French Open: Djokovic Wins, Former Women's Champ Loses In Upset

By Jim McCoy Thu 30th May SportsFrench OpenLi NaNovak DjokovicSamantha Stosur
MEN'S BRACKET Top-ranked Novak Djokovic eased into the third round of the French Open with a 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 win over Argentina's Guido Pella on Thursday. Djokovic has won every Grand Slam title except the French Open and has made this year's tournament his priority. The Serb lost last year's rain-interrupted final at Roland Garros to Spaniard Rafael Nadal. The match on center court was delayed and interrupted by afternoon rain. It had little effect on Djokovic's concentration as he swept aside Pella in 1 hour, 26 minutes. He had 30 winners, broke Pella's serve six times and did not face a single break point on his serve, clinching victory on his third match point when Pella double-faulted. AMERICAN WOMAN TOPPLES FORMER CHAMP American Bethanie Mattek-Sands rallied past 2011 French Open champion Li Na 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 Thursday in the second round at Roland Garros. Mattek-Sands won seven consecutive games to take a 5-0 lead in the final set after the second rain delay of the match. She served out the victory with the sun shining and rain falling, and became the fourth U.S. woman to reach the third round. The 67th-ranked Mattek-Sands matched her best showing at Roland Garros. She failed to qualify for the Australian Open in January and arrived in Paris with a 10-8 record this year. Li was seeded sixth. Since winning her lone major title, she has lost in the first or second round at four of the eight Grand Slam events. STOSUR WINS Ninth-seeded Sam Stosur beat Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-3 to reach the third round of the French Open on Thursday. The former U.S. Open champion saved the only break point she faced, hit 26 winners and broke Mladenovic's serve once in each set before another rain delay at the French Open. Stosur will face 18th-seeded Jelena Jankovic, a three-time semifinalist at Roland Garros. The former No. 1 Jankovic beat Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-3, 6-0. Stosur reached the French Open final three years ago.

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