First-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova looked to be following up her upset of world No.3 Vera Zvonareva with an upset of defending champion Francesca Schiavone when the score was 6-1 4-1 for the 19-year-old Russian.
However, Schiavone, 11 years older than her opponent, dragged out a 7-5 second-set win and in the third set she raced to a 5-1 lead. Even though Pavlyuchenkova managed to level at 5-5, the fifth-seeded Italian was determined to finish the job, and on her third match point defeated the 14th-seeded Russian 1-6 7-5 7-5.
In the semis Schiavone will play the winner of the Marion Bartoli vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova quarterfinal. (photo by our reader Tony)
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