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Serena wins, Roddick loses at French Open

By The Assam Tribune

PARIS, May 29 (Agencies): Serena Williams looked ill, and not only because she had lost five games in a row at the French Open. Finally she beat Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 in the 3rd round encounter.

There was no prescription to help Andy Roddick, who lost to Russian qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Roddick threw rackets and argued with the umpire, but the fits of temper failed to produce a turnaround against an opponent ranked 114th.

The top-ranked Williams appeared in danger when she fell behind 5-love in the second set and summoned the trainer. Soon Williams� court movement improved, her strokes steadied and she advanced to the fourth round.

The seesaw win assured Williams of retaining the No. 1 ranking after the tournament.

In the completion of suspended matches, Russians Mikhail Youzhny and Nadia Petrova reached the fourth round.

Youzhny, seeded 11th, defeated Viktor Troicki 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-3. Petrova, seeded 19th, edged No. 15 Aravane Rezai of France, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 10-8. Petrova plays Venus Williams next.

Top-seeded American twins Bob and Mike Bryan were upset in the second round of doubles by unseeded Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

On a cloudy, windy, chilly day, the center-court stadium was slow to fill for Serena Williams� match, the first on the schedule. Her aggressive returns had Pavlyuchenkova�s serve under constant pressure early, but the talented young Russian � a three-time Grand Slam champion in juniors � suddenly reversed the momentum in the second set.

Williams began to look sluggish during points, took her time between them and occasionally grimaced, while Pavlyuchenkova�s booming groundstrokes kept finding the corners. But in the third set, Williams erased three break points to take the lead for good at 2-1. She again became forceful with her returns, and whacked the last one at Pavlyuchenkova�s feet for the win. Pavlyuchenkova, seeded 29th, fell to 8-1 this year in three-set matches. Williams is 100-44 in three-setters.

Three sets were all the No. 6-seeded Roddick could manage. Playing on his worst surface, he found himself always on the defensive against Gabashvili, who even had the more dominating serve, with a 9-4 edge in aces. Roddick never broke and lost serve four times. His mood was sour almost from the start. During a first-set changeover, Roddick threw two wrapped rackets and seemed to be angry about way they had been strung.

During another changeover three games from the end, Roddick engaged in a long, heated discussion with the umpire. Roddick�s defeat left one American in the men�s draw � unseeded Robby Ginepri, who came into the tournament with a 1-7 record this year.

The 25-year-old Gabashvili, who was playing in the third round of a major event for the first time, is the lone remaining qualifier in the men�s draw.

Roger Federer has been an adviser, friend and Olympic doubles partner for Stanislas Wawrinka, and now they�ll be Grand Slam opponents for the first time. Switzerland�s two best players meet Sunday in the fourth round.

�He�s really a good friend,� Wawrinka said. �We know each other so well, so it�s never easy to play him, especially here in French Open. But then when you go on court, you try to do your job.�

Wawrinka has taken care of business at Roland Garros, reaching the round of 16 for the first time. With one more victory, he would earn his first berth in a Grand Slam quarterfinal. A win would also end Federer�s record streak of reaching the semifinals in 23 consecutive major tournaments.

�All streaks come to an end,� Wawrinka said. �Sooner or later in his career, he will lose before the semifinals. But writing history, that is not my main objective.� Seeded 20th, Wawrinka earned a chance to play Federer by beating Fabio Fognini on Friday, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1. Federer beat qualifier Julian Reister 6-4, 6-0, 6-4.

Also advancing were Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams. Most of tennis� top players were in action because of a schedule backlog caused by rain earlier in the week. Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset by fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. The No. 6-seeded Kuznetsova, who saved four match points in the second round, will fall out of the top 10 for the first time in four years.

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Serena wins, Roddick loses at French Open

PARIS, May 29 (Agencies): Serena Williams looked ill, and not only because she had lost five games in a row at the French Open. Finally she beat Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 in the 3rd round encounter.

There was no prescription to help Andy Roddick, who lost to Russian qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Roddick threw rackets and argued with the umpire, but the fits of temper failed to produce a turnaround against an opponent ranked 114th.

The top-ranked Williams appeared in danger when she fell behind 5-love in the second set and summoned the trainer. Soon Williams� court movement improved, her strokes steadied and she advanced to the fourth round.

The seesaw win assured Williams of retaining the No. 1 ranking after the tournament.

In the completion of suspended matches, Russians Mikhail Youzhny and Nadia Petrova reached the fourth round.

Youzhny, seeded 11th, defeated Viktor Troicki 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-3. Petrova, seeded 19th, edged No. 15 Aravane Rezai of France, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 10-8. Petrova plays Venus Williams next.

Top-seeded American twins Bob and Mike Bryan were upset in the second round of doubles by unseeded Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

On a cloudy, windy, chilly day, the center-court stadium was slow to fill for Serena Williams� match, the first on the schedule. Her aggressive returns had Pavlyuchenkova�s serve under constant pressure early, but the talented young Russian � a three-time Grand Slam champion in juniors � suddenly reversed the momentum in the second set.

Williams began to look sluggish during points, took her time between them and occasionally grimaced, while Pavlyuchenkova�s booming groundstrokes kept finding the corners. But in the third set, Williams erased three break points to take the lead for good at 2-1. She again became forceful with her returns, and whacked the last one at Pavlyuchenkova�s feet for the win. Pavlyuchenkova, seeded 29th, fell to 8-1 this year in three-set matches. Williams is 100-44 in three-setters.

Three sets were all the No. 6-seeded Roddick could manage. Playing on his worst surface, he found himself always on the defensive against Gabashvili, who even had the more dominating serve, with a 9-4 edge in aces. Roddick never broke and lost serve four times. His mood was sour almost from the start. During a first-set changeover, Roddick threw two wrapped rackets and seemed to be angry about way they had been strung.

During another changeover three games from the end, Roddick engaged in a long, heated discussion with the umpire. Roddick�s defeat left one American in the men�s draw � unseeded Robby Ginepri, who came into the tournament with a 1-7 record this year.

The 25-year-old Gabashvili, who was playing in the third round of a major event for the first time, is the lone remaining qualifier in the men�s draw.

Roger Federer has been an adviser, friend and Olympic doubles partner for Stanislas Wawrinka, and now they�ll be Grand Slam opponents for the first time. Switzerland�s two best players meet Sunday in the fourth round.

�He�s really a good friend,� Wawrinka said. �We know each other so well, so it�s never easy to play him, especially here in French Open. But then when you go on court, you try to do your job.�

Wawrinka has taken care of business at Roland Garros, reaching the round of 16 for the first time. With one more victory, he would earn his first berth in a Grand Slam quarterfinal. A win would also end Federer�s record streak of reaching the semifinals in 23 consecutive major tournaments.

�All streaks come to an end,� Wawrinka said. �Sooner or later in his career, he will lose before the semifinals. But writing history, that is not my main objective.� Seeded 20th, Wawrinka earned a chance to play Federer by beating Fabio Fognini on Friday, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1. Federer beat qualifier Julian Reister 6-4, 6-0, 6-4.

Also advancing were Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams. Most of tennis� top players were in action because of a schedule backlog caused by rain earlier in the week. Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset by fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. The No. 6-seeded Kuznetsova, who saved four match points in the second round, will fall out of the top 10 for the first time in four years.