Germany’s No.1 player Andrea Petkovic had four match points against defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, but the Russian scraped through the rain-affected match to reach the third round of the French Open. Kuznetsova had actually lost to Petkovic one, their last meeting in Tokyo in 2009.
The world No.41 Petkovic had triple match point at 6-4 5-4 and another one in the same game. The sixth-seeded Kuznetsova saved them all and won the second set 7-5. The Russian then stormed into a 5-2 lead in the third set, but the decider didn’t end so quickly, as Petkovic saved three match points before Kuznetsova eventually won 4-6 7-5 6-4.
Next for Kuznetsova is fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko, seeded 30th, who beat Yvonne Meusburger 6-3 6-3 in the second round. (photos: Stephane Martinache)