Third seed Venus Williams saved one match point in the deciding set and soon after converted her first to defeat 46th-ranked Lucie Safarova 6-7(5) 6-2 7-5 in the second round of the 2009 French Open.
The match between Williams and Safarova began yesterday, but after the world No.3 Williams lost a first-set tiebreaker the chair umpire called it a night.
The match point Williams faced was while trailing 5-4 in the final set, but the seven-time Grand Slam champion managed to hold serve, break the Czech and hold again for the win.
Williams was runner-up at Roland Garros in 2002, but since then she hasn’t gone further than the quarterfinals. Moreover, the American exited in the third round in three of the last four years.
Williams will next play Agnes Szavay, who moved into the third round on Wednesday, beating Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-0. Notice, Szavay is winning again.
No.13 seed Marion Bartoli was upset today by Tathiana Garbin 6-3 7-5. Jelena Jankovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Svetlana Kuznetsova all advanced to the third round in straight sets. Serena Williams and Elena Dementieva will play their matches later today. (photo: Stephane Martinache)