French Open six times, coming through qualifying on four of those occasions, and she arrived in Paris in good spirits having finally ended her long losing run with a second-tier title in Japan earlier this month.

The 27-year-old is seeded fifth in qualifying but was given a tough test by Dutchwoman Bibiane Schoofs before coming through 6-2 4-6 6-4 to set up a contest with Greek Valentini Grammatikopoulou.

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