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Day 6 proved to be a mixed bag for the former champions as 2008 winner Ana Ivanovic bowed out of the tournament at the hands of Italian Sara Errani, despite a very convincing start to her match. The 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova meanwhile rolled back the clock hitting winners out of nothing to dispatch a very much in-form world no.3 Agnieszka Radwanska as if she was a sparring partner. The 6th seed, Samantha Stosur, on the other hand, was in no such danger, as she eased into the round of 16 having very few problems in dispatching off her opponent Nadia Petrova in straight sets. Meanwhile, the 2nd seed Maria Sharapova, who played her second round match today, picked up from where she left off in round 1, steamrolling past her opponent in a ruthless manner.
The first match on Court Suzanne Lenglen started of as expected as the 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic dominated proceedings dictating play with her forehand. Her Italian opponent, who has had a very good summer on clay, was simply overwhelmed by the barrage of groundstrokes from her opponent, losing the first set 6-1 in just 25 minutes. Errani held serve for the first time in the match to open the second set, and Ivanovic followed it up with a poor game to gift the Italian a lifeline in the match. From then on it was game on for the duo and the 21st seed prevailed in the battle of wits, securing a 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 win thanks to 40 unforced errors from the Ivanovic racquet.
Over on Court Philippe Chartier, the 2009 French Open champion came out firing on all cylinders taking the game away from the World no.3 in brutal fashion, finishing with a winners tally of 27 as compared to her opponent's 11. Kuznetsova's aggressive play was particularly evident on her opponent's second service as she dominated the Pole, mercilessly winning 79% of the second serve return points. This, coupled with Radwanska's conservative play and poor break point conversion of 2 out of 10 sealed the fate of the match in favour of the Russian. The final score was 6-1, 6-2 in favor of the former champion. Kuznetsova will meet Errani for a place in the last eight.
The world no.2 Sharapova, on the other hand, was in no mood to add to the overall surprise list as the Russian continued her distribution of bakery products handing over a couple of breadsticks to her Japanese opponent, Ayumi Morita. The Japanese simply had no answers to the Russian's superlative play, watching one winner after another blaze past her. Sharapova won twice as many points as her opponent and did not even face a single break point on her serve. The final score was 6-1, 6-1 in the Russian's favor as she powered her way into the third round where she will face the 28th seed Shuai Peng.
The world no.6 Samantha Stosur, had a slightly more difficult outing against the 27th seed Nadia Petrova. Nevertheless, the Australian was able to get the job done in straight sets still keeping her in contention for grabbing her maiden French Open crown. The 2009 runner-up blasted 20 winners, hitting twice as many as her opponent. The Australian's serve further eased the job allowing her to win more than 70% of the points on it. The Russian's poor second serve did not help her cause either as she went down 6-3, 6-3. Stosur will next face American teenager Sloane Stephens, an equally comfortable winner against Frenchwoman Mathilde Johansson.
It was a poor day for the Spaniards in the women's draw as Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and 29th seed Anabel Medina Garrigues suffered identical 6-2, 6-1 defeats to 15th seed Dominika Cibulkova and 21-year old Petra Martic of Croatia respectively.
Singles - Third Round
(26) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 61 62
(6) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (27) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 63 63
(21) Sara Errani (ITA) d. (13) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 16 75 63
(15) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. MarÃa JosÃ© MartÃnez SÃ¡nchez (ESP) 62 61
Petra Martic (CRO) d. (29) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 62 61
Sloane Stephens (USA) d. Mathilde Johansson (FRA) 63 62
Singles - Second Round
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 61 61
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