Second seed Serena Williams avoided the fate of her sister Venus, and recovered from being a set down to beat Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain 4-6 6-3 6-4 and move into the fourth round of the French Open.
The match was accompanied by one incident in the first set, because of which Williams called her opponent a cheat. Martinez Sanchez broke to lead 3-2, although the crucial point-winning shot appeared to rebound off her arm.
“The ball did touch her 100 percent on her arm. The rules of tennis are when the ball hits your body, then it’s out of play […] She should have lost the point instead of cheating,” said the ten-time Grand Slam champion Williams.
However, Martinez Sanchez insisted she was innocent.
“I put the racquet up. The ball was in and it was a point for me. It didn’t hit me or my body. To say I’m a ‘cheat’ is stupid. I’m not going to comment on it.”
Tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki lost to world No.41 Sorana Cirstea of Romania 7-6(3) 7-5. Wozniacki, who has recently become the first Danish WTA player to crack the Top 10, needed a medical time-out for a back problem when just two points from defeat.
Other notable third-round results of the day: Samantha Stosur upset Elena Dementieva, Svetlana Kuznetsova dispatched Melinda Czink 6-1 6-3, Jelena Jankovic stormed into the fourth round with a 6-1 6-1 crushing of Jarmila Groth, Victoria Azarenka defeated Carla Suarez Navarro 5-7 7-5 6-2, and Agnieszka Radwanska beat Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2 6-4. (source: AFP, photo: Stephane Martinache)