World No.4 Francesca Schiavone skipped last weekend’s Fed Cup action in order to start the clay court season fresh and prepared so that she can give her best in defending the French Open title, but the start wasn’t as successful as she hoped for. The Italian lost her opening match on clay to Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and in straight sets, 6-1 6-3.
In previous years, it was Schiavone who won all the four encounters with Radwanska, but in 2011, the Pole defeated Schiavone 6-0 6-2 in Miami and now in Stuttgart, in their first meeting on clay.
Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki cruised into the quarterfinals with a 6-1 6-2 victory over Zuzana Kucova. Her opponent in the last eight will be Andrea Petkovic, who came back from a set down to upset seventh seed Jelena Jankovic 3-6 6-1 6-3.
Seeds number six and eight also lost. Li Na lost to Sabine Lisicki 6-4 7-5, while Marion Bartoli lost to Kristina Barrois 6-4 6-2. Vera Zvonareva and Samantha Stosur advanced in three sets – the Russian against compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the Australian against Daniela Hantuchova. (photo: Stephane Martinache)