Wozniacki Survives, Hantuchova Up Next
Published May 25, 2011 12:00
PARIS, France - World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki survived a stern test from near-namesake Aleksandra Wozniak on Wednesday, coming back from triple set point down to close out the Canadian in straight sets in the second round.
Wozniak, a former No.21 who has been struggling with wrist and arm injuries over the last several months and is now down at No.162, revived her game on the terre battue over the last few days, storming through the qualifying and dropping just two games in her first round win over Japan's Junri Namigata.
Though the top-seeded Wozniacki won the first set comfortably, 6-3, Wozniak hung tough the entire second set, not losing serve and building her own 6-3 lead in the ensuing tie-break; but a string of errors from the Canadian gave Wozniacki five straight points and a 63 76(6) path to the third round in the French capital.
"Thankfully I finished it in two sets. It could easily have been three," Wozniacki said. "I'm more comfortable on hardcourts but at the same time I think I play well on clay, and I've shown that with the results I've done on clay so far this season. I'm just going to take it one match at a time here and we'll see how it goes. Next match will be a tough one... hopefully I can pull through."
Next up is No.28 seed Daniela Hantuchova, who hit 28 winners to just 18 errors for a 61 62 win over Sara Errani. Errani pulled off a stunning comeback in her first round, rallying from 0-5 in the third set to beat Christina McHale.
Other winners in Wozniacki's section of the draw were No.13 seed and former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who avenged a recent loss to Irina-Camelia Begu with a 61 61 win over the young Romanian; and Canadian Rebecca Marino, who outlasted María José Martínez Sánchez, 26 63 63.
Kuznetsova and Marino have never played, but Kuznetsova may have the advantage in terms of experience at Roland Garros, reaching the final in 2006 and winning the title in 2009; Marino is playing this event for the first time.