OXENHOPE'S Francesca Jones was beaten in the first round of qualifying for the French Open by top seed Vera Zvonareva.

It was a very tough draw for young Brit Jones against the former world number two and two-time grand slam finalist, and Zvonareva eased to a 6-1 6-2 victory.

Jones, who was told she would never become a professional tennis player because of a condition that meant she was born without several fingers and toes, made headlines around the world after qualifying for the Australian Open earlier this year.

She battled hard at Roland Garros but was second best throughout to Zvonareva, who made the quarter-finals back in 2003.