French Open: Defending champ Ivanovic falls
The French Open roundup …
PARIS ó Defending champion Ana Ivanovic was most certainly not herself Sunday at the French Open. The exact cause remains a bit of a mystery.
Ivanovic was eliminated at Roland Garros in the fourth round, losing to ninth-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-3.
Ivanovic also struggled in her opening match, being stretched to a tiebreaker by Sara Errani of Italy.
Four three-set matches, four victories for Maria Sharapova at the French Open.
The unseeded Russian with the injured right shoulder pulled out another close one at Roland Garros on Sunday, coming back to beat 25th-seeded Li Na of China 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 and reach the quarterfinals at the clay-court major for the fourth time in her career.
“If it takes three sets, if it takes two sets, if it takes two sets in five hours ó I don’t care,” Sharapova said. “I’m willing to be out there for as long as I need to be in order to finish the match.”
Venus and Serena Williams were upset in the third round of the French Open women’s doubles tournament, wasting a match point and losing 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (6) to Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States and Nadia Petrova of Russia.
“No one is ever happy to lose,” Serena said. “We could have played better.”The Williams sisters won the French Open in 1999, one of their eight Grand Slam doubles titles.