Thursday, May 26, 2011
Zvonareva survies massive scare in Roland Garros second round.
Lisicki, the former world No.22, spurned a match point at 5-2 up in the third set before the injury jinx that kept her off the courts for five months last year returned, prompting a long injury time-out that left her in tears.
Her momentum then evaporated as she needed to have her blood pressure taken courtside and Zvonareva proceeded to win the next five games to reach the last 32.
A weeping Lisicki departed the scene on a stretcher.
Francesca Schiavone continued her title defence with a 6-1 6-2 victory over Russian main draw debutant Vesna Dolonts in the second round.
The fifth-seeded Italian, who beat Australia's Samantha Stosur in last year's final, will meet Chinese 29th seed Peng Shuai in the last 32.
The centre court was pock-marked by empty seats by the time Schiavone arrived to tackle world No.101 Dolonts in the early evening, despite warm sunshine illuminating proceedings on the western edge of the French capital.
Dolonts, making her main draw debut at Roland Garros, broke Schiavone in her opening game but the tenacious 30-year-old broke straight back and took a 3-1 lead when the Russian found the net with a backhand from the back of the court.
Schiavone promptly sewed up the first set and was quickly on the front foot in the second, breaking Dolonts three times in succession and then overcoming a brief late flurry from her opponent to complete a 72-minute victory.
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki felt the wrath of the fans when she disputed a line call in her 6-3 7-6(6) defeat of Aleksandra Wozniak.
After winning the first set 6-3, Wozniacki found herself 6-3 down in a second-set tie-break when an attempted lob was called long by a line judge, handing Wozniak three set points and a huge chance to level the match.
Wozniacki, the 20-year-old world number one, took exception to the decision and a stand-off with the umpire ensued, prompting jeers to ring out around the Court Philippe Chatrier arena.
But the delay appeared to unsettle Canadian qualifier Wozniak and when play resumed she conceded the next five points in succession to hand Wozniacki a place in round three.
"The ball was going very fast, it wasn't slow, and if both the linesman and the umpire didn't see it when it was going like this, I wanted the linesman to confirm it was the mark that was shown," Wozniacki explained.