Updated: 21/06/2012 19:57 | By pa.press.net

Schiavone stutters through



Francesca Schiavone (© pictured)

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.

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