Pavlyuchenkova allows Schiavone to run into Roland Garros semis


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)


  1. Hard luck for pavlyenchova. but schiavone did fight like crazy. and it was this fighting spirit and her determination that made her win the match. Schiavone faces bartoli in the semis. The way bartoliis playing, seems like she is headed towards the same road as was schiavone. I dont know why, but i have a feeling as if bartoli is going to win it. Though I will be routing for schiavone against bartoli. Lets see what comes up.


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