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Serena, Kvitova survive scares, Wozniacki beaten

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In what was a thoroughly entertaining day in the women's draw at the French Open, world no.1 Serena Williams and fourth seed Petra Kvitova both dropped the opening set of their matches against relative unknowns, before prevailing in three hard fought sets to advance to the third round. Not quite as fortunate was 5th seed Caroline Wozniacki, who was shown the door by German Julia Goerges, however, in what was easily the match of the day, the 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone edged out the 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in an epic slugfest that lasted nearly 4 hours.

To Williams first, and the favourite for the title was up against unheralded German Anna-Lena Friedsam, a 21 year old, playing in the second round of a Grand Slam tournament for the very first time in her career. The youngster, who is ranked just outside the top 100, stunned Williams by taking the first set 7-5, sending fans (and reporters) in a bit of a tizzy around Paris. Williams though recovered her poise to battle through in three tough sets, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.

Almost as brutal was 4th seed Petra Kvitova's conquest of Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa. The 25 year old two-time Wimbledon champion has been in terrific form in the run up to the French Open, but she looked like she could have been headed for an early exit when she dropped the opening set 7-4 in a tiebreak. The Czech left-hander battled back to win the match, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 to book a place in the third round.

Popular Dane Caroline Wozniaki was the biggest casualty of the day at the French Open, going down in straight sets to Germany's Julia 'Gorgeous' Goerges, 6-4, 7-6.

The match of the day though undoubtedly belonged to the two former champions, who memorably battled for nearly 5 hours at the US Open back in 2011 when Schiavone beat Kuznetsova 16-14 in the final set. Today's triumph was not quite as dramatic, but it did feature three exceptionally close sets. Kuznetsova nicked the first set 13-11 in the tiebreak, but Schiavone came back to win the 3 hour 49 minute encounter, 6-7, 7-5, 10-8.

Other winners today included Victoria Azarenka, Madison Keys, Sara Errani and Andrea Petkovic.

Women's Singles Second Round Scores

[1] S Williams d. Al Friedsam 5-7, 6-3, 6-3

[4] P Kvitova d. S Soler-Espinosa 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2

J Goerges d. [5] C Wozniacki 6-4, 7-6 (4)

[10] A Petkovic d. L Dominguez Lino 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

A Mitu d. [12] K Pliskova 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-4

[16] M Keys d. B Bencic 6-0, 6-3

[17] S Errani d. C Witthoeft 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

F Schiavone d. [18] S Kuznetsova 6-7 (11), 7-5, 10-8

[23] T Bacsinszky d. T Smitkova 6-2, 6-0

[27] V Azarenka d. L Hradecka 6-2, 6-3