Bethanie knocks out Li Na
China's Li Na crashed out of the French Open on Thursday losing 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States in a second round tie...
China's Li Na crashed out of the French Open on Thursday losing 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States in a second round tie badly disrupted by rain. It was the first time the 2011 champion had gone out at such an early stage of the tournament in seven appearances and wrecked her hopes of a second straight Grand Slam final appearance after Australia in January. As she did in the first round against Anabel Medina Garrigues, sixth-seeded Li got off to a strong start winning the first four games before the stocky American rallied to win the next four. In the third round Mattek-Sands will play Argentina's Paula Ormaechea who defeated Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-4, 7-6 (8/6). Shvedova was the player who ended Li's French Open reign last year with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 upset fourth round win. Meanwhile, former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic won 12 consecutive games on Thursday to beat the rain and Garbine Muguruza at the French Open. Jankovic fell behind early but rallied past Muguruza 6-3, 6-0 shortly before showers interrupted the first matches of the day on 12 other courts. A brief dry spell allowed 2010 runner-up Sam Stosur to complete a second-round victory over Kristina Mladenovic, 6-4, 6-3, before the rain resumed. Zheng Jie beat Melanie Oudin of the United States 6-3, 6-1. No. 27 Yaroslava Shvedova lost to Paula Ormaechea 6-4, 7-6 (6). With the cool midday temperature, Jankovic took the court wearing pink leggings and a long-sleeve pink shirt. She looked uncomfortable at the start, losing the first three games, then won the rest after adjusting to the strokes of Muguruza, a 19-year-old Spaniard. The No. 9-seeded Stosur never lost serve but needed nearly an hour to take the first set against Mladenovic. Stosur reached set point for the fourth time on a fluky point with her opponent at the net, hitting a line-drive block volley that sent Mladenovic ducking to avoid. World No. 16 Philipp Kohlschreiber moved into the men's third round when Yen-hsun Lu withdrew because of a right ankle injury. Victor Hanescu also advanced when Dmitry Tursunov retired trailing 6-4, 6-6 (3).
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