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May 28, 2015 6:49 AM

The Latest: Epic 13-11 tiebreaker for ex-French Open champs

The Associated Press

PARIS (AP) The Latest from the French Open:


12:46 p.m.

In a matchup of past French Open champions on Court 1, Svetlana Kuznetsova has taken the first set from Francesca Schiavone in an epic tiebreaker than ended 13-11.

Kuznetsova finally seized the 82-minute set on her seventh chance, hitting a backhand volley winner to close a 15-stroke exchange.

Russia's Kuznetsova won the title at Roland Garros in 2009, a year before Italy's Schiavone did.


12:15 p.m.

Fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki is making life difficult for herself, losing the first set 6-4 against an opponent ranked 67 spots below her, Julia Goerges.

The formerly top-ranked Dane broke the German in the fourth game, but then lost her next two service games. She angrily thumped her racket on the clay after netting a backhand that allowed Goerges to pull ahead 4-3.

The crowds are being slow to fill their court, Philippe Chatrier, which is barely half-full. The menacing weather doesn't help: Dark clouds are filling the sky and a distinctly chilly breeze is flapping at the players' yellow skirts.


11:17 a.m.

Thwack, grunt, thwack.

Play is underway on Day 5 of the French Open, where 23 seeded players will be kicking up clay dust against lower-ranked opponents looking to upset the hierarchy.

The top seeds, Serena Williams for the women and Novak Djokovic among the men, are both in action in successive second-round matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

The spotty form of defending men's champion Rafael Nadal will be closely scrutinized on the center court, Philippe Chatrier, against a player he has lost to just once in 13 encounters, Nicolas Almagro.

They should be out in a couple of hours from now, after the first center-court match pitting formerly top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki, seeded fifth, against Julia Goerges of Germany.

Stay tuned.


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