Tatiana Golovin beat French compatriot Severine Beltrame 6-2 7-6 (9-7) to battle into round two of the Open Gaz de France in Paris on Tuesday.
Golovin next plays Sandra Mamic of Croatia teenager after Maria Sharapova withdrew through illness.
In other results on Tuesday, eighth seed Magdalena Maleeva outlasted Claudine Schaul 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (11-9).
And Vera Douchevina beat Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-4 2-6 6-3 and now faces fellow Russian Dinara Safina.
On Wednesday, top seed Serena Williams will play France's Stephanie Cohen-Aloro in her first match since winning the Australian Open.
Home favourite Amelie Mauresmo and Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova are also scheduled to play.