Williams Sisters Win as Second Round Wraps Up

One had no trouble at all while one had a fight on her hands, but in the end both Williams sisters made it through to the third round in Paris.

Published May 28, 2009 04:36

Williams Sisters Win as Second Round Wraps Up
Venus Williams

PARIS, France - One had no trouble at all while one had a fight on her hands, but in the end both Williams sisters made it through to the third round of the French Open on Thursday. The French themselves didn't have such a good day, however.

On Wednesday, darkness stopped play after Venus Williams lost the first set to Lucie Safarova in a tie-break. They resumed Thursday and while Williams, seeded No.5, was able to even things up with an easy win in the second set, Safarova stuck with her in the third, even holding a match point leading 5-4; but the seven-time Grand Slam winner staved it off and would eventually beat the Czech left-hander, 67(5) 62 75.

"Yesterday I think I did too many things wrong. She was just firing for every shot and making them," Williams said. "There was a lot to think about during the delay, and when I came back I just tried to be as aggressive as I could. The last two sets were really close and she was playing well. But these kinds of matches are really rewarding, and I felt like I deserved the win today."

Serena Williams, the No.2 seed, had far fewer problems in her match, firing 23 winners to just 14 errors in crushing Virginia Ruano Pascual, 62 60, in only 57 minutes. Ruano Pascual had won their only prior duel, though it was in the 1990s.

"Everything clicked for me today, finally. I'm not nearly as upset as I was the other day," said Williams, who needed nine match points to finish off her first round opponent, Klara Zakopalova, on Tuesday. "I was really upset yesterday and other than coming here to practice I stayed home all day. Today I came out feeling like I had no pressure on me and I just did the best I could."

The other top names in action all won, with No.5 seed Jelena Jankovic beating Magdalena Rybarikova, 61 62; No.7 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova beating Galina Voskoboeva, 60 62; and No.10 seed Caroline Wozniacki over Jill Craybas, 61 64.

"She has always been in great shape. She works extremely hard. She's a great girl, and it's amazing she can continue on such a high level for such a long time," Wozniacki said on Craybas, nearly 35. "I'm really impressed with her game."

No.4 seed Elena Dementieva won through later in the day, losing the first set but leading 4-3 in the second set when Jelena Dokic retired with a low back injury.

Top 10 seeds were successful but many of the others in action were picked off, with Tathiana Garbin beating No.13 seed Marion Bartoli, 63 75; Virginie Razzano beating No.18 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues, 62 62; Sorana Cirstea beating No.21 seed Alizé Cornet, 63 62; and Melinda Czink saving a match point down 6-5 in the third set to oust No.28 seed Sybille Bammer, 46 63 108.

No.12 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, No.24 seed Aleksandra Wozniak and No.30 seed Samantha Stosur all won, as did unseeded players María José Martínez Sánchez, Kateryna Bondarenko, Jarmila Groth and Lourdes Domínguez Lino.

Third round matches will begin Friday with the top half of the draw in action.

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