Paris: Former French Open champion Li Na is off to a good start at Roland Garros.
The 2011 champion advanced to the second round by beating nemesis Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-4 Monday.
Seeded sixth, Li came into the match 0-3 on clay against Medina Garrigues but raced to a 4-love lead after 20 minutes. Li broke serve six times and came forward aggressively, winning 13 of 16 points at the net.
Li is one of six former champions in the women's draw. Maria Sharapova, the 2012 winner, was among those scheduled to play later on Monday.
The 31-year-old Li is 22-6 this year and was runner-up to Victoria Azarenka at the Australian Open. She next plays American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-4, 6-1.