- French Open, Day Four
Wozniacki toils as Stosur blazes into round three
Caroline Wozniacki remained on course for a maiden grand slam title, but was forced to work hard for her victory over Aleksandra Wozniak.
The world No. 1 dominated the opening set against the Canadian, but in an evenly-matched second set, neither player was able to forge a breakthrough.
Wozniak thought she had set point at 6-5, but the chair umpire overruled a line judge and Wozniacki hung on to force a tiebreak. Leading 6-3, Wozniak was a single point away from taking the match to a decider, but Wozniacki dug deep to save three set points and clinch a 6-3 7-6(6) victory.
The win sets up a third round encounter with 28th seed Daniela Hantuchova, who skipped past Italian Sara Errani 6-1 6-2 in just over an hour.
The No 3 seed Vera Zvonareva had to save a match point before claiming a 4-6 7-5 7-5 win over Sabine Lisicki.
The Russian looked in real trouble when trailing 5-2 in the final set and Lisicki had a chance to take the match but passed up a point for victory. Zvonareva remained ice cool throughout and promptly secured a break to get back to within a game.
Lisicki called the doctor at the change of ends and her blood pressure was taken, while the German complained of having trouble with her vision. She played on but looked in real trouble and was reduced to a virtual walk. Zvonareva did not pass up her chance as she broke Lisicki with ease before holding to claim her place in the third round.
Lisicki was in floods of tears at the end of the match and received lengthy treatment before being taking from the court on a stretcher.
Defending champion Francesca Schiavone had no problems in making progress, as she took out conqueror of Anne Koethavong - Vesna Dolonts 6-1 6-2.
Sam Stosur underlined her status as a serious title contender with a thundering 6-0 6-2 victory over world No. 67 Simona Halep. The Australian powered through the opening set in just 23 minutes, and despite brief relapse at the start of the second, needed just a little over an hour to seal an emphatic victory.
Julia Goerges has been one of the most impressive players on the WTA Tour this year, and she showed impressive grit to battle from behind to beat Lucie Safarova.
Despite eight double faults, Goerges set up a third-round clash against No. 11 seed and home favourite Marion Bartoli with a 2-6 7-5 6-2 victory. Bartoli was a 6-4 6-7(1) 6-2 winner over Olga Govortsova, while Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova barely broke into a sweat as she crushed French Open debutant Irina Camelia Begu 6-1 6-1 in just 47 minutes.
A mouth-watering match awaits in the third round between three-time semi-finalist Jelena Jankovic and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The former overcoming Vera Dushevina 6-3 6-2, while the American battled out a 6-3 2-6 6-3 win over compatriot Varvara Lepchenko.