Sharapova, Azarenka reach fourth round at French Open

Updated: June 1, 2013


Reigning champion Maria Sharapova and
fellow former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka were a pair of third-round winners
on a sunny, breezy Saturday at the French Open.

The second-seeded Sharapova overcame some sloppy play in order to get past
China’s Zheng Jie 6-1, 7-5, while the third-seeded Australian Open titlist
Azarenka needed all three sets to hold off 31st-seeded French crowd favorite
Alize Cornet 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 on the famed red clay at Roland Garros.

Cornet was fresh off her clay-court title in Strasbourg last week.

“She’s a machine, a juggernaut,” Cornet said of Azarenka. “She plays the
same from the first to the last point.”

Sharapova, who overcame a 1-4 deficit in the second set against Zheng,
completed a career Grand Slam by beating Italian Sara Errani in last
year’s French Open final.

Up next for the Russian superstar Sharapova will be 17th-seeded American
Sloane Stephens, while Azarenka’s fourth-round opponent will be French Open-
loving Italian Francesca Schiavone, who upset 13th-seeded Frenchwoman Marion
Bartoli 6-2, 6-1 on Day 7 of the fortnight. Schiavone titled here in 2010, was
the Roland Garros runner-up in 2011, and is now 18-2 in Paris in her last
four trips.

Surprising 23-year-old American Jamie Hampton reached the fourth round of a
Grand Slam event for the first time in her career by dousing seventh-seeded
former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-1, 7-6 (9-7). The Czech left-hander
Kvitova was a French Open semifinalist a year ago.

Two other Americans, the aforementioned Stephens and Bethanie Mattek-Sands,
reached the round of 16, as the 20-year-old Stephens landed in the fourth
round in Paris for a second straight year by outlasting New Zealand’s Marina
Erakovic 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 on Court 1, while Mattek-Sands overcame Argentine
Paula Ormaechea 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. Stephens is now 8-1 at the Grand Slams this
year, having reached the Aussie Open semifinals.

Also on Saturday, 12th-seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko topped Swiss Stefanie
Voegele 7-6 (7-3), 7-5.


Maria Sharapova (2) def. Zheng Jie, 6-1, 7-5
Victoria Azarenka (3) def. Alize Cornet (31), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Jamie Hampton def. Petra Kvitova (7), 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
Jelena Jankovic (18) def. Samantha Stosur (9), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Maria Kirilenko (12) def. Stefanie Voegele, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
Francesca Schiavone def. Marion Bartoli (13), 6-2, 6-1
Sloane Stephens (17) def. Marina Erakovic, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3
Bethanie Mattek-Sands def. Paula Ormaechea, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3


Serena Williams (1) vs. Roberta Vinci (15)
Agnieszka Radwanska (4) vs. Ana Ivanovic (14)
Sara Errani (5) vs. Carla Suarez Navarro (20)
Angelique Kerber (8) vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova