Schiavone begins French Open defense against Oudin
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.