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Monday, May 23, 2011

French Open: Day 2 Recap

Another day of first round matches has ended at Roland Garros, but not without a little drama. The women's draw was full of ups and downs on a fine Parisian day, and some stunning nailbiters kept the crowds wanting more.

One of the biggest dogfights of the day came not from center stage, but from outside on court 14. Young American Christina McHale pushed Italy's Sara Errani to the limit, up 5-2 in the third set after winning her first set in a tiebreaker. Errani was not to be quieted, however, rattling back against the nervous 19-year-old to win the final set 9-7. The loss may have dire effects on McHale's confidence in future matches. If she can't learn to close out the match (which she has been able to do in the past) she won't be able to take her game to the next level.

Another American felt the pain early today as well. It was Melanie Oudin's shot to beat 2010 French Champion Schiavone twice in two meetings, but today wasn't her day. The Georgia native was unable to find any rhtyhm on the red clay and Schiavone easily picked her game apart. The final score was a disappointing 6-2 6-0.

Most of the seeded players prevailed in their matches today, including Zvonareva, Wozniacki, Kvitova, Radwanska and others. Bartoli was the only winning seed to go three sets, but she faired better than both Petrova and Zakaplaova, both of whom suffered first round losses.

For a full list of a result, click HERE!

-Kedzie Teller, ITB Senior Editor


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