Murray tested; Sharapova downs Petrova

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TYING HIMSELF UP IN KNOTS: Andy Murray found himself in serious danger of going down two sets to one to Potito Starace but managed to disentangle himself, and eventually cruised to victory.
TYING HIMSELF UP IN KNOTS: Andy Murray found himself in serious danger of going down two sets to one to Potito Starace but managed to disentangle himself, and eventually cruised to victory.

Bopanna & Erlich lose opener while Sania & Chuang advance

PARIS: British third seed Andy Murray battled into the last 32 at Roland Garros while Maria Sharapova’s troublesome right shoulder held up for another day, helping her make enough shots to beat 11th-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-2, 1-6, 8-6.

The unseeded Sharapova won five straight games to close out the first set, but she struggled after that as she played with tape on her shoulder.

Trailing 4-3 in the deciding set, she broke Petrova to get back on serve, and then saved two break points to take a 5-4 lead. She saved another break point while serving at 6-6.

World No.3 Murray overcame a stern test from Italian World No.104 Potito Starace before prevailing 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Murray had to come back from 1-5 down in the third set, saving two set points, before eventually cruising to victory as he matched his best career performance here.

Easy for Safina

Top seed Dinara Safina enjoyed another cakewalk, defeating teenage compatriot Vitalia Diatchenko 6-1, 6-1 to set up a last 32 clash with another Russian, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Safina, who didn’t lose a game in her first round mauling of Britain’s Anne Keothavong, took just 55 minutes to dispose of 18-year-old qualifier Diatchenko, the World No. 151.

Pavlyuchenkova, the 27th seed, reached the last 32 with a 6-2, 7-6(2) win over France’s Julie Coin.

Ana Ivanovic has experienced a disappointing 12 months since lifting her first major title at Roland Garros last summer, but she looked in tip-top condition as she engineered her passage into the third round trouncing Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-1, 6-2.

Beneath grey skies on Court Philippe Chatrier, Ivanovic quickly hit her stride against her 32-year-old opponent, who is ranked 52nd.

A break of serve in the fourth game gave Ivanovic the momentum and she survived three break points before breaking again and sewing up the first set with an emphatic service hold to love.

The Serbian sported a black, arrow-shaped bandage on her right knee, having recently been forced out of the Madrid Open with a knee injury, but there were no signs of any ill-effects as she bossed her experienced adversary around the court.

Mixed bag

Meanwhile, Rohan Bopanna and Israel’s Jonathan Erlich lost their first round match in the doubles draw, falling 6-4, 7-6(10) to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain and Argentina’s Sergio Roitman.

But, there was consolation for India as Sania Mirza and Chia-Jung Chuang of Taipei, seeded 14th here, advanced to the second round of the women’s doubles beating Ipek Senogluof Turkey and Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer7-5, 6-1.

France’s Fabrice Santoro, playing his 20th and last Roland Garros, was beaten 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 by Belgium’s Christophe Rochus in a first-round match held over from Tuesday because of bad light. — Agencies


Prefix denotes seedings

Men: Second round: 17-Stanislas Wawrinka (Sui) bt Nicolas Massu (Chi) 6-1, 6-1, 6-2; Janko Tipsarevic (Srb) bt 28-Feliciano Lopez (Esp) 6-7(9), 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-3; 12-Fernando Gonzalez (Chi) bt Rui Machado (Por) 6-3, 6-2, 6-3; 3-Andy Murray (Gbr) bt Potito Starace (Ita) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4; 31-Nicolas Almagro (Esp) bt Ernests Gulbis (Lat) 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-2; 30-Victor Hanescu (Rou) bt Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) 7-5, 7-5, 7-5; 7-Gilles Simon (Fra) bt Robert Kendrick (USA) 7-5, 6-0, 6-1; 13-Marin Cilic (Cro) bt Dudi Sela (Isr) 6-0, 6-3, 6-1; 8-Fernando Verdasco (Esp) bt Philipp Petzschner (Ger) 6-1, 6-2, 6-3.

First round: Christophe Rochus (Bel) bt Fabrice Santoro (Fra) 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4; Arnaud Clement (Fra) bt 21-Dmitry Tursunov (Rus) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1; 29-Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) bt Bernard Tomic (Aus) 6-1, 6-2, 6-2; 16-Tommy Robredo (Esp) bt Adrian Mannarino (Fra) 6-2, 6-1, 6-2; Maximo Gonzalez (Arg) bt 22-Mardy Fish (USA) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(4); Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) bt Brian Dabul (Arg) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(2), 6-3; Andreas Seppi (Ita) bt Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Esp) 6-3, 6-3, 6-1; Juan Monaco (Arg) bt Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4; 9-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) bt Julien Benneteau (Fra) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Juan Carlos Ferrero (Esp bt Ivan Ljubicic (Cro) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Tommy Haas (Ger) bt Andrei Pavel (Rou) 6-1, 6-4, 6-4; Leonardo Mayer (Arg) bt 15-James Blake (USA) 7-6(6), 7-5, 6-2. Doubles: First round: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez(Esp) & Sergio Roitman(Arg) bt Rohan Bopanna (Ind) & Jonathan Erlich (Isr) 6-4, 7-6(10).

Women: Second round: Maria Sharapova (Rus) bt 11-Nadia Petrova (Rus) 6-2, 1-6, 8-6; 8-Ana Ivanovic (Srb) bt Tamarine Tanasugarn (Tha) 6-1, 6-2; 20-Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) bt Kirsten Fipkens 6-1, 6-0; Michelle Larcher De Brito(Por) bt 15-Jie Zheng(Chn) 6-4, 6-3; 1-Dinara Safina (Rus) bt Vitalia Diatchenko (Rus) 6-1, 6-1; 25-Li Na (Chn) bt Timea Bacsinszky (Sui) 6-1, 6-4; 27-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) bt Julie Coin (Fra) 6-2, 7-6(2); 9-Victoria Azarenka (Blr) bt Kristina Barrois (Ger) 7-6(1), 7-5; 29-Agnes Szavay (Hun) bt Elena Vesnina (Rus) 6-2, 6-0.

First round: Virginia Ruano Pascual (Esp) bt Nicole Vaidisova (Cze) 6-4, 6-3; Virginie Razzano (Fra) bt Daniela Hantuchova (Svk) 6-3, 6-3; 3-Serena Williams (USA) bt Klara Zakopalova (Cze) 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4; 4-Elena Dementieva (Rus) bt Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 6-4, 6-3; Yanina Wickmayer (Bel) bt Urszula Radwanska (Pol) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0; Jelena Dokic (Aus) bt Karolina Sprem (Cro) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2; Sorana Cirstea (Rou) bt Carly Gullickson (USA) 6-4, 6-2; 30-Samantha Stosur (Aus) bt Francesca Schiavone (Ita) 6-4, 6-2; 18-Anabel Medina Garrigues (Esp) bt Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) 6-2, 5-7, 6-0; Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (Esp) bt 31-Peng Shuai (Chn) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.

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