Li Na and A.Radwanska advance in Paris, Goerges out

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Chinese 6th seed Na Li, the 2011 Roland Garros champion, played against 68th ranked Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain in much warmer and wind free conditions at the French Open on Monday morning. Li came on court with her right knee strongly taped, while Medina Garrigues had tape on both her knees and strapping on her thigh. The match was close, with Li taking the first set 6-3 in forty eight minutes. In the second set the Spaniard built up a 2-0 lead, but Li then took three games in a row to lead 3-2. Medina Garrigues held and broke when Li completely lost focus, to level at 4-4. Li went ahead 5-4 after a bizarre decision by umpire Louise Engel, which led to a heated argument between her and Medina Garrigues at the sit down. Back on court Li served out the set 6-4 to take the match. Medina Garrigues conspicuously did not shake hands with the umpire.

Agga Radwanska, the 4th seeded Pole, had a much easier time on court than her younger sister Urszula did on Sunday night, when she took out Venus Williams. Playing against Shahar Peer of Israel, ranked 11 just a few seasons ago and now at 140, Radwanska ran up a 4-0 lead despite a heavily strapped left thigh, by taking all the key points. Peer got on the scoreboard in the fifth game, but Radwanska wrapped up the set 6-1. In the second set the Pole again went into an early lead, but Peer held in the third game to trail 1-2. At this point Peer had many chances to break and hold, but missed the boat and did not get another game, even though she hit more winners than Radwanska.

24th seeded Julia Goerges of Germany had five set points in the first set against 999th ranked Zuzana Kucova of Slovakia, who got into the qualifiers on a protected ranking. The German fluffed her chances and a breaker ensued, which the Slovak won 10-8. Kucova then raced through the second set without dropping a game, despite Goerges’ ten aces.

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