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Cirstea battles back from matchpoint down to beat Wozniak, Jankovic beats Fichman

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After rain interrupted play on Monday at Roland-Garros, Aleksandra Wozniak was granted an extra day of rest after winning three qualifying matches to reach the main draw.

Wozniak, who reached the fourth round of the French Open in 2009, was back in Paris after being forced to miss last year’s tournament because of a shoulder injury. It didn’t take long for the Canadian to find her bearings at her most successful Grand Slam. She won the first set in a tiebreak against Sorana Cirstea and had two break points to lead 5-3 in the second. Again at 5-4, Wozniak held a match point on Cirstea’s serve, but was unable to convert. The Romanian went on to win nine of the last twelve games to earn a 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-2 victory.

Sharon Fichman had to sleep on holding one set lead against Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic as their first round match had to be completed Tuesday with 7-5, 1-5 for Fichman. Jankovic, ranked no. 7 in the world, jumped out to an early lead in the third set, but Fichman battled until the end, using several well-executed drop shots to her advantage. The 23-year-old Canadian, who was playing in just her second Grand Slam main draw, ultimately fell 5-7, 6-1, 6-3.