The expectations for American players at this year's French Open started with
One day after
"Even though the scoreline may look like it was pretty easy, it definitely wasn't out there," Glatch told
Glatch rose to prominence at last month's Fed Cup, joining the U.S. team as a late replacement for the semifinals when the Williams sisters opted not to participate. She responded by winning both her singles matches -- including a victory against then-No. 29
The U.S. success was particularly rewarding for Glatch, who had a motor scooter accident in 2005 that nearly derailed her career. Just months after turning pro and signing an endorsement contract with Nike, Glatch broke both her arms after slamming on the brakes to avoid hitting a dog. She was sidelined for eight months.
Next up for Glatch is a second-round date with Spain's
Glatch wasn't the only California native with a feel-good story in the opening days at Roland Garros.
Kendrick's one other appearance at Roland Garros came in 2007, when the American men combined for a 0-9 record.
Few expect former major winners
But each demonstrated mettle while advancing to the second round.
Sharapova, whose ranking has plummeted to No. 102 after entering last year's French Open at No. 1, rallied to beat
Ivanovic, whose game has languished since winning her first and only major title last year in Paris, opened her title defense by getting past Italy's
"I expected a tough match," Ivanovic told reporters afterward. "I knew I had to work hard for my points today, and I'm very happy I did that. I kept my composure even when I was making a few mistakes."
Back on U.S. soil, Mississippi's
The 18-year-old freshman, an IMG Tennis Academy attendee before his enrollment at Ole Miss, came back to defeat Ohio State's
"I definitely surprised myself and didn't see this coming," Britton told
Another freshman phenom shone in the women's final, as Duke's