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Watson and Robson pass first French test

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Heather Watson expended little energy as she sailed through her first French Open qualifying match at Roland Garros, later to be joined by Laura Robson.

Watson, the British No. 3, needed a shade over an hour to wrap up a 6-1 6-2 victory over Canadian Sharon Fichman to move a step closer to a place in the main draw.

Next up for Watson is Tunisia's Ons Jabeur, who had to battle from a set down to beat Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 3-6 6-4 6-2.

Watson successfully qualified for the clay-court grand slam last season, and subsequently made history when she became the first British woman to win a singles match at Roland Garros since 1994. The world No. 109 is now two matches away from the main draw in Paris.

Laura Robson also remains in contention for the main draw after she beat Spain's Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-2 7-6(4). Robson took control of the match from the very start, breaking at the first time of asking, and she looked comfortable on the red dirt.

Fellow Brit Naomi Broady endured a rather more difficult afternoon, losing 6-0 6-1 to Sesil Karatantcheva of Kazakhstan.

In the men's section, Jamie Baker saw his hopes dashed by a straight sets loss to Daniel Munoz-De La Nava of Spain. Baker was beaten 6-4 6-3 by his rival, who had been seeded in the qualifying draw.

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