Roland Garros: Wozniacki, Stosur Reach Third Round
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki has reached the third round after defeating Aleksandra Wozniack 6-3, 7-6 to meet Daniela Hantuchova in the next term.
The Dane stole an early break from the Canadian to build a 2-0 lead. Wozniack counterbalanced her poor start by denying the favorite on her next serve, but that what the best she could do. Caroline finished the opener with another break won in the sixth game. The Canadian managed to win a couple of more games but it was too late as the sop seeder made it 1-0.
The second set found both players holding their serve consistently. Wozniack pushed the decider into tie-break and the Dane into a 14-mini break run. Finally, Caroline clinched the victory 8-6 to mae the progress. She will next meet this year’s Pattaya City’s champion Daniela Hantuchova who eased past Sata Errani in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.
Samantha Stosur beat Romania’s Simona Halep 6-0, 6-2 in the second round to play Gisela Dulko in the next term. The Aussie gave Halep no chance, breaking her three times only in the opener. As for the second set, Samantha won it by four games thanks to a couple of breaks, though she was leveled in early in the second game. Her next opponent, Dulko stunned Tsvetana Pironkova in two sets, 6-4, 6-2, though she had to word pretty hard in front of a stubborn Bulgarian.
This year’s Stuttgart winner Julia Gorges edged Lucie Safarova in three sets after surviving an early scare, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2. The German will next play Marion Bartoli in what is expected to be a very tight round. The French overcame Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-4, 6-7, 6-2. Asked if she thinks she’ll be able to make another good figure, Julia said that “I don’t think I’m a player who can win here. I haven’t reached past the third round here. I don’t count myself… I wasn’t really on the court in the first set. It’s tough when you can’t play your best tennis and you think ‘what are you doing here?”
On the same first half of the table, Rebecca Marino and Svetlana Kuznetsova will also fight for a place into the fourth round. The Canadian beat Maria Jose Martinez 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, while her next opponent eased past Romania’s Irina Begu 6-1, 6-1. The 2011 Monterrey champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova passed Mona Barthel of Germany 6-0, 7-6 and will next meet Nuria Llagostera, who ousted Alize Cornet in two sets, 6-0, 6-2.
Jelena Jankovic has flown into the third term after defeating Vera Dushevina 6-3, 6-2 to set a Bethanie Sands meeting in the next round. The American edged Varvara Lepchenko in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Anastasia Rodionova upset Romania’s Edina Hall 6-1, 6-4 and is to play either one of the main favorites Vera Zvonareva or Sabine Lisicki.
Shuai Peng eliminated Polona Hercog in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1 and will next meet the winner between Francesca Schiavone and Vesna Dolonts. On the second half of the table, the Australian Open runner-up Li Na edged Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-, 6-3 to confront Silvia Soler in the second term. Sorana Cirstea and Alexandra Dulgheru have set a 100% Romanian second round after both players made easy progresses.
Cirstea ousted Swiss Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-3, while her compatriot beat Laura Pous 6-3, 6-4. The winner between the two will face either Li Na or Soler in the fourth round. Second favorite Kim CLijsters has made a smooth progress into the second round after knocking Anastasiya Yakimova 6-2, 6-3 to meet Arantxa Rus of Holland in the next term. The Dutch ousted Marina Erakovic 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 and will be playing the Belgian for the first time.
Andrea Petkovic, winner of the Strasbourg event, is to meet Lucie Hradecka in the second term. The German player stunned Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 6-4, 7-5, while her next opponent overcame Anastasija Sevastova in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1. The winner between the two will meet either Anabel Medina or Jarmila Gajdosova in the fourth round.
Maria Sharapova, whose main aim is the French Open trophy, started the tournament with a comprehensive win over Mirjana Lucic of Croatia whom the Russian and former world champion ousted in two sets, 6-3, 6-0. Sharapova is to meet Caroline Garcia of France who gave no chance to Zuzana Ondraskova, beating her in two easy sets, 6-3, 6-4.
Yanina Wickmayer and Ayumi Morita will also play for a spot into the third term. The Belgian crashed Romanian Monica Niculescu 6-0, 6-3, while the Japanese needed three sets to send Kristina Mladenovic packing, beating her 2-6, 6-4, 7-5. Victoria Azarenka, winner of two tournaments, will play Pauline Parmentier in the second round. The 2011 Miami Masters and Marbella winner eliminated Andrea Hlavackova 6-3, 6-3, while the French defeated Ksenia Pervak 7-6, 6-4.
Ekaterina Makarova edged Romina Oprandi 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 in the opener to meet Johanna Larsson in the second round. The Swede has provided the biggest surprise of the tournament after defeating one of the main favorites and former world champion Ana Ivanovic 7-6, 0-6, 6-2. The Serb cried at the end of the match, leaving the court while wiping her tears.
Petra Kvitova, winner of three tournaments this season, defeated the 2011 Auckland champion Greta Arn in straight easy sets, 6-2, 6-1, and will next play Jie Zheng who also grabbed a straight-set win over Sandra Zahlavova whom she ousted 6-4, 6-3. The winner between the two will meet either Elena Baltacha, who passed Sloane Stephens 7-5, 6-3, or Vania King who stunned Dominika Cibulkova 6-7, 6-3, 6-2.
Roland Garros Prize Money:
Winner – 1,200,000 euro
Finalist – 600,000 euro
Semi finalist – 300,000 euro
Quarter finalist – 150,000 euro
R16 – 75,000 euro
R32 – 42,000 euro
R64 – 25,000 euro
R128 – 15,000 euro11