By Melinda Samson, Special for Tennis Grandstand
Number six seed Sam Stosur powered past Irina Falconi in straight sets to set up a third round match against Nadia Petrova.
Stosur broke Falconi’s first and second service games to comfortably win the first set 6-1 in 25 minutes. During the second set, both players held serve until Stosur broke in the fifth game, a break that she held to win the set 6-4 in 38 minutes. Although she double faulted on the first match point, and Falconi was able to get a few break point opportunities during the match, Stosur looked powerful and in control.
Update on Aussie action from Round 1: Tomic and Gajdosova through to 2nd Round
It was perfect weather for tennis on the opening Sunday of Roland Garros as Stosur kicked off the first match on Court Philippe Chatrier, serving up a strong performance to beat British No.1 Elena Baltacha 6-4, 6-0.
After taking only an hour to complete the match, Stosur left the court smiling and looking relaxed.
Stosur and her supporters will be hoping the stunning weather continues, which it has so far.
“If it’s not sunny, it plays dead. If it’s sunny, it’s great for Sam,” commented Stosur’s coach David Taylor.
Casey Dellacqua won the first set against 21st seed Italian Sara Errani before losing in three sets. Likewise Anastasia Rodinova lost to French player Mathilde Johannson in a tough three set match.
Despite his will to win and the support of the crowd, Lleyton Hewitt lost in four sets to Slovenian qualifier Blaz Kavcic. Hewitt plays next on grass as a wildcard recipient at Queens.
Matthew Ebden lost his first ever match at Roland Garros in four sets, to German 24th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber.
After the match Ebden took a positive approach on his Facebook page:
“Played a good match today and improved lots of things but couldnt quite get there Phillip served and played very well. Quite disappointed of course but excited with all the improvements I have to make.”
Bernard Tomic had more success, achieving his first ever win at Roland Garros by defeating Austrian qualifier Andreas Haider-Maurer in three sets. Tomic plays Santiago Giraldo in the 2nd round.
Although wild card recipient Ashleigh Barty was beaten by Wimbldeon champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets in less than an hour, the sixteen year old gained a lot from the experience, tweeting:
“Tough day yesterday. Was a great experience to play Petra on such a big occasion! I’ve learnt a lot and can’t wait to play again next here (hopefully :)”
Jarmila Gajdosova progressed through the draw after Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova retired in the second set due to a spine injury. Gajdosova plays number nine seed Caroline Wozniaki in the 3rd round.
Follow Tennis Grandstand for updates on all the Australian players’ progress throughout the main draw of the French Open.
Melinda Samson is attending Roland Garros and will be writing updates on Australian players through their trek of the tennis world’s second slam. She also manages the website Grand Slam Gal and is attempting to do the fan version of a tennis grand slam in 2012. Follow her on Twitter for further live updates @GrandSlamGal.
carpet cleaning advice says
After exploring a few of the articles on your web
site, I truly like your technique of blogging.
I book-marked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back soon. Please check out my web site too and let me know how you feel.
e commerce website pay monthly says
Ңi! I could ɦave sworn I’ve been to this ѡebsite before but after reading through somе
of the post І reɑlized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll
be bookmarking and сheϲkіng back frequently!
Look at my wеbsite: e commerce website pay monthly
on page optimization says
Hi, I do think this is an excellent blog. I stumbledupon it ;
) I will revisit once again since i have book-marked it.
Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue
to guide other people.
Local Search Engine Optimization Pro says
This information is invaluable. Where can I find out more?
Prince Philip was due to leave before Orkian got on stage but as
soon as Prince Philip heard the comedy sketch, he stayed for the
entire performance. Sotherton Cottage, with its four bedrooms and
three bathrooms, has commanding views of the Blue Mountains from its
deck that opens out from the dining room. There has never
been more competition in the financial marketplace and both secured and
unsecured loans are available for a variety of purposes.
Calgary Onling Marketing Serices says
Hello it’s me, I am also visiting this web site daily, this website is in fact
good and the users are truly sharing good thoughts.