French Open outsiders Sorana Cirstea and Sam Stosur crashed the party into the quarterfinals on Monday at Roland Garros, with Cirstea tripping up former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic 3-6, 6-0, 9-7, and Stosur stomping Virginie Razzano 6-1, 6-2.
“It was a really tough match and a tough loss for me,” Jankovic said. “I should have closed out the match at 6-5, 30-0. All of a sudden, point by point, the game went in her favor and everything got complicated. I’ll have to learn from this.”
Cirstea and Stosur will now have a first-time meeting in the quarters.
“We’ve never played,” Stosur said. “I’ve never practiced with her, never hit a ball against her. It will be something completely new, but I’m going to try and talk to a couple of people. This is my best Grand Slam result, so that’s something to be pleased about, but I want to try and get even further.”
No. 2 seed Serena Williams cruised past No. 24 seed Aleksandra Wozniak 6-1, 6-2, while No.7 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova struggled past No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 to set up a quarterfinals meeting.
“She’s an excellent claycourt player. She moves extremely well on clay and doesn’t do anything bad. It’ll be fun,” Williams said on Kuznetsova. “She’s playing unbelievably on clay. She has been doing really, really well in this tournament. I feel like I have nothing to lose. It’ll be a good test.”
Kuzy is 1-5 versus the younger Williams sister.
“Maybe I don’t have a great record against Serena, but I really enjoy playing her. It’s always fun. We always have tough matches,” Kuznetsova said.
On tap for Tuesday quarterfinal play are (1) Dinara Safina vs. (9) Victoria Azarenka, and (20) Dominika Cibulkova vs. unseeded former No. 1 Maria Sharapova.
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