Connecticut Open Commits Petra Kvitova and Madison Keys Advance to Second Round at French Open

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 26:  Madison Keys of the United States returns a shot during her women's singles match against Varvara Lepchenko of the United States on day three of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on May 26, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Two-time and defending Connecticut Open Champion Petra Kvitova and Madison Keys have advanced to the second round of the 2015 French Open, adding to their successful 2015 clay campaigns.

Kvitova secured a three-set win over New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, moving into the second round at Roland Garros for the fifth consecutive year.  The World No. 4 continues to build upon her solid clay season. Kvitova hoisted the trophy early this month at the Mutua Madrid Open, bouncing World No. 1 Serena Williams in the semifinals before defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova in the finals. The Czech will make her seventh trip to Roland Garros, advancing to the semifinals in 2011.

Keys dispatched fellow-American Varvara Lepchenko in straight sets, 7-6(3), 6-3, en route to a second-round berth, the second of her young career. The World No. 17 is also having a stellar 2015 on the clay surface, boasting a runner-up finish at the Family Circle Cup back in April. Keys appears in just her third French Open, but the hard-hitting American is capable of making plenty of noise at the second Grand Slam of the year.

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