Testud, Raymond, Van Roost Advance
ROME (AP) _ Seeded players Sandrine Testud, Lisa Raymond and Dominique Van Roost moved into the second round of the Italian Open today before a downpour interrupted play.
The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, were to follow each other onto center court later in the day, but heavy rain _ which washed out Monday’s entire schedule _ made it likely the siblings would again have to wait to make their European clay season debuts.
Testud, seeded 12th, battled back to oust Italy’s Laura Golarsa 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the opening match on center court, No. 13 Van Roost had no trouble in her 6-4, 6-2 victory over Karina Habsudova of Slovakia, while No. 15 Raymond spotted France’s Anne-Gaelle Sidot a set before winning 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Raymond’s next opponent will be fellow American Anne Miller, a qualifier who beat Italy’s Rita Grande 6-3, 6-0.
The lone Italian into the second round was Silvia Farina. She ousted another Italian, Francesca Lubiani, 6-0, 6-1.
While the two local players were playing before a sparse gathering at center court, the day’s biggest crowd followed German Jana Kandarr’s 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) comeback victory on a side court against Florencia Labat of Argentina.
China’s Fang Li got past Olga Barabanschikova 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, and faces No. 1 Monica Hingis in the second round. The top eight seeds received first-round byes.
Other winners today in this major tuneup for the French Open included France’s Sarah Pitkowski and Alexandra Fusai, Barbara Schett of Austria and Japan’s Naoko Sawamtasu.