June 1, 2012
Wozniak bounced by Azarenka
By SPORTS NETWORK
PARIS, FRANCE - The French Open is over for Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak. The 24-year-old was bounced from the tournament Friday, losing 6-4, 6-4 to the world's no. 1 ranked Victoria Azarenka.
Out of the Grand Slams, Wozniak has the most success at Roland Garros, with a lifetime record of 10-6. Her most successful campaign was in 2009 where she made it to the fourth round, only to lose to Serena Williams, 6-1, 6-2.
Azarenka is now 10-0 in Grand Slam play this year, including her first-ever major title in Melbourne back in January. She'll tangle with diminutive 15th- seeded Slovak Dominika Cibulkova on Sunday.
The Belarusian star has never advanced beyond the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.
Also advancing in Paris was second seed Maria Sharapova, who won a match postponed from Thursday by easing past Japan's Ayumi Morita 6-1, 6-1. World No. 3, Agnieszka Radwanska, was a third-round upset victim losing 6-1, 6-2 to Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Sharapova made short work of Morita after their match was pushed back a day because of the five-hour marathon on Thursday between Paul-Henri Mathieu and John Isner.
"I feel like I warmed up like 20 times for this match," Sharapova said. "It was one of those days where you just want to get on the court and then, you know, you're at the courts all day, and sitting, waiting around, eating, sleeping. It's like a good way to put someone into retirement."
Sharapova needed only an hour to advance, winning 56 of the 84 points played, to earn a third-round tussle with China's Peng Shuai on Saturday.
The three-time major titlist Sharapova needs a French Open title to complete a coveted career Grand Slam.
Also on Friday, one former French Open champ pulled an upset and another previous winner exited in third-round play at Roland Garros.
Italy's Sara Errani sent 2008 winner and 2007 French Open runner-up Ana Ivanovic home with 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 triumph.
"In the third set I was creating a lot of opportunities and missing a lot of easy, easy finishing balls," Ivanovic said. "That's something that I'm not really happy about."
Kuznetsova is seeded 26th in her 10th visit to Paris. In addition to her 2009 championship, the Russian veteran was runner-up to Justine Henin in 2006 and last year fell in the quarterfinals to Marion Bartoli.
Radwanska has yet to make it past the fourth round at the French Open in six appearances. She lost to Kuznetsova in the round of 16 in 2009 and last year fell to Sharapova in round four.
Kuznetsova, who also has a U.S. Open title on her resume, has won six straight against Radwanska and improved to 10-3 lifetime against the Polish star, who took out Venus Williams in the second round.
"It's always disappointing when losing in the first week of a Grand Slam, that's for sure," Radwanska said. "Today I didn't play bad, she was just playing unbelievable."
Next up for Kuznetsova will be Errani, whose victory against Ivanovic was not all that surprising, other than the fact that it came against a former French Open champ. The 25-year-old Italian is ranked 24th with three titles this season.
Errani won in Acapulco, Barcelona and Budapest -- all on clay -- after a quarterfinal loss to Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open in January, which marked her best finish in 18 Grand Slam events.
The 13th-seeded Ivanovic hasn't come close to a second Grand Slam title since her maiden triumph on the red clay in Paris four years ago. The Serb hasn't been past the fourth round in any of the subsequent 16 major championships.
Sixth-seeded Aussie slugger Samantha Stosur advanced by whipping 27th-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova 6-3, 6-3, while rising 10th-seeded German lefthander Angelique Kerber came from behind to best 18th-seeded Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in round three.
Stosur is the reigning U.S. Open champ and was the French Open runner-up to Francesca Schiavone two years ago.
Other third-round winners Friday were Cibulkova, American Sloane Stephens and Croatia's Petra Martic.
Cibulkova thumped Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-2, 6-1, while Stephens dumped Frenchwoman Mathilde Johansson 6-3, 6-2.
"I'm excited because now I'm going to have more Twitter followers," Stephens said.
Stephens will face Stosur on Sunday.
Martic, who eliminated the eighth-seeded Bartoli in the second round, continued her strong play with a 6-2, 6-1 rout of Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues. Martic will meet Kerber in the round of 16.
In addition to Sharapova, four other big names will take to the courts for third-round action on Saturday.
A fourth-seeded Kvitova will meet Russian Nina Bratchikova; seventh-seeded reigning French Open champ Li Na will battle rising American Christina McHale; ninth-seeded former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki will encounter 23rd-seeded Estonian Kaia Kanepi; and a 14th-seeded Schiavone will lock horns with American Varvara Lepchenko. Li beat the 2010 French Open champ Schiavone in last year's Roland Garros finale.