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Murray eases through to second round

Reuters/Thierry Roge

At the Roland Garros tennis French Open, British fourth seed Andy Murray comfortably moved into the second round on Tuesday with a straight sets win over French qualifier Eric Prodon 6-4, 6-1, 6-. He now plays Italy's Simone Bolelli for a place in the last 32. 

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Former world number three Ivan Ljubicic, a semi-finalist in 2006, took his place in round two with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 defeat of India's Somdev Devvarman.

Rising Ukrainian star Oleksandr Dolgopolov, the 21st seed, beat Germany's Rainer Schuettler 6-3, 6-3, 6-1, while Schuettler's 20th-seeded compatriot Florian Mayer overcame Russia's Igor Kunitsyn 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

In the women’s tournament, China's world number seven Li Na was taken to three sets by Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova before prevailing 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 in their French Open first-round encounter.

Sixth seed Li, who became the first Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam final at this year's Australian Open, will compete for a third-round place against Spanish qualifier Silvia Soler Espinosa.

Li has gone beyond the third round on all four of her previous appearances at Roland Garros and she was joined in round two by Japan's Ayumi Morita, a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 winner against French wild card Kristina Mladenovic.

Morita, who turned 21 in March, had never previously progressed beyond the first round at Roland Garros. She now faces either Belgian 21st seed Yanina Wickmayer or Romania's Monica Niculescu.

Russian seventh seed Maria Sharapova eased into the second round taking just 56 minutes to seal victory over Croatian veteran Mirjana Lucic who was playing the tournament for the first time in eight years.

Lucic took just four points in the second set.

 

 

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