PARIS: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga finally won a match at Roland Garros.

After beating compatriot Julien Benneteau on centre court on Tuesday, the 2008 Australian Open finalist said: “It’s a relief,” the Frenchman said. “And also, it encourages me to continue in the same way.”

Tsonga had lost in the first round in his only other visit to Roland Garros as a wild card in 2005. He wasn’t ranked high enough to make the main draw in 2006 and ’07, and he missed last year’s tournament with a knee injury.

“It’s very important for me to start the meter going,” Tsonga said.

After the win, Tsonga arrived at the news conference wearing a tie.

“In other sports when you come to a press conference, you have to respect, to comply with a dress code, so I thought that in tennis, too, we could show we have certain ethics,” Tsonga said. “I believe it’s important. We have beautiful tournaments, and we should show a bit of respect.”

A case for eating in

Maybe it’s something in the food that has turned Zheng Jie and Yan Zi into China’s pre-eminent doubles team.

The two-time Grand Slam doubles champions are bidding for their first Roland Garros title, but instead of enjoying the local fare with other Chinese players like Peng Shuai and Li Na, they have been cooking Chinese food in their hotel room near the Eiffel Tower.

“I do the rice,” said Zheng, who also reached the singles semifinals at Wimbledon last year. “Peng Shuai knows how to cook. And we eat together.”

Keeping the faith

Jelena Jankovic has been No. 1 in the world, so her priority now is to shed the distinction of never having won a Grand Slam singles title.

“This is my priority and this is my goal for this moment,” said Jankovic, the 2008 U.S. Open runner-up. “I like being the No. 1, but unfortunately in this moment I’m not.

“To be honest, I’m not really thinking about the ranking. I’m just thinking about my game. How can I improve? How can I get better as a player?”

Jankovic eached the semifinals here in the last two years, losing each time to the eventual champion.

The 24-year-old Serb beat Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic in straight sets despite a two-hour rain delay.

“It’s not really easy to come back,” Jankovic said. “But I managed to finish the job in two sets, so I’m happy to get through.” — AP

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