Schiavone stunned by Lepchenko in Paris
Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone bowed out at the third-round stage with a loss to Varvara Lepchenko.
Schiavone, who won the tournament in 2010 and was a finalist last year, made a shock exit with a 3-6 6-3 8-6 reverse against the world No. 63.
Italy's Schiavone arrived at the tournament having swept aside all before her in Strasbourg, storming to the title without dropping a set - but before that competition, she had suffered first or second round exits at ten consecutive events.
And while the first set against Lepchenko hinted at her Strasbourg form, the second and third frames were more reminiscent of her travails throughout 2012.
It was a patient, edgy match played from well behind the baseline, with both preferring to wait for a mistake rather than forcing the issue. Schiavone retreated into her shell in the third frame, and was punished for her caution in a three hour, two minute epic.
At one point it seemed like Li Na, last year's winner, was going to follow Schiavone in making an early departure. However, the Chinese player shrugged off losing the first set to triumph 3-6 6-2 6-1, setting up a fourth-rounder against Yaroslava Shvedova, who beat Carla Suarez Navarro.
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, seeded fourth, was not made to pay for a second-set slump in her 6-2 4-6 6-1 victory over Nina Bratchikova.
Bratchikova, the unseeded Russian, looked overmatched in a one-sided opening set, but showed mental toughness to make the tie a more even contest in the second. A break in the sixth game of the third set finally shattered Bratchikova's resolve and handed Kvitova victory - although she looked heavy-legged and uncomfortable in the Paris heat, with the implication being the win took plenty out of her. Kvitova plays Lepchenko next.
Re: Schiavone stunned by Lepchenko in Paris
too much defensive , unlike schiavone