Top 10 Seeds Davydenko, Wawrinka Fall at French Open
It was five-set Saturday at the French Open, where half of the eight matches went the distance, resulting in the upsets of No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko and No. 9 Stan Wawrinka.
No. 28 seed Ivan Ljubicic came from two sets down to stun Davydenko, while No. 24 Fernando “Gonzo” Gonzlaez likewise came from two sets down to subdue Wawrinka.
Davydenko admitted to choking away his lead.
“First two sets he didn’t play,” the fourth-seeded Davydenko said. “Then he start to fighting a little bit more…That’s why I was starting to be nervous, start to make so many mistakes.”
Other winners into the fourth round Saturday were (1) Roger Federer (d. Mario Ancic), (5) David Ferrer (d. (25) Lleyton Hewitt in five), (21) Radek Stepanek (d. (12) Tommy Robredo), Frenchmen Gael “Force” Monfils (d. Jurgen Melzer in five) and Julien “United Colors of” Benneteau (d. Robin Soderling), and American Robby Ginepri (d. Florent Serra).
“The more I play on the clay, I think, the better my all-around game is going to get, and the smarter I am going to get on the court,” Ginepri said.
Highlights Sunday at Roland Garros are (3) Novak Djokovic vs. (18) Paul-Henri Mathieu, (2) Rafael Nadal vs. (22) Fernando Verdasco, Ernests Gulbis vs. Michael Llodra, and France’s Jeremy Chardy vs. (19) Nicolas Almagro.
Sharapova the Cow, Kuznetsova Advance at French Open
World No. 1 Maria Sharapova, the self-described “cow on ice,” the favorite at the French Open? Not exactly, but the lanky Russian saw a ray of hope on Saturday as she advanced into the fourth round at the French Open in straight sets.
“I kind of forgot what it felt like to finish in two [sets],” Sharapova said after defeating No. 32 seed Karin Knapp in straight sets. “I’ve been kind of lucky to get through those two matches. Today was definitely a step-up from the previous two.”
One player to watch out for is No. 4 seed and former US Open champ Svetlana Kuznetsova, who is feeling it.
“When I play well, I have such pleasure when I’m playing,” Kuznetsova told reporters. “It’s really great to be doing something which you love to do. It’s hard work. Definitely nothing is easy, but it’s a huge pleasure to live life like that.”
Orchestrating upsets on the day were Czech Petra Kvitova (d. (12) Agnes Szavay in three), and Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi (d. (29) Anabel Medina Garrigues in three).
Other winners Saturday were (3) Jelena Jankovic (d. (28) Dominika Cibulkova), (7) Elena Dementieva (d. Olga Govortsova), (11) Vera Zvonareva (d. Aleksandra Wozniak), (13) Dinara Safina (d. Jie Zheng), and (16) Victoria Azarenka (d. (18) Francesca Schiavone).
Scheduled for Sunday at Roland Garros are (2) Ana Ivanovic vs. Petra Cetkovska, (14) Agnieszka Radwanska vs. (3) Jelena Jankovic, (26) Flavia Pennetta vs. Carla Suarez Navarro, and (27) Katarina Srebotnik vs. (10) Patty Schnyder.
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