ADELAIDE: Former French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova made a stuttering start to her 2023 season in the opening round of the Adelaide International 2 on Tuesday, shaking off the rust in a 6-2 7-6(3) victory over Alison Riske-Amritraj. The 27-year-old Czech, a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open last year, was one of the form players on the WTA Tour in the latter end of last season after she returned from an elbow injury. The former world number two was clearly not at her very best against the American lucky loser and needed a tiebreak to finally finish off her opponent after being broken when serving for the match. Krejcikova, now 22nd in the world, will have a tougher test in her next match when she faces Russian world number eight Daria Kasatkina, who received a bye into the second round. The 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko had a less successful day, going down 6-3 6-4 to Russian qualifier Anna Kalinskaya. Former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin was in action at the other warm-up for the year’s first Grand Slam and looked in good touch as she beat China’s Zhu Lin 6-2 6-2 in the opening round of the Hobart International. The 24-year-old won her first WTA title in Hobart in 2019 and returned to Australia the following year to claim a Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park. Little has gone right for the one-time prodigy since with illness, injury and off-court issues precipitating a tumble down the world rankings. Another former Hobart champion, French third seed Alize Cornet, earlier crashed out in a 6-4 6-2 loss to Italian Elisabetta Cocciaretto.