Schiavone begins French Open defense against Oudin

May 20, 2011 - 5:15 AM
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Italy's Francesca Schiavone returns the ball towards Japan's Ayumi Morita, during the quarter finals of the Brussels Open tennis tournament in Brussels, Thursday, May 19, 2011. in Brussels, Thursday May 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

PARIS (AP) — Francesca Schiavone will begin defense of her French Open title by facing surprise 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin.

Schiavone, the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam tournament, is seeded fifth. Friday's draw set up a possible quarterfinal against No. 3 Vera Zvonareva.

Other potential quarterfinals are No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki against 2010 runner-up Sam Stosur, four-time major champion Kim Clijsters against three-time major winner Maria Sharapova, and No. 4 Victoria Azarenka against No. 6 Li Na.

Clijsters is at the French Open for the first time since 2006. Her first-round opponent is 100th-ranked Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus. Wozniacki opens against 40-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan.

Play starts Sunday.