Posted by Barrie on Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Svetlana Kuznetsova Hangs on to French Open Defence

Svetlana Kuznetsova had to save 4 match points in set two to overcome Andrea Petkovic in her second round match today.

The defending champion was outpowered in the opening two sets, with the world number 41 hitting some great ground stokes and generally winning most of the rallies.

Andrea Petkovic won the opening set 6-4 before a rain delay that last over an hour. Nerves didn't kick in after play resumed as the German continued to smash Svetlana Kuznetsova around the court.

Crucially, at 5-3 40-0 in the second set, Petkovic clearly tightened up. Firstly her serve went from her, and secondly her forehand wasn't delivering as they had been up to this point in the match. Four missed match point opportunities before Kuznetsova levelled the second set. The Russian went on to win the next two games to level up the match.

Andrea Petkovic didn't play her best tennis in the final set, coinciding with the increase confidence and belief in Svetlana Kuznetsova's own game saw the Russian take control of the final set until it came to serving out the match. She was broken herself at that point, but won the match on Petkovic's following serve and progressing into round three, 4-6 7-5 6-4.

Kuznetsova meets Maria Kirilenko in round three.

Seeds Venus Williams, Francesca Schiavone, Aravane Rezai, Nadia Petrova, Dominika Cibulkova and Alexandra Dulgheru all enjoyed victories today.

In the men's draw, seeds Roger Federer, Robin Soderling, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marin Cilic, Mikhail Youzhny and Albert Montanes all enjoyed victories today, while seed number 32 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez was defeated in four sets by Thiemo De Bakker.

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