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French Open: Muguruza, Svitolina and Radwanska advance to the third round

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Fourth seed Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain reached the third round of the French Open tennis tournament after beating Estonian Anett Kontaveit in a hard-fought match. After conceding the first set, the defending champion defeated the World No.53 on Wednesday evening 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and eight minutes.

Following the match, the Spaniard said that although she had lost against the Estonian recently but in this tournament she feels better and is playing to win, referring to her loss against Kontaveit in the Stuttgart Open round of 16.

On Friday, Muguruza is set to face in the round-of-32 Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva, seeded 27th, who defeated Sweden's Johanna Larsson 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 earlier on Wednesday.

Ukraine tennis player Elina Svitolina and ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska rallied past their opponents in the second round of the French Open on Thursday.

Svitolina, sixth in the WTA world rankings, finished a total of 32 winners, despite producing 28 unforced errors and five double faults.

After losing 3-6 in the first set, the titleholder in Rome turned things around to beat Tsvetana Pironkova 6-3, 6-2. Meanwhile Radwanska defeated Alison Van Uytvanck 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3 in two hours and 22 minutes.

Svitolina will face Magda Linette of Poland in the third round and Radwanska will play local favourite Alize Cornet.

Commenting on Pironkova's performance, Svitolina said: "She was playing really very good. I was just waiting for my chances to be back, because I didn't play that bad in the first set, but she was playing amazing from the start."

"The second and third set was not easy, but I was ready with my game at the important moments when I needed, and it worked really good.

"I will just take it easy and be ready for next match, next opponent, and there's going to be a tough one, but I'm going to be ready for it," she added.

In other matches, Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko defeated Puerto Rican Monica Puig in straight sets to enter the third round of the French Open. 19-year-old Ostapenko defeated Puig 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and eight minutes on Wednesday evening. The Latvian will next meet Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko, who scored a 6-2, 6-2 win over Russian Ekaterina Makarova.