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Serena scrapes through

2010-05-10 17:11

Madrid - Serena Williams saved a match point Monday before beating Vera Dushevina of Russia 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) to reach the third round of the Madrid Masters.

The top-seeded American was facing defeat when serving at 5-6 in the second set, but held on despite her game being littered with unforced errors.

Williams left the court for treatment when 3-2 up in the third set, returning with a strapped right thigh.

In another second-round match, Francesca Schiavone beat Sybille Bammer 6-2, 6-1.

In first-round action, Peng Shuai advanced when 10th-seeded Victoria Azarenka while trailing 3-0. Anabel Medina Garrigues, 16th-seeded Nadia Petrova, Alisa Kleybanova and Patty Schnyder also won.

Singles Results:

Women

First Round:

Peng Shuai, China, def. Victoria Azarenka (10), Bulgaria, 3-0, retired.
Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain, def. Zheng Jie, China, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Nadia Petrova (16), Russia, def. Elena Vesnina, Russia, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Alisa Kleybanova, Russia, def. Akgul Amanmuradova, Uzbekistan, 6-3, 6-2.
Patty Schnyder, Switzerland, def. Agnes Szavay, Hungary, 5-2, retired.
Arantxa Parra Santonja, Spain, def. Virginia Ruano Pascual, Spain, 6-3, 6-2.
Li Na (13), China, def. Beatriz Garcia Vidagany, Spain, 6-0, 6-2.
Samantha Stosur (8), Austria, def. Gisela Dulko, Argentina, 7-6 (3), 7-5.
Flavia Pennetta (14), Italy, def. Sorana Cirstea, Romania, 6-1, 1-6, 6-1.
Caroline Wozniacki (2), Denmark, def. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-2.
Klara Zakopalova, Czech Republic def. Dinara Safina (3), Russia, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3)

Second Round:
Serena Williams (1), United States, def. Vera Dushevina, Russia, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).
Francesca Schiavone (15), Italy, def. Sybille Bammer, Austria, 6-2, 6-1.
Venus Williams (4), United States, def. Vera Zvonareva, Russia 7-5, 6-3.

Men

First Round:
Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr., Ukraine, def. Andreas Seppi, Italy, 6-3, 6-4.
Jurgen Melzer, Austria, def. Kevin Anderson, South Africa, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.
Gael Monfils (12), France, def. Stephane Robert, France, 6-2, 7-5.
Benjamin Becker, Germany, def. Carlos Moya, Spain, 6-0, 6-2.
Leonardo Mayer, Argentina, def. Julien Benneteau, France, 6-7 (9), 7-5, 6-4.
Feliciano Lopez, Spain, def. Lukasz Kubot, Poland, 6-3, 6-3.
Nicolas Almagro, Spain, def. Viktor Troicki, Serbia, 6-1, 7-6 (3).
Santiago Giraldo, Colombia, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.

AP