Paris, France (Sports Network) - Reigning champion Maria Sharapova and her
fellow former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka were a pair of third-round
winners Saturday at the French Open.
The second-seeded Sharapova got past China's Zheng Jie 6-1, 7-5, while the
third-seeded Australian Open titlist Azarenka needed all three sets to hold
off 31st-seeded French crowd favorite Alize Cornet 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 on the famed
red clay at Roland Garros. Cornet was fresh off her clay-court title in
Strasbourg last week.
Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam by beating Italian Sara Errani in last
year's French Open final.
Up next for the Russian superstar will be 17th-seeded American Sloane
Stephens, while Azarenka's fourth-round opponent will be French Open-
loving Italian Francesca Schiavone, who upset 13th-seeded Frenchwoman Marion
Bartoli 6-2, 6-1 on Day 7 of the fortnight. Schiavone titled here in 2010, was
the Roland Garros runner-up in 2011, and is now 18-2 in Paris in her last
Americans Stephens and Bethanie Mattek-Sands reached the round of 16, as
Stephens outlasted New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 on Court
1, while Mattek-Sands overcame Argentine Paula Ormaechea 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Stephens is now 8-1 at the Grand Slams this year, having reached the Aussie
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