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Schiavone in cruise control

2012-05-22 20:49

Strasbourg, France - Second-seeded Francesca Schiavone eased into the second round of the Strasbourg International after beating Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-1, 6-2 on Tuesday, while three other seeded players lost.

The former French Open champion broke Cadantu's serve six times and next plays qualifier Mirjana Lucic of Croatia, who rallied to beat Britain's Anne Keothavong 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Third-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia, No 5 Mona Barthel of Germany, and No 6 Marina Erakovic of New Zealand all went out.

Kirilenko retired at the start of the third set against Sloane Stephens of the United States with the score 3-6, 7-5, Barthel lost 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) to Russia's Alexandra Panova, and Erakovic was thrashed 6-1, 6-3 by Japan's Ayumi Morita.

Lucie Hradecka, Virginie Razzano, Johanna Larsson and Timea Babos also advanced.

Results from the second day of the WTA tournament on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):

First round:

Alize Cornet (FRA) bt Olga Govortsova (BLR) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Shahar Peer (ISR) bt Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN x9) 7-5, 6-0
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) bt Mandy Minella (LUX) 7-6 (7/3), 6-2
Alexandra Panova (RUS) bt Mona Barthel (GER x5) 6-3, 7-6 (9/7)
Timea Babos (HUN) bt Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 3-0 retired
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP x4) bt Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 7-5, 4-6, 6-1
Johanna Larsson (SWE) bt Lauren Davis (USA) 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5)
Ayumi Morita (JPN) bt Marina Erakovic (NZL x6) 6-1, 6-3
Francesca Schiavone (ITA x2) bt Alexandra Cadantu (ROM) 6-1, 6-2
Virginie Razzano (FRA) bt Maria Jose Martinez (ESP) 1-6, 6-2, 7-5
Mirjana Lucic (CRO) bt Anne Keothavong (GBR) 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
Sloane Stephens (USA) bt Maria Kirilenko (RUS x3) 3-6, 7-5, 0-0 retired

AP