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WTA Rome - Mattek-Sands upsets another Italian

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by Prakash

American Bethannie Mattek-Sands is making a habit of upsetting higher-ranked Italian players. One week after scoring a career-best win over Francesca Schiavone, the American pulled off another upset win over another higher-ranked Italian - 15th seed Flavia Pennetta - in the first round of the Italian Open in Rome.

Mattek-Sands, fighting for a place in French Open seedings, won 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Meanwhile, Ameican teen Christina McHale was unable to pull off a second consecutive upset. A day after beating world no. 30 Shuai Peng, McHale was beaten by No.

2 seed Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-1. Schiavone is the reigning French Open and is looking for a morale-boosting win in her native Rome as she attempts to become the first Italian in 26 years to lift the women's title. Also, 7th seed Maria Sharapova had a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 win over countrywoman Ekaterina Makarova, dropping just two games.

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D'ITALIA
Rome, Italy - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Singles - Second Round
(2) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (Q) Christina McHale (USA) 63 61
(7) Maria Sharapova (RUS)
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Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 61 61 Singles - First Round
(10) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 36 60 64
(12) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 75 61
(WC) Romina Oprandi (ITA) d.

(14) Kaia Kanepi (EST) 75 36 61
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. (15) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 64 46 63
(16) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (Q) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 63 75
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d.

Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 75 62
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 10 ret. (right ankle injury)
(Q) Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 64 64
(WC) Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. (LL) Zheng Jie (CHN) 64 75
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