Youzhny Writes 'SORRI,' US Player Upsets Schiavone

Youzhny Writes 'SORRI,' US Player Upsets Schiavone

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PARIS June 2, 2012, 08:53 am ET

PARIS (AP) — Mikhail Youzhny was having such a bad day in the third round of the French Open that he felt the need to apologize, right on court during the match.

The 27th-seeded Russian scraped "SORRI" into the clay with his right foot in the middle of his 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 loss to No. 6 David Ferrer on Saturday.

"There was a lot of people. That's why I write 'sorry.' Because I can't show them a nice game," Youzhny said. "The way we played in the beginning, it was not really interesting for people."

Also Saturday, 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone was upset by Varvara Lepchenko of the United States 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, and fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova defeated Nina Bratchikova of Russia 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

Lepchenko, who was born in Uzbekistan but lives in Allentown, Pa., is unseeded at Roland Garros and had never before made it past the second round at any Grand Slam tournament.

Schiavone won her only Grand Slam title at the French Open two years ago. Last year, she lost to Li Na in the final.

Youzhny is well-known for a more painful on-court meltdown. In 2008 at the Sony Ericsson Open, Youzhny whacked himself in the head with his racket three times after losing a point. The antic left him with a thick stream of blood running from his hairline down his nose.

Against Ferrer, Youzhny won his first game early in the second set, making it 2-1. He held serve at love when Ferrer sent a forehand return into the net.

But instead of heading straight for his chair for the changeover, he stopped just inside the service line and started writing out his message.

A ball boy stood nearby with Youzhny's towel, and then backed off as the Russian continued drawing out the letters.

"People in the stands may not have noticed, but I think I had to do this," Youzhny said.

Ferrer said he didn't even see it.

"I don't know why he put this in the court, but I don't have (anything) to say," said Ferrer, who is the fourth round at Roland Garros for the fourth time.

Later Saturday, Maria Sharapova will be back on court for her third-round match, a day after winning in the second round. Defending champion Rafael Nadal and fourth-seeded Andy Murray will also be trying to reach the fourth round.

Kvitova is the only player ranked in the top 10 that has not yet reached a final this year. But she missed some tournaments with injury and illness.

"I had already a tough season. After Australia I was really injured and I couldn't play," said Kvitova, who won her first Grand Slam title at last year's Wimbledon. "So I'm happy that I can play right now and I can be healthy and play my tennis again."

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that he is a fan of the game and he keeps himself ifeormnd as to what is happening with all aspects of the game, this includes what is happening on each side of the draw. When asked in press conferences about other players, he can respond in a concise manner and tell you who is playing well and who is not. That is someone who respects his opponent and believes that every player is a challenge. After his match against Simon he told Courier what was going through his mind regarding Simon. He knew Simon had won Sydney. He knew that he had arrived late to the tourney and he knew that he was jet-lagged. That is someone who is studying his opponents and not taking chances. Not someone who really could care less about what is happening around him. As for cakewalk, come on now, the man has a winning h2h against most players outside the top 10, why would he not get cake walks. Do you think that Marcos Daniel was a player who would test Nadal? How about Bernard Tomic? I say this all the time there are not many players who have the game to beat both Fed and Nadal and that is the reason that despite match ups these guys will 90% of the time win matches. It has nothing to do with scheduling etc, but all about someone taking their future into their own hands and going out there and playing. Novak did that. Let us see if he can take it one step further and actually win the whole thing.

6/18/2012 12:14:05 AM