Williams fights back for victory
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:31
Resuming this afternoon a set down from Wednesday night, Williams comfortably took the second set but was in real danger in the third against the unseeded Czech when serving to stay in the match at 4-5.
A backhand winner saved her skin and she went on to complete a 6-7 (5/7) 6-2 7-5 victory on Suzanne Lenglen court after two hours and 30 minutes of action.
The American will next play Hungary’s Agnes Szavay, the 29th seed.
Earlier, title contenders Jelena Jankovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova eased into round three with straight-sets wins.
Fifth seed Jankovic, semi-finalist here for the past two years, thrashed Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-2 on Suzanne Lenglen court.
Seventh seed Kuznetsova was equally as impressive, the 2006 finalist from Russia thrashing Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva 6-0 6-2 on Court Two.
Elsewhere, France’s Marion Bartoli, 13th seed, looked on the verge of tears after being dumped out of her home grand slam, losing 6-3 7-5 to Italian Tathiana Garbin.
Other winners on the fifth day of action at Roland Garros were 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki, 24th seed Aleksandra Wozniak and unseeded pair Jarmila Groth and Lourdes Dominguez Lino.