Murray, Li win on day of mixed emotions
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 21:36
  
Paris: Andy Murray saw off a 29-year-old local who had only won one match on the main tour and China's Li Na toiled through under cloudier skies in the French Open first round on Tuesday.

British fourth seed Murray progressed 6-4 6-1 6-3 but was broken twice by Eric Prodon, who had only made three previous appearances in a grand slam, all at Roland Garros.

Women's sixth seed Li, who like Murray was runner-up in January's Australian Open, began with an uninspiring 6-3 6-7 6-3 win over Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova with the early crowds also somewhat lacklustre after a busy and sunny Monday.

In contrast, Maria Sharapova, wearing striking yellow, stormed past Mirjana Lucic 6-3 6-0 to continue her good form.

Murray did not need to produce his best against the slightly rotund Prodon, who broke in the first set with a drop shot after a series of half-hearted attempts.

The Scot found more rhythm in the second but was broken again in the third set as Prodon's remarkably laidback but occasionally successful volleys and smashes amused the fans.

There was more laughs when it organisers announced that American Ryan Harrison, who threw his racket into a tree when losing in qualifying last week, had won a lucky loser berth and he will play last year's runner-up Robin Soderling later.

The feelings on Court Philippe Chatrier were completely different as France's Virginie Razzano, whose coach and fiance died eight days ago after a brain tumour, lost her match to Jarmila Gajdosova 6-3 6-1 to warm and heartfelt applause.

"I had a lot of emotion and pain," she said tearfully.

Number two seed Kim Clijsters returns from injury later against Anastasiya Yakimova.

Bureau Report


First Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 21:36


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