Former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki is still without a win in a major clay-court tournament this season as Roland Garros approaches after losing a marathon match to Bojana Jovanovski 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) at the ATP/WTA Rome Masters on Tuesday.

With her victory, the 21-year-old from Belgrade ended a poor run of form and claimed her first win since mid-January at the Australian Open.

Russian Maria Kirilenko restored order for the seeds at the Foro Italico as the No.12 beat Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-3.

In the men’s draw, Mikhail Youzhny provided the first upset as he put out German 13th seed Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3.

The 35-year-old Haas won the Munich clay title little more than a week ago and had reached the third round in Madrid.

In other first-round results, Spain’s Fernando Verdasco beat Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos in three sets, while Frenchman Jeremy Chardy also needed three sets before beating Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(4).

The results: Men: Second round: Novak Djokovic bt Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-3; Richard Gasquet bt Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-4;

First round: Julien Benneteau bt Nicolas Almagro 7-6(2), 6-4; Mikhail Youzhny bt Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3; Gilles Simon bt Filippo Volandri 6-3, 2-6, 6-4; Viktor Troicki bt Lukas Rosol 3-6, 6-1, 6-4; Fernando Verdasco bt Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; Jeremy Chardy bt Feliciano Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(4).

Women: Second round: Petra Kvitova bt Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 0-6, 7-5. First round: Bojana Jovanovski bt Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(5); Maria Kirilenko bt Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-3; Roberta Vinci bt Elena Vesnina 6-7(2), 7-5, 6-4; Dominika Cibulkova bt Kristina Mladenovic 1-6, 6-2, 6-2; Julia Goerges bt Andrea Hlavackova 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Varvara Lepchenko bt Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-2; Christina McHale bt Karin Knapp 7-5, 6-2; Zheng Jie bt Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6(0), 6-3; Yanina Wickmayer bt Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 6-0. — AFP

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