Baltacha eyes first round upset
Elena Baltacha will go into the opening day of play at the French Open confident she can pull off a huge shock against US Open champion Samantha Stosur.
The British number one has struggled for form this year and could certainly have done without being drawn on Sunday against the Australian, who reached the final at Roland Garros in 2010.
"It's not a great draw, let's be honest, but you can't always get those," said world number 67 Baltacha, who has won only five tour matches this year. "I have massive respect for Sam because of what she's achieved and also how she goes about things but I do believe I have a chance against her."
She went on: "It will be a big match on a show court and I usually play well in those situations and I'll always fight for every ball. It's going to take one hell of a match from me but I've beaten top players before and I know what I'm capable of. I'm looking forward to it."
Baltacha is one of three British women in the main draw for the second year in a row after Heather Watson breezed past Anna Floris 6-0 6-1 in the final round of qualifying.
The 20-year-old, who will face Russia's Elena Vesnina in round one, joins Baltacha and Anne Keothavong, up against Hungary's Melinda Czink, but Laura Robson was unable to join them. The 18-year-old had two match points in the second set of her final qualifier against Karolina Pliskova but could not take her chance and eventually lost 4-6 7-5 6-4.
In the men's draw, Andy Murray will meet Japanese world number 69 Tatsuma Ito in round one, but from there things get more difficult, with Bernard Tomic, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Richard Gasquet and David Ferrer all in the Scot's quarter. And should he progress further six-time champion Rafael Nadal likely awaits.
Murray has been troubled by a niggling back problem recently but he gave himself a clean bill of health, dismissing Boris Becker's comments that the 25-year-old should have considered pulling out of the tournament to save himself for a hectic summer.
Murray said: "I feel fine. I have been here close to a week now. I've had some good practice and feel good. I won't be the only one that's got niggles, but hopefully the worst of it's gone now. The next few months are very important to everybody this year. There's a lot of big tournaments coming up.
"One of the goals in that period is to stay injury free, because if I am, then I'll hopefully play some good tennis and have some good results."