Schiavone stutters through
Francesca Schiavone (pictured) needed to fend off eight match points to win against Irina-Camelia Begu
Francesca Schiavone conjured a great escape in women's second-round action to overcome Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu in the Unicef Open in s'Hertogenbosch.
Italian Schiavone fought off eight match points as she came back from 6-0 down in a final set tie-break to emerge 6-2 2-6 7-6 (10/8) victorious.
Sixth seed Roberta Vinci was also pushed into a deciding set by a Romanian Monica Niculescu, but the Italian had a rather easier time of it as she stepped up to triumph 6-3 6-7 (4/7) 6-0.
Belgian Kirsten Flipkens beat fellow qualifier Daria Gavrilova of Russia 7-5 7-6 (7/4), while Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson was a convincing 6-4 6-1 winner over home favourite Arantxa Rus.