Sharapova into quarterfinals of French Open
PARIS: Maria Sharapova sailed into quarterfinals of French open after defeating Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan by 1-6 6-3 6-4.
Former world number one Sharapova, a semi-finalist in 2007, has won all three of her matches this week in three sets and goes on to play 25th seed Li Na, a 7-5 6-1 victory over Olga Govortsova.
Third seed Venus Williams became the first big name to exit the French Open with a 6-0 6-4 defeat by Agnes Szavay.
Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam winner, has now fallen at the third round in each of the last three years.
Szavay, the 29th seed from Hungary, stormed through the first set and then edged out Williams in the second to set up a meeting with Dominika Cibulkova.
Top seed Dinara Safina beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-0 and Ana Ivanovic overcame Iveta Benesova 6-0 6-2.
Bad light suspended play on Court 1 of the match between Belarusian Azarenka and Navarro of Spain with the score at 5-7 7-5.