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.

0Comments
10 reasons to make MSN UK your homepage (© Microsoft)

latest tennis news

  • Rafael Nadal was a winner in Barcelona  AP

    Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal needed nearly two hours to overcome countryman Albert Ramos and reach the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell third round.

  • Andy Murray, right, accepts the Freedom of Stirling from Stirling Council Provost Mike Robbins

    Tennis star Andy Murray struggled to hold back tears as he was granted the f reedom of Stirling on an emotional return to his home town.

  • Maria Sharapova progressed in Stuttgart

    Defending champion Maria Sharapova emerged triumphant from a gruelling contest of three tie-breakers against Lucie Safarova in the first round of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart on Tuesday.

  • Lukas Rosol is through to the last eight in Bucharest

    Defending champion Lukas Rosol is through to the Nastase Tiriac Trophy quarter-finals after overcoming Jarkko Nieminen.

  • Rafael Nadal is going for a fourth straight Barcelona Open title this year.

    World number one and defending champion Rafael Nadal will face fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos in the second round of the Barcelona Open following the latter's victory over Nikolay Davydenko on Tuesday.

  • Great Britain's Kyle Edmund is to be coached by Greg Rusedski

    Greg Rusedski is to coach Britain's brightest young tennis prospect, Kyle Edmund.

  • Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova battled through to the second round of the Marrakech Grand Prix

    Top seed and wild card Daniela Hantuchova struggled past world number 176 Renata Voracova to book her place in the second round of the Marrakech Grand Prix in Morocco.

  • Novak Djokovic received good news on the wrist problem suffered ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters

    Novak Djokovic is optimistic of being fit for the Madrid Masters in two weeks' time after his wrist injury was found to be not as serious as first thought.

  • Radek Stepanek was sent home early from the Barcelona Open

    Former world number eight Radek Stepanek crashed out in the first round at the Barcelona Open on Monday as he was beaten in straight sets by 20-year-old qualifier Dominic Thiem.

  • Johanna Konta, pictured, was unable to match Kaia Kanepi in Stuttgart

    Britain's Johanna Konta lost 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 to Estonia's Kaia Kanepi in the first round of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart on Monday.

  • 2013 Bucharest champion Lukas Rosol beat Filippo Volandri 6-1 7-6  8 6  on Tuesday

    Lukas Rosol made a successful start to his defence of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy by defeating Filippo Volandri in Bucharest on Tuesday.

  • Petra Cetkovska lost in the first round at the Marrakech Grand Prix

    Third seed Yvonne Meusburger eased through to the second round of the Marrakech Grand Prix on Monday with a straight-sets win over Petra Cetkovska.

  • Finland's Jarkko Nieminen reached the second round of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest

    Former world number 13 Jarkko Nieminen won a third-set tie-break to beat Leonardo Mayer in the first round of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest on Monday.

  • Stanislas Wawrinka battled back to beat Roger Federer  AP

    Stanislas Wawrinka claimed the first Masters 1000 Series title of his career as he came from behind to beat compatriot Roger Federer in Monte Carlo.

  • Croatia's Donna Vekic, left, defeated Dominika Cibulkova to win the BMW Malaysian Open  AP

    Croatian 17-year-old Donna Vekic claimed the first WTA title of her career with a hard-fought victory over Dominika Cibulkova in the final of the BMW Malaysian Open.