Beijing - Serena Williams stumbled her way through to the third round of the
China Open Tuesday, claiming victory over Francesca Schiavone in an
unconvincing two sets.
The world No 1 at times appeared
agitated during her 6-4, 7-5 victory over the Italian, shouting at
herself over lost points.
The American only showed rare moments of
her trademark power-play, gaining the upper hand in the first set via a
mistake from her opponent who double-faulted on set-point.
top seed was forced to become more aggressive in the second set after
her serve was broken in the first game by Schiavone, Italy's first Grand
Slam winner at Roland Garros in 2010 and the current world number 50.
the competition intensified both players' tempers threatened to boil
over, with Williams shouting and Schiavone smashing balls into the
barriers at the side of the court.
But Williams seemed calmer - and quieter - as she closed in on victory.
was able to save some energy, so I started walking slower and taking my
time more. When I did that, I actually won three or four games in a
row," she told reporters after the match.
The 32-year-old and her
sister Venus suffered a disappointing first-round exit in the doubles
competition on Monday against Taiwan's Chan Hao-Ching and American
Serena smashed her tennis racket furiously into the ground when the pair lost the game as she double-faulted at match-point.
on Tuesday, 12th seed Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro defeated American
Lauren Davis 6-4, 6-2 to book her place in the third round of the
women's singles competition.
In the men's singles, fifth seed
Richard Gasquet and sixth seed Stanislas Wawrinka both safely negotiated
a passage through to the second round.
France's Gasquet defeated
Florian Mayer of Germany 6-3, 7-6 (7/2), while Switzerland's Wawrinka
needed three sets to overcome Italian Andreas Seppi 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
other early session matches saw Spain's Fernando Verdasco claim victory
over Somdev Devvarman of India 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, and American Sam Querrey
defeat Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
Results from the China Open in Beijing on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):
Richard Gasquet (FRA x5) bt Florian Mayer (GER) 6-3, 7-6 (7/2)
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x6) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) bt Somdev Devvarman (IND) 7-6 (8/6), 6-3
Sam Querrey (USA) bt Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Lukas Rosol (CZE) 6-0, 6-3
John Isner (USA x8) bt Wu Di (CHN) 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3
Marinko Matosevic (AUS) bt Julien Benneteau (FRA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3
Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Santiago Giraldo (COL) 6-2, 6-4
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 6-4, 7-5
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP x12) bt Lauren Davis (USA) 6-4, 6-2
Sabine Lisicki (GER x13) bt Venus Williams (USA) 6-1, 6-2
Roberta Vinci (ITA x10) bt Zhang Shuai (CHN) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) bt Urszula Radwanska (POL) 6-4, 6-4
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x6) bt Monica Niculescu (ROM) 6-3, 6-1