Mattek-Sands posts French Open upset win

May 30, 2013 at 4:06 PM
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PARIS, May 30 (UPI) -- American Bethanie Mattek-Sands ousted sixth-seeded Li Na in Thursday's second-round play at the rain-spattered French Open.

Mattek-Sands, in one of the day's early matches, eliminated Li 5-7, 6-3, 6-2. She won seven consecutive games in one stretch in building a 5-0 lead in the third set, and has reached the third round of a major tournament for a third time.

She played in the French Open third round in 2011 -- the year Li won the event -- and made the fourth round of the 2008 Wimbledon Championships.

Mattek-Sands managed seven breaks on the day, with three in the third set.

Rain was again an issue in Paris, with play suspended several times. Tournament officials called off play for the day about 9 p.m., with defending champion and second-seeded Maria Sharapova on the court. She was leading Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 4-2 with Bouchard serving ad-in when play was stopped.

Third-seeded Victoria Azarenka was able to play a match delayed by rain Wednesday, beating Annika Beck 6-4, 6-3. Azarenka had six double faults and 26 unforced errors, and won 55 percent of the points off Beck's serve and had six breaks.

No. 7-seeded Petra Kvitova defeated Peng Shuai and ninth-seeded Samantha Stosur beat Kristina Mladenovic. Both matches were 6-4, 6-3.

Martina Erakovic ousted 16th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

Other seeded second-round winners Thursday were No. 17 Sloane Stephens, 18th-seeded Jelena Jankovic and No. 31 Alize Cornet.

Also advancing were Zheng Jie, Paula Ormaechea and Jamie Hampton.

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