May 31, 2017 / 4:08 PM / 4 months ago

SHOWCASE-Tennis-Mladenovic back on track as she eases into third round

PARIS, May 31 (Reuters) - Kristina Mladenovic’s back pain seemed a distant memory as the home favourite cruised into the French Open third round with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Italy’s Sara Errani on Wednesday.

The 13th-seeded Frenchwoman, who was on the brink of pulling out after pulling her back on the eve of her first-round match, rarely looking in trouble against the 2012 Roland Garros runner-up.

Mladenovic, who will next face American Shelby Rogers, was back to her confident self on Court Suzanne Lenglen, peppering the court with winners in a one-sided contest.

She wasted three match points but fired a excellent inside-out forehand winner to wrap up victory.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond

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