French Open 2012: Caroline Wozniacki, Li Na and Petra Kvitova all progress to third round

May 31st, 20124:55 pm @


Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who only dropped three games in her opening win
over Australian teenager Ashleigh Barty, needed 70 minutes to set up a clash
with Russia’s Nina Bratchikova.

The 22-year-old has twice reached the fourth round in Paris, including last
year when she was defeated by China’s Li Na and she never looked in trouble
on Thursday.

She fired 30 winners past the 21-year-old Pole, the younger sister of third
seeded Agnieszka Radwanska who had put out Venus Williams on Wednesday.

“She played well, she has good hands and a good touch,” said 22-year-old
Kvitova of her 79th-ranked opponent.

“But she wasn’t very aggressive so I was able to play my game.”

The first seed to lose on Thursday was Russian 16th seed Maria Kirilenko who,
under the concerned gaze of ice hockey superstar boyfriend Alex Ovechkin,
slumped to a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 loss to the Czech Republic’s Klara Zakopalova.

Zakopalova has made the third round for the first time in nine attempts and
will face Russian 22nd seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who put out Melinda
Czink of Hungary 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, for a place in the last 16.

Meanwhile, Defending champion Li Na reached the third round with an easy 6-0,
6-2 win over France’s Stephanie Foretz Gacon.

Li took the hometown crowd out of the match by immediately breaking Foretz
Gacon in the first game with an aggressive baseline strategy while the
second break came courtesy of a double fault by the Frenchwoman.

The Chinese player scored the third break with a backhand crosscourt winner
before comfortably serving out the set.

In the second set, Foretz Gacon avoided total humiliation, but Li closed out
the match after just 52 minutes when her opponent hit a long return.

Li, the seventh seed, will have an American opponent in the last 32 with
Christina McHale due to face compatriot Lauren Davis later in the day.

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