Sharapova, Azarenka reach fourth round at French Open

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Updated: June 1, 2013

Sharapova

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.

SATURDAY’S THIRD ROUND MATCHES

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

SUNDAY’S FOURTH ROUND MATCHES

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