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Djoker, Azarenka reign supreme

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic eased into the third round of the French Open with a 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 win over Argentina’s Guido Pella on Thursday.Djokovic has won every Grand Slam title except the French Open and has made this year’s tournament his priority. The Serb lost last year’s rain-interrupted final at Roland Garros to Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

The match on center court was delayed and interrupted by afternoon rain. It had little effect on Djokovic’s concentration, though, as he swept aside Pella in 1 hour, 26 minutes.
China’s Li Na crashed out of the French Open on Thursday losing 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States in a second round tie badly disrupted by rain.

It was the first time the 2011 champion had gone out at such an early stage of the tournament in seven appearances and wrecked her hopes of a second straight Grand Slam final appearance after Australia in January. Meanwhile, World No. 3 Victoria Azarenka overcame a first-set stumble to reach the French Open third round with a rain-disrupted 6-4, 6-3 win over German Annika Beck on Thursday.

Ninth-seeded Sam Stosur beat Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-3 at the French Open on Thursday to set up a third-round match with former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic.  The former US Open champion saved the only break point she faced, hit 26 winners and broke Mladenovic’s serve once in each set.  ‘Overall very pleased with the way I played,’ Stosur said. ‘I thought the first set had good quality from both of us.’  Former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic won 12 consecutive games on Thursday to beat the rain and Garbine Muguruza.

Jankovic fell behind early but rallied past Muguruza 6-3, 6-0 shortly before showers interrupted the first matches of the day on 12 other courts.  Zheng Jie also reached the third round, beating Melanie Oudin of the United States 6-3, 6-1. Drigor Dimitrov geared up for a possible third-round clash with world number one Novak Djokovic with a 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-1 dismissal of French teenager Lucas Pouille in the French Open second round on Thursday.
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