Added At: 2010-05-11 11:23 PM
Last Updated At: 2010-05-12 5:10 AM
Agence France Presse
MADRID: A pair of women’s seeds were bundled out of the Madrid Masters today, as Aussie Samantha Stosur contined her fine run on clay by ousting last week’s Rome champion, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.
Stosur prevailed 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 and will next play Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder, who upset Polish No 9 seed Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Schnyder, aged 31 and ranked 48th in the world, mounted a comeback to stun Radwanska for a 2-1 lead in their head-to-head series. The Swiss broke six times in the two-hour victory, her 10th of a modest season against eight losses.
Stosur, a French Open semi-finalist last year, has bloomed on the clay this spring, winning Charleston and reaching the final in Stuttgart. She has won 13 of her last 14 matches on clay.
German Andrea Petkovic upset Italian 14th seed Flavia Pennetta 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 while Czech Lucie Safarova followed up her first-round win over three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 second-round win over Olga Govortsova of Belarus. Russian world No 18 Nadia Petrova defeated compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 7-5.
On the men’s side, 16th seed Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil beat Spanish wild card Pere Riba 7-6 (7/5), 6-1. Two matches ended quickly in retirements, with Argentine Juan Chela advancing past Pablo Cuevas 2-0 and Romanian Victor Hanescu going through as Russian Igor Andreev quit when trailing 3-6, 6-5.
On Monday, Serena Williams saved a match point before beating Vera Dushevina of Russia 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) in the longest match of her career to reach third round. The top-seeded American wasted three set points in the first and then faced a match point on her serve when trailing 6-5 in the second, but managed to hold on despite her game being littered with unforced errors. Williams looked
set to close out the match when she broke serve to go 5-2 up, but squandered the lead and then trailed 4-0 in the decisive tiebreaker before sealing the win in 3 hours, 26 minutes.
Her sister Venus beat Vera Zvonareva of Russia 7-5, 6-3, while second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki won her first-round match against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2. However, defending champion Dinara Safina was upset by Czech qualifier Klara Zakopalova in the first round, losing 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3).
In another second-round match, Francesca Schiavone beat Sybille Bammer 6-2, 6-1. In first-round
action, Peng Shuai advanced when 10th-seeded Victoria Azarenka while trailing 3-0. Anabel Medina Garrigues, eighth-seeded Samantha Stosur, 14th-seeded Flavia Pennetta, 16th-seeded Nadia Petrova, Alisa Kleybanova and Patty Schnyder also won.
In the men’s first round, qualifier Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr of Ukraine
beat Italy’s Andrea Seppi 6-3, 6-4 and Austria’s Jurgen Melzer defeated South African qualifier Kevin
Anderson 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. Spain’s Feliciano Lopez eased past Lukasz Kubot of Poland 6-3, 6-3 while 12th-seeded Gael Monfils of France beat compatriot Stephane Robert 6-2, 7-5.