Top seed Maria Sharapova of Russia had struggled for form in her opening three matches and eventually she fell to compatriot Dinara Safina 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 in the fourth round of the French Open.
No.13 seed Safina didn’t make use of two set points she had in the opener, and in the second set she saved a match point, but in the end she beat the three-time Grand Slam champion.
Safina will next play the 2004 Roland Garros runner-up Elena Dementieva. Seventh-seeded Dementieva advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4 1-6 6-2 victory over fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva, seeded 11th.
The fourth-round match between Dementieva and Zvonareva was full of errors. There were 11 breaks of serve in their 25 games and the pair conjured up 78 unforced errors between them.
In the quarterfinals, Dementieva will be playing her third Russian opponent and therefore she feels as if she were not in France: “I feel like I’m playing a Russian championship not Roland Garros.”