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Friday 15 December 2017

Wozniacki performing well with pressure off

FORMER world number one Caroline Wozniacki (pictured) eased into the third round of the French Open with a 6-1 6-4 victory over Jarmila Gajdosova.

Wozniacki is flying a bit under the radar at Roland Garros after a poor start to the year where she has failed to win a title and has dropped from world number one to nine.

One benefit of Wozniacki's slide down the rankings is she no longer has to justify her number one position without having won a grand slam.

Maria Sharapova's clash with Ayumi Morita was put back because of the latest John Isner marathon but Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova eased into the third round with a 6-1 6-3 victory over Urszula Radwanska.

Kvitova had a stellar 2011, winning six titles, including on the grass of west London and at the season-ending WTA Championships, but, like Wozniacki, this year has been tougher for the Czech.

Injury and illness have taken their toll and she is still looking for her first title having dropped to world number four, although so far at Roland Garros she has been exemplary.

Defending champion Li Na extended her record to only five games dropped in two rounds with a 6-0 6-2 victory over Stephanie Foretz Gacon, while the woman she beat in the final last year, Francesca Schiavone, recovered from losing the first set to beat Tsvetana Pironkova 2-6 6-3 6-1.

But it was the end of the road for Tuesday's hero, France's Virginie Razzano, who was unable to build on her stunning upset of Serena Williams as she lost 6-3 7-6 (7/3) to Arantxa Rus.

Two seeds were sent tumbling, Maria Kirilenko losing 6-4 3-6 6-3 to Klara Zakopalova while Jelena Jankovic was beaten 7-6 (7/4) 4-6 6-4 by Varvara Lepchenko.

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