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Agnieszka Radwanska , Elina Svitolina survive scares

Agnieszka Radwanska , Elina Svitolina survive scares
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Elina Svitolina, this year\'s best singles player, survived a second-round scare at Roland Garros on Thursday, losing her way in the first set against Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova before serving up a rollercoaster 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.The Ukrainian, number six in the world but leading the race rankings of results accumulated during 2017, struggled early on as her heavy groundstrokes fell short or wide

Paris: Elina Svitolina, this year's best singles player, survived a second-round scare at Roland Garros on Thursday, losing her way in the first set against Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova before serving up a rollercoaster 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.The Ukrainian, number six in the world but leading the race rankings of results accumulated during 2017, struggled early on as her heavy groundstrokes fell short or wide.

Pironkova took advantage, reeling off four games in a row to take the first set.In a match littered with 54 unforced errors that the players shared almost equally, fifth seed Svitolina then started to find her range and struck back.She took the second set when her 77th-ranked opponent drove a halfcourt backhand into the net, and did enough to stay on top in the third.

Meanwhile, World number one Andy Murray's struggles this season on clay came back to plague him as he ground out an unconvincing 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) win against Slovakian power-hitter Martin Klizan.Ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska lived up to her nickname as the 'Professor' when she dug deep into her toolbox of tactics to repel tenacious qualifier Alison Van Uytvanck 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-3 in the French Open second round.

The world number 10 was taken by surprise in the first set when the aggressive Belgian, ranked 103 spots below her, went 3-1 up and squandered four break points to go 4-1 up.Despite fighting back, Radwanska could not handle her opponent's big kicking serve and stream of dropshots and Van Uytvanck bagged the tiebreak with a smash.

The 23-year-old Van Seventh seed Marin Cilic, one of six men's Grand Slam champions in the draw, claims a comfortable 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Russian Konstantin Kravchuk.Home favourite Alize Cornet recovered from 2-4 down in the first set for a 6-4, 6-1 win over Czech Barbora Strycova.

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