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11

Francesca Schiavone remains on course to defend her French Open title after beating Jelena Jankovic.

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The Italian, a surprise winner at Roland Garros 12 months ago, came through a topsy-turvy encounter as a 6-3 2-6 6-4 winner. Schiavone made a flying start, moving 5-1 ahead, but it was a sign of things to come when Jankovic picked up a couple of games before the fifth seed served out the set. The roles were reversed in the second when Jankovic took an early advantage, wobbled, and then pulled away again to level. All the games were close and it really was anybody’s match going into the decider. Schiavone made the first move by breaking for a 3-2 lead but Jankovic, who was looking for a fourth semi-final appearance in five years at Roland Garros, promptly hit straight back. When she lost her serve in the ninth game, though, there was no way back, with Schiavone finally bringing the contest to a conclusion after two hours and 38 minutes and then kneeling down to kiss the clay, as she had after her triumph last year.

Schiavone will now play Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for a place in the semi-finals.

Marion Bartoli reached the quarter-finals of her home Grand Slam for the first time at the French Open on Sunday. Bartoli progressed when opponent Gisela Dulko retired early in the second set, the Frenchwoman having won the first. The Argentinian, who beat last year’s finalist Samantha Stosur in the third round, received treatment to her left thigh early in the match and then again after Bartoli had won the opening set 7-5. But she played only one game of the second, in which it was clear her movement was severely inhibited, before calling it a day. Bartoli, best known for reaching the Wimbldon final back in 2007, will now face either Svetlana Kuznetsova or Daniela Hantuchova in the last eight.

 

 

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