Women’s top seed Serena Williams conceded four games to the world’s best doubles player as she moved to the quarterfinals of the French Open.
Williams beat Italy’s Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-3 on the main Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros in Paris. Williams, the 2002 champion, has only dropped ten games in four matches in Paris. Her fourth-round win against the 15th-seeded Vinci extended her unbeaten run to 28, the longest of her career.
“It wasn’t easy to win today but I am very happy,” Williams said in French in a court-side interview. “I’m happy to get to the second week, especially because I didn’t get there last year.”
Williams was knocked out of the opening round of Roland Garros in 2012, her worst ever Grand Slam defeat. Since then, she’s only lost three matches, and won Wimbledon, the U.S. Open as well as singles and doubles gold medals at the London Olympics.
The 31-year-old American will next play Svetlana Kuznetsova, who earlier today upset Germany’s No. 8 seed Angelique Kerber, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. The unseeded Russian defeated Williams in the quarterfinals of 2009 Roland Garros, when she went on to win the title.
“She’s been playing unbelievable tennis,” Kuznetsova, who also won the 2004 U.S. Open, told reporters. “But I believe that I have the game. Let’s cross fingers I will have a good day.”
Fifth-ranked David Ferrer of Spain moved to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 win against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.
Spain is guaranteed at least one player in the men’s semifinals because Ferrer faces either Tommy Robredo or Nicolas Almagro in the last eight. Ferrer is the only player inside the top five who has yet to win a major singles title.
Two more former champions are scheduled to play later today. 2009 winner Roger Federer of Switzerland faces France’s Gilles Simon, while 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia plays Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.
Sara Errani, the runner-up from Italy last year, meets Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro while No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France plays Serbia’s Viktor Troicki.
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