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2058: Despair for the home fans. Schiavone is out. A great win for Makarova whose strong backhand was noticeable. A double fault from Schiavone made it 5-3 to the Russian. But an inspired game from the home favourite got the break back before Makarova picked it up again to break to love and claim the match. Centrale silenced to complete the day’s action in the women’s competition.

2017: Bad news for the Italians. Schiavone has been way below her best in the first set and Makarova just had enough to win it 6-3. A much better performance needed from Schiavone with Makarova’s backhand causing a bit of a nuisance.

1928: It’s a rather straightforward win for Sofia Arvidsson 6-3, 6-2 over Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and that will come as a real disappointment for fans of the 2010 champion who had a great tournament then. Not now I’m afraid. Next up is the big one of the day for Italian fans. Francesca Schiavone, their 10th seed, takes on Ekaterina Makarova on Centrale in the last ladies match of the day.

1851: After a good start, where she got the early break, Martinez Sanchez is now in big trouble. Arvidsson took the first set 6-3 and now has a 3-0 advantage in the second set with two breaks of serve.

1805: Women’s singles action continues with Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez against Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden. Martinez Sanchez of course won here in 2010, won of only five titles in her career, but lost to Arvidsson the only time the pair have met in Bastad last year.

1754: At last after two hours and 19 minutes of tussle on Supertennis Arena we have a result. It’s gone the way of 12th seed Angelique Kerber 6-2 in the final set of what was a real intriguing duel against qualifier Anastasia Rodionova. We have the order of play in for tomorrow. Here’s the pick of the matches:
ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012
CENTRALE start 12:00 noon
C Mchale (USA) vs [2] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA
L Kubot (POL) vs [WC] P Starace (ITA) – ATP
D Nalbandian (ARG) vs [4] A Murray (GBR) – ATP

Not Before 7:30 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs B Tomic (AUS) – ATP

Not Before 9:00 PM
[9] S Williams (USA) vs G Voskoboeva (KAZ) – WTA
SUPERTENNIS ARENA start 11:00 am
[6] D Ferrer (ESP) vs F Verdasco (ESP) – ATP
[10] J Del Potro (ARG) vs M Llodra (FRA) – ATP
[WC] V Williams (USA) vs S Halep (ROU) – WTA
T Bacsinszky (SUI) vs S Errani (ITA) – WTA

Not Before 7:00 PM
V Troicki (SRB) vs [5] J Tsonga (FRA) – ATP

1710: Tight second set between Rodionova and Kerber but the German kept her cool when her opponent did not. We’re one each there.

1615: Potential upset? Well, qualifier Anastasia Rodionova has taken the first set in fairly fiery fashion over Angelique Kerber of Germany. 6-4 the scoreline.

1551: Disappointing news coming from Court 2. Shuai Peng has been forced to retire in the final set, whilst trailing 3-1 to Shahar Peer. The Israeli will take on Victoria Azarenka in the second round.

1523: Shuai Peng has set up a decider by winning the second set 6-4 against Shahar Peer. Another match about to begin on Supertennis with qualifier Anastasia Rodionova taking on German 12th seed Angelique Kerber. Kerber won the only time the pair have met, in Cincinatti 2007.

1506: A fist pump and Julia Goerges has won the final set 6-3 against Aleksandra Wozniak. She played with strapping on her right leg but is through to face Marion Bartoli, the seventh seed.

1453: Victory for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets over Ksenia Pervak 6-2, 6-4. The Russian will take on Petra Kvitova, who has just been in with the press and you can find out what she said in the interview transcripts section of the website. Goerges had a third set break against Wozniak and leads 3-2.

1441: That’s the match. She may put her fans through it at times but Ana is smiling. She took a second break at 5-3 winner the match with another effortless backhand just like she had in the first set. A 6-4, 6-3 win is a highly satisfactory performance and she showed glimpses she was back to her best.

1428: Ivanovic now breaks to lead 3-2, completely fooling Kuznetsova with a forehand cross-court winner on break point. Now can she close the match out from this position? Wozniak is back at 1-1 against Goerges taking a second set tiebreaker 7-1 while Shahar Peer has got the better of Shuai Peng in the first set, also on a tiebreaker 7-4.

1416: Unfortunately for Ana fans she has just been broken back. Such a great player but so frustrating at times. From 40-30 Ivanovic double faulted and then twice produced unforced errors. Back to 1-1.

1413: At the moment this is a pretty special performance from Ivanovic, who lost to Kuznetsova at the Fed Cup last month. An early break for the Serb in the second set thanks to a dreamy forehand return winner on the first point of the set. Ivanovic in control.

1408: Fantastic from Ivanovic. She closes out the first set with two glorious points, a running forehand down the line makes it 40-0 before an effortless backhand winner from Kuznetsova’s attempted drop wins the set 6-4. Meanwhile Anastasia Pavlychenkova has won the first set against Ksenia Pervak 6-2.

1358: Already shaping up to be a classic on Centrale. Ivanovic leads 4-3 against Kuznetsova having just taken a potentially decisive break. Wozniack has a break in the second as she looks for a way back in against Goerges.

1325: A real topsy turvy match up on Court 6 but it is Iveta Benesova who has won 7-5 in the final set tiebreaker against Yanina Wickmayer. Li Na awaits in the second round. Not the easiest of matches after a two hour, seven minute marathon. Aleksandra Wozniak is feeling the exertions of the past few days as Julia Goerges has wrapped up the first set.

1317: Victory for Christina McHale in two comfortable sets 6-4, 6-4 over Monica Niculescu of Romania. That sets up a rather intriguing second round match with reigning champion Maria Sharapova. Not an easy task for the Russian on this evidence. Shortly we will have arguably the match of the day: smiley Ana Ivanovic, 15th in the world, against Svetlana Kuznetsova, 27th in the world. Neither player has reached a final this year but both have the potential to deliver exciting tennis on their day.

1257: The women’s action is starting to hot up on court. Qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak will hope to have plenty left in the tank in her third match in three days. But Julia Goerges has claimed the early break of serve. Christina Scheepers is through to round two winning a second set tiebreak against Jarmila Gajdosova. Iveta Benesova v Yanina Wickmayer is going down to the wire, 3-3 in the final set that one.

1232: A second women’s result as Anabel Medina Garrigues comfortably beats a disappointing Zheng Jie 6-2, 6-1. The Spaniard will play Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.

1218: There’s certainly a feast of women’s action on court right now. Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain is a set and 4-1 up against the unpredictable Zheng Jie of China. Chanelle Scheepers is a set up against Jarmila Gajdosova while Christina McHale took the first against Romanian Monica Niculescu. Meanwhile Tsvetana Pironkova has avoided the dreaded double bagel but Vania King has won the match 6-0, 6-1 – we have our first winner of the day folks. King is through.

1150: Welcome to our live coverage of the WTA action at Foro Italico on day two of the main drawn of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. This is the first day of women’s main draw action and we have some top matches here. Already we have our first bagel of
this year’s Championships with Vania King of America taking the first set against Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria. King also has an early break in the second set. If you want to follow the action from the ATP, you may need to open another window. As ever any feedback or questions contact me on Twitter @ianbakersport.

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