Russia’s newest sensation was in top form on Wednesday and top seed Jelena Jankovic paid the price.
Venus Williams rolled and Vera Zvonareva crushed number 15, Yanina Wckmayer, but all eyes were focused on Belgian’s two former number ones who are now ready to clash in Monday’s Round of Sixteen.
Former number ones Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin joined second seed Venus Williams in the third round on Wednesday.
Francesca Schiavone won the only set she needed and then Samantha Stosur crushed Jalena Jankovic to complete the championship pairing nobody expected.
Francesca Schiavone brought her A game out against Caroline Wozniacki and Elena Dementieva overcame powerful Russian Nadia Petrova to seal semifinal berths at Roland Garros.
In a weekend of startling upsets, the final French player retired after just one set while 3rd seeded Andy Murray was eliminated and 2nd seeded Venus Williams suffered an unexpected setback in the women’s division.
On a day where top seeds prevailed, Robin Soderling and Marin Cilic are set to square off in the round of sixteen and Maria Sharapova is set to meet fireplug Justine Henin in round three.
The City of Lights ran into darkness as one of France’s favorite sons, Gael Monfils, will have to return tomorrow to determine the outcome of a stunning five set thriller.
In Madrid final, Aravane Rezai has too much firepower for Venus Williams.
Venus Williams was steadfast but Aravane Rezai surprised Jalena Jankovic in the quarterfinals at Madrid Open 2010.