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Wed Feb 10 06:41:08 SAST 2016

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
Image by: KENA BETANCUR / REUTERS

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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