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Pavylyuchenkova upsets Schivaone to reach quarters

Julian Linden, Reuters | 06 September, 2011 07:38
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia returns to Francesca Schiavone of Italy during their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia returns a shot to Francesca Schiavone of Italy during their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 5, 2011

Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova avenged her agonising loss to Italy’s Francesca Schiavone at this year’s French Open to book her place in the quarter-finals of the US Open on Monday.

Pavlyuchenkova fought back from losing the first set to beat the seventh-seeded Schiavone 5-7 6-3 6-4 and reach the last eight in New York for the first time.

    The Russian, seeded 17th, now plays Serena Williams after the American also beat a former French Open champion, Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic, 6-3 6-4.

    It was sweet revenge for Pavlyuchenkova after she blew her chance of a first grand slam appearance when she lost to Schiavone in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros after leading 6-1 4-1.

    “Of course I was thinking about it,” Pavlyuchenkova said.

“But it made me stronger I think. I never try to find excuses when I lose so I always blame myself.

    “It was actually a bit easier here because it was a different situation.

    “This time I won the second set...emotionally I felt better and I felt like I could win the third set.”     

Schiavone, who won the French Open last year and was a finalist this season, became the latest in a long line of high-profile casualties in the women’s draw at Flushing Meadows.

    Just two of the top eight seeds, world number one Caroline Wozniacki and last year’s US Open runner-up Vera Zvonareva, remain in the tournament with the fourth round still to be completed.

    “I think she’s a good player. She played good,” Schiavone said of Pavlyuchenkova. “Of course I am disappointed.”


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