Serena Williams moves into third round in Madrid

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Second round matches continued on Tuesday at the Matua Madrid Open tournament. 36th ranked Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova, who took out 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki in the first round, played against 22nd ranked Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, who beat Mona Barthel in her first round encounter. The Kazakh got the breaks in the first set to take it 6-2. In the second set she again got a break early on and held on to it until the 8th game when the Belgian broke back to level, hold and break again to take the set 6-4. In the decider, games went with serve until Shvedova broke to lead 5-4 and held to take the set 6-4. In this error-strewn match which took 2 hours 34 minutes to complete, Shvedova served 15 double faults to Flipkens’ 8 and only 2 aces to the Belgian’s 5. On beak points, the Kazakh saved 21 out of 32 break points, her opponent 11 out of 32.

14th seed Marion Bartoli got to the second round by way of Elena Vesnina’s injury retirement, while her opponent, the 86th ranked Spanish qualifier Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, had taken out Francesca Schiavone in straight sets. Bartoli got one break to take the first set 6-4, but the Spaniard easily took the second set 6-2. In the decider, Bartoli got her game together and raced away to take a 5-1 lead, but Torro-Flor held, broke and held again for 4-5. Despite serving her 9th double fault on match point, she closed out the set 6-4 for the win in just over two and a quarter hours.

Top seed Serena Williams was taken to a tie break in the first set of her first round match before coasting through to a 7-6 6-1 win against the qualifier from Kazakhstan, 89th ranked Yulia Putintseva. In her second round match she faced off against the 47th ranked Spanish wild card, Lourdes Dominguez Lino who had beaten Simona Halep in three sets in her first round match. In her second round match, Serena rolled through the first set 6-2, but the wily Spaniard came out fighting in the second set and after the American went 2-0 up, she fought back to level and then games went with serve to 5-5 when Serena broke and then served out for a 7-5 set.

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