Sargsyan punched out the No. 6 seed, then
fell in the second round.
Five Armenian tennis players representing five
different countries were among 128 players competing
in the French Open, which began this week in Paris.
Only two survived the second round.
Andre Agassi of USA (seeded 2) easily beat Slovakian
tennis player Karol Beck (unseeded) 6-2, 6-3,
6-3. David Nalbandyan (seeded 8) representing
Argentina defeated Albert Montanes (unseeded)
of Spain 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
But the best achievement of the first round matches
among Armenians was Sargis Sargsyan (unseeded)
of Yerevan, who upset sixth-seed Andy Roddick
of the United States 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
Two Armenian women also reached the second round
at Roland Garros.
Marie-Gayane Mikaelian from Switzerland (unseeded)
beat Angelique Widjaja (unseeded) of Indonesia
6-3, 4-6, 7-5 and Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria
(seeded 15) won 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 over Australian
Alicia Molik (unseeded).
Agassi continues his quest for the title after
a five-set second-round victory over Mario Ancic
(unseeded) of Croatia 5-7, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.
In the third round Agassi will play against Xavier
Malisse (seeded 26) of Belgium.
Maleeva has advanced with a victory over Yevgenia
Kulikovskaya (unseeded) of Russia, 6-3, 6-2.
In the third round Maleeva will meet with Italian
Rita Grande (unseeded).
Nalbandian was eliminated by Nicolas Coutelot
(unseeded) of France 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 1-6 and
Sargsyan put out by Victor Hanescu (unseeded)
of Romania, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 2-6.
Nalbandian and Sargsyan earned €20,800 and
collected 7 race points each.
Second round was ill-fated for Marie-Gayane Mikaelian
as she had to face the current best tennis player
in women's tennis Serena Williams of USA. The
result was predictable, a victory for Williams,
With results from France pending, Agassi is still
No. 1 in the ATP rankings with 372 points. His
nearest opponent is Roger Federer with 311. David
Nalbandian holds 17th position with 134 race points
and Sargis Sargsyan is 44th with 74 points.
In WTA rankings Magdalena Maleeva holds 15th
place with 1600 race points meanwhile Marie-Gayane
Mikaelian is on the 38th position with 880 points.