Andrea Petkovic is in the second round of the French Open.
The 34-year-old from Darmstadt, who reached the semi-finals in Paris in 2014, won her opening match 6-4, 6-2 against Oceane Dodin from France.
Next opponent of the world number 65.
is the former number one Wiktoria Asarenka from Belarus or Ana Bogdan from Romania.
"I was very focused from the start and played well," said Petkovic: "And I had a little spy in Angelique Kerber, who played against her in Strasbourg.
This is my favorite Grand Slam and I'm grateful to still be playing here at my age."
"It was a masterpiece"
There was great praise from national coach Barbara Rittner at Eurosport: “That was a masterpiece.
I've rarely seen her play tennis so well in the first round of a Grand Slam."
Petkovic, who was eliminated in her opening match for the past two years, remains an expert on French opponents.
She has now won eight of her last nine games against players from the neighboring country.
Dodin, who had to give up in the semi-finals in Strasbourg against the later tournament winner Kerber, ultimately found no recipe.
Kerber is also still required on Monday.
On Sunday, two German players were eliminated in Jule Niemeier (Dortmund) and Tatjana Maria (Bad Saulgau).
The former tennis world number one Naomi Osaka meanwhile suffered an abrupt end.
The 24-year-old Japanese lost to Amanda Anisimova of the USA 5-7, 4-6 in Paris on Monday.
Osaka caused a stir at the French Open last year because she withdrew from her second-round match due to mental problems.
She had previously made depression public and refused to speak to the media.
Most recently, Osaka had been thrown back by injuries and had to struggle with pain in the Achilles tendon in the run-up to the French Open.Keywords: