Jelena Jankovic recovered from a second-set collapse against Agnieszka Radwanska to progress to the last eight of the French Open today.
After easing to a 6-3 first-set win, the third seed looked ready to wrap the match up in brisk fashion when she opened up a 5-1 lead in the second before Radwanska mounted a stunning fightback.
The 14th-seeded Pole dragged herself level with Jankovic before forcing a tie-break which went the way of the Serbian as she held her nerve for a 6-3 7-6 (7/3) triumph.
The match was punctuated by a couple of lengthy breaks for Jankovic to receive treatment on a shoulder injury, but Radwanska just failed to capitalise as her opponent began to labour with the discomfort.
Radwanska won five games in a row to put her 6-5 ahead in the second set but Jankovic turned it on when the pressure told and managed to hold to force the tie-break.
Jankovic’s opponent in the quarter-finals will be Roland Garros debutant Carla Suarez Navarro, who cruised to victory over Venus Williams’ conqueror Flavia Pennetta.
Pennetta, the 26th seed, all but gifted the win to 19-year-old Suarez Navarro by committing 37 unforced errors in the match, allowing the Spaniard a comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory.
Jankovic’s compatriot Ana Ivanovic is also into the last eight after a 6-0 6-0 victory over Petra Cetkovska.
Last year’s runner-up at Roland Garros, second seed Ivanovic was too strong in every facet of the game for Cetkovska, who is ranked 77th in the world.
The whitewash was over in just 54 minutes.
Ivanovic will now meet the winner of the match between 10th seed Patty Schnyder and 27th seed Katarina Srebotnik.