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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 19:07 GMT 20:07 UK
Top seed Mauresmo beaten in Rome
Amelie Mauresmo
Mauresmo has only recently returned after a lay-off for surgery
Amelie Mauresmo's French Open preparations took a knock when she lost 7-5 6-7 7-6 to Samantha Stosur in round two of the Italian Open in Rome.

The top seed was playing her second tournament since appendix surgery and twice failed to take match points.

"I guess I didn't keep the intensity the way I should have," she said.

"I have nothing much to say but that I'm just disappointed, and obviously I guess the lack of matches showed a little bit at that moment."

Stosur had not even won a set in their previous five meetings but kept her head as Mauresmo missed match points in the ninth and 13th games of the deciding set.

Mauresmo saved a Stosur match point herself, before the Australian successfully challenged a call on a Mauresmo return, which turned out to be long.

That set up Stosur's second match point, which was converted when Mauresmo put a forehand return out.

"It went game-for-game until the third set, I had to keep fighting, try my best and see," said Stosur. "I pulled it out in the tie-breaker."

Second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and third seed Jelena Jankovic eased through, with straight-sets wins over Mara Santangelo and Tamira Paszek respectively.

Last year's runner-up Dinara Safina reached round three after a bizarre start to her game with Kaia Kanepi.

There were 10 breaks of serve in the first 11 games before Safina sealed a 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 win.



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