New York (AFP)
Alizé Cornet, 64th in the world, easily qualified for the second round of the US Open by beating Tuesday's American Jessica Pegula (58), 6-2, 6-3.
"It went well, a match in two sets mastered from start to finish, with a good physical presence," said the 29-year-old.
"I had not won a Grand Slam game since Australia, so it's nice," she added.
The French will find in the next round the Swiss Belinda Bencic (12th).
"There, there is a big challenge that comes with Bencic who is almost top 10 and who plays very well," said Cornet.
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