The Great Britain star won her first match 2-0 against Lithuania’s Klaudija Tvaronaviciute in the round of 32 at the women’s -57kg category at the Grand Palais in Paris.
She was the top seeded star in action on Friday morning, as reigning Olympic champion Anastasija Zolotic of USA and world number one Hatice Ilgun, the Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist, got byes to round of 16, which take place later on Friday.
The event offers ranking points towards Paris 2024 Olympic qualification.
There was a shock defeat for home favourite Kanelya Carabin, seeded ninth, who lost 1-2 to Greece’s Fani Tzeli.
In the women’s -49kg class, Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Adriana Iglesias, the Spanish gold medallist from Rome in June, went past French woman Dayla Rehani.
World number three Serbia's Tijana Bogdanovic, the double Olympic medallist was also in action against Cote d’Ivoire’s Bouma Colibaly, winning 2-0. Top seed Panipak Wongpattanakit, Thailand’s Tokyo 2020 champ, will be on the mat in the round of 16 against Morocco’s Oumama El Bouchti.
There was an early exit for Hungarian sixth seed Omar Salim in the men’s -58kg. Salim lost 2-1 to Jordan’s Mahmoud Altaryreh.
The Paris Grand Prix is the second stop of three after Rome.
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