Kuznetsova sees off Radwanska

Former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova sent third seed Agnieszka Radwanska packing in comprehensive fashion in the third round of the French Open.

Former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova sent third seed Agnieszka Radwanska packing in comprehensive fashion in the third round of the French Open.

Radwanska has had a superb 2012 and was considered a title contender, a result that could have lifted her to world number one, but she was never really in contention today and crashed out 6-1 6-2.

In contrast, Kuznetsova, the winner in 2009, had won only three matches in as many months going into the tournament but has always enjoyed playing Radwanska and she extended her record over the Pole to six wins in a row and 10 from 13 clashes.

The 26th seed has a very good record at Roland Garros, with two final appearances, one semi-final and two quarter-finals in the last six years.

Kuznetsova next faces Italy’s Sara Errani, who knocked out another former champion, Ana Ivanovic, today.

The 2008 winner looked to be cruising in the first set but clay-court specialist Errani, seeded 21st, showed all her guile in turning things around to win 1-6 7-5 6-3.

Ivanovic said: “I was really pleased the way I started. I was really aggressive and I created a lot of opportunities for myself. Then I felt in the second and third sets she started raising her level a lot and putting a lot more on the ball.

“Also on my serve, I felt I had a great rhythm on it, but I just wasn’t making enough. My serve percentage was so poor. I think that was something that determined a little bit the tone for the last two sets.”

American teenager Sloane Stephens reached the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time with an impressive 6-3 6-2 victory over France’s Mathilde Johansson.

The 19-year-old is part of a promising new generation of Americans, and this win also boosted her hopes of going to the Olympics, but that was not uppermost in her mind when she spoke afterwards.

“I’m excited because now I’m going to have more Twitter followers,” said Stephens. “It’s always good to be noticed and recognised for sport. I think being up there with Venus and Serena, that’s awesome. I’m happy that I’m improving.”

Fifteenth seed Dominika Cibulkova saw off Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-2 6-1 while Petra Martic trounced 29th seed Anabel Medina Garrigues by the same scoreline.

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