Serena Williams survives Klara Zakopalova this time

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Serena WilliamsAmerican Serena Williams lost to Czech Klara Zakopalova last month, when they met on the claycourts of Marbella, but the second seed converted her ninth match point to advance to the second round of Roland Garros. Williams won 6-3 6-7(5) 6-4.

The world No.100 Zakopalova saved five match points at 3-5 in the second set, and took the set to a tiebreak to win it on her fourth set point. Zakopalova kept up the momentum in the third set by breaking early, but Williams then won four games in a row. It wasn’t the end of Zakopalova, though, as she saved three more match points at 5-2 down and then broke back in the next game. However, she was finally defeated on Williams’ ninth match point.

Zakopalova gave Williams a hard time, but she wasn’t strong enough to beat the 2002 French Open champion on Grand Slam stage, even though Williams entered the match without wins on clay this season.

Williams’ opponent in the second round will be world No.133 Virginia Ruano Pascual, who defeated Nicole Vaidisova in the opening round.

Some other first-round results: Fifth seed Jelena Jankovic, wearing the first non-boring ANTA dress, with nice detailing on the back, dominated Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic 6-2 6-3 to reach the second round of Roland Garros. Seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova also advanced in straight sets, as well as fourth seed Elena Dementieva. Virginie Razzano defeated Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 6-3. Tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki battled past Vera Dushevina 4-6 7-5 6-1, in a match that started yesterday. Jelena Dokic is through, while Sania Mirza and Francesca Schiavone. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)


  1. Wozniacki starting to show signs of being worn out.

    Missing: Models Wanna Be/Tennis Players there go by the name of Kirilenko, Dani H, Tati Golovin. Last seen at a photo shoot. They have been missing along with their game for a year. If you have any information please contact the WTA Tour.

  2. does anyone know when serena had to protect herself from the ball and then she got super pissed. poor thing, she was practically in tears, i always though she was so mentally strong. happens to the best of us…

  3. Jacob, Serena is still the mentally toughest opponent out there. I am not sure if you play tennis, but when you know what you are capable of and it is just not working, then you feel the frustration and feel like breaking down in tears. It must be extremely difficult for her to try and win a match that she should have lost. I know how it feels. That being said she gutted it out and won the match, which is what was most important.

  4. I don’t Jacob when I see Serena plays I notice that sometimes she seems to get upset with herself when she mess up and I think that this was the cause and not her losing it.

    and to Carlos, the wannabe model tennis player have not only gotten beating of the court but there photoshoots have been canceled in favor of real models and oddly enough Serena and Venus Williams


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