Chinese ace Zhang Shuai progressed to the second round of the French Open on Monday night with a straight sets victory against 2018 semi-finalist Madison Keys of the USA. Zhang overcame the 12th seed in Paris with a surprise 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) win to set up a second-round match against home favourite Alize Cornet on Wednesday. Tianjin-native Zhang, who was eliminated in the first round at Flushing Meadows earlier this month, reached the quarter-finals of the Internationaux de Strasbourg last week in her final warm-up for Roland Garros, where she will be aiming to progress beyond the third round for the first time at, statistically-speaking, her least favoured slam. Before her run in Strasbourg, the 31-year-old had only progressed past the first round of a tournament once this season, at the pre- pandemic held Australian Open in January. She has seen her world ranking slip to 36 this year. How difficult victory @rolandgarros pic.twitter.com/4wyGvC4cHI — Shuai Zhang (@zhangshuai121) September 28, 2020 Elsewhere, Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei also made round two after a 6-3, 6-7 (7-1) win against Austria’s Barbara Haas. The 34-year-old Hsieh, who specialises in doubles and is the current world No 1 with her playing partner Barbora Strycova, faces emerging Polish talent Iga Swiatek on Wednesday. Nadal begins ‘most difficult’ Roland Garros as Serena tries again Hsieh’s best performance at Roland Garros came in 2017 when she reached round three in Paris.