Top Seeds Breeze Thursday at Roland Garros

Posted on May 27, 2005

Maria Sharapova, looking to achieve the No. 1 ranking for the first time during the fortnight in Roland Garros, led the winners Thursday with a 6-3, 6-2 win over French wildcard Aravane Rezai.

With the humid weather in Paris forecasted to get even hotter, Sharapova, who resides in Florida, says bring it on.

"Yeah, I enjoy the weather," Sharapova said. "I think it's a lot better than when it's cloudy and a little rain like it was in the previous rounds. So this weather is definitely better for all the players, I think."

Other seeded winners into the third round were (3) Amelie Mauresmo (d. (WC) Cornet, bagel in the first), (6) Svetlana Kuznetsova (d. (Q) Arvidsson), (7) Nadia Petrova (d. Beltrame), (10) Justine Henin-Hardenne (d. Ruano Pascual), (12) Elena Bovina (d. Garbin in three), (13) Nathalie Dechy (d. Stosur), (17) Tatiana Golovin (d. Ant. Serra Zanetti 0-and-1), (22) Francesca Schiavone (d. Vaidisova), and (29) Ana Ivanovic (d. Benesova 6-3, 6-1).

After taking a 5-0 lead against Ruano Pascual, Henin-Hardenne asked for a trainer to tend to a nerve problem with her back that she has been suffering with for more than a month.

"I'm going to be fine for the next few days," H-H said. "I just wanted to be sure it wasn't going to be more serious. That's why I asked for the trainer. It was bothering me only on my serve."

Orchestrating upsets on the red dirt Thursday were Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues (d. (24) Maleeva) and American Marissa Irvin (d. (30) Dulko).

Other un-seeds into the third round were Spaniard Nuria Llagostera Vives (d. Brandi, bagel in the second), German Anna-Lena Groenefeld (d. Smashnova 1-and-0), Russian Anna Chakvetadze (d. Koukalova), and Israel's Shahar Peer (d. Peschke in three).

Scheduled for Friday for the woman are (14) Clijsters vs. (20) Hantuchova, (9) Zvonareva vs. (21) Pierce, (1) Davenport vs. Razzano, (11) Venus vs. Karatantcheva, (4) Dementieva vs. Morigami, Loit vs. Gagliardi, (8) Schnyder vs. (32) Pennetta, and (16) Likhovtseva vs. (18) Farina Elia.