Former French Open finalist Sam Stosur beat the weather to march into the second round in Paris after defeating 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm.

The Australian, who lost to Francesca Schiavone in the final in 2010, has an excellent recent record at Roland Garros having reached at least the semi-finals in three of the last four years.

Today Stosur was up against the remarkable Date-Krumm, but it was not a good afternoon for the Japanese player, who failed to win a game until she was 6-0 3-0 down.

She then rallied but ninth seed Stosur was only held up briefly as she eased to a 6-0 6-2 victory in an hour and four minutes.

The rain, which had delayed the start of play for more than two and a half hours, then returned to Paris, with Stosur's one only of only four matches to be completed.

Marion Bartoli a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2011, is France's main hope in the women's event but she was very nearly a first-round casualty, saving two match points before defeating Olga Govortsova 7-6 (10/8) 4-6 7-5.

The 28-year-old has not been in good form having lost her first match at four of her last five tournaments and she was not comfortable at any stage of the match.

Bartoli is just as famous for her peculiar antics on court, constantly bouncing around and swinging her racket in between points, as she is for her tennis and at one stage the French crowd were audibly supporting her opponent.

But Bartoli saved two match points with Govortsova serving at 5-3 in the decider and then won four games in a row to secure victory after three hours and 12 minutes.