Vaidisova into second round at French Open

29th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 29, 2007 (AFP) - Sixth seed Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic reached the second round of the French Open on Tuesday by defeating Emmanuelle Gagliardi of Switzerland 6-4, 6-2 despite struggling with a wrist injury.

PARIS, May 29, 2007 (AFP) - Sixth seed Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic reached the second round of the French Open on Tuesday by defeating Emmanuelle Gagliardi of Switzerland 6-4, 6-2 despite struggling with a wrist injury.

She will next play the winner of the tie between Vania King of the United States and Akqul Amamuradova of Uzbekistan for a place in the third round.

A surprise semi-finalist last year, the 18-year-old German-born Vaidisova came into Roland Garros with doubts over a wrist injury that forced her to miss most of the claycourt buildup tournaments.

She was dominant on her own serve in the first set but squandered four break points in the second game with some loose hitting.

The experienced 30-year-old Swiss woman held firm until the 10th game when Vaidisova stepped up the pace to break for the first time taking the set 6-4 in 47 minutes.

She broke again in the second game of the second set and moved 3-0, but Gagliardi dug deep to break Vaidisova's serve for the first time two games later with the Czech player ruefully shaking her injured wrist.

But Vaidisova composed herself to break the Gagliardi serve for a third time regaining the intiative to move 5-2 ahead.

The Swiss player saved two match points in the following game with Vaidisova over-eager to finish things off.

But on her following service game, the sixth seed wrapped the match up on her fourth match point with Gagliardi under pressure hitting a crosscourt forehand narrowly wide.


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