Mauresmo blows two match points in upset loss
ROME -- Top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo was upset by 29th-ranked Samantha Stosur 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (7) Wednesday in the Italian Open's second round.
Mauresmo wasted two match points, including one when she served for the match at 5-3 in the third set.
"The whole match was pretty tight. I just had to keep fighting and do my best," Stosur said. "I haven't played for nearly three hours in a long time, especially on clay."
The Italian Open is an important clay-court warmup for the French Open, which begins May 27.
Mauresmo, a two-time Italian Open champion, hadn't dropped a set in her five previous meetings with Stosur, but she struggled from the start against the Australian.
Leading 5-3 in the third set, Mauresmo wasted her first match point when she missed a forehand passing shot. Stosur broke back and saved another match point in the tiebreaker when Mauresmo hit a backhand into the net.
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"I got it back to 5-5 and then pulled it out in the tiebreaker," said Stosur, who has 21 career doubles titles but none in singles.
Second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova and No. 3 Jelena Jankovic also advanced. Kuznetsova beat Mara Santangelo 6-3, 6-3, and Jankovic eliminated 16-year-old Austrian qualifier Tamira Paszek 6-3, 6-4.
Also, sixth-seeded Dinara Safina beat Kaia Kanepi 7-6 (5), 6-2; No. 7 Anna Chakvetadze defeated Yan Zi 6-1, 6-3; and No. 9 Daniela Hantuchova routed Sybille Bammer 6-1, 6-2.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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