Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - Former Wimbledon champion Petra
Kvitova and reigning U.S. Open titlist Samantha Stosur moved into the fourth
round, while former French Open winner Li Na suffered a third-round upset at
the final Grand Slam event of the year -- the U.S. Open.
The fifth-seeded left-handed Czech slugger Kvitova handled France's Pauline
Parmentier 6-4, 6-4 on the Grandstand court on a very hot day in New York.
Last year's Wimbledon champion Kvitova will lock horns with 2007 Wimbledon
runner-up Marion Bartoli on Sunday.
The seventh-seeded Stosur defeated 31st-seeded Uzbekistanian-born American
Varvara Lepchenko 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 at Ashe Stadium.
The Australian Stosur, who stunned American great Serena Williams in last
year's finale in Flushing Meadows, will battle upstart British teenager Laura
Robson in the fourth round.
The ninth-seeded Li was knocked out by the rising Robson 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2
at Armstrong Stadium. The 18-year-old Robson beat a former major champion for
the second time in two matches, as she ended the singles career of three-time
U.S. Open champ Kim Clijsters on Wednesday.
The talented Robson, the youngest woman in the top 100, is now into the fourth
round at a major for the first time in her career, and she's the first British
woman to reach the round of 16 in Flushing in 21 years (Jo Durie, 1991).
Also on Day 5 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, an 11th-
seeded Bartoli handled fellow Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-4.
The 2012 women's singles champion in New York will earn at least $1.9 million.
Kvitova could take home $2.9 million as the result of receiving a $1 million
bonus for winning the U.S. Open Series.
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