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Novak Djokovic suffers unusual injury scare at Hopman Cup ahead of Australian Open

VIDEO: Djokovic suffers unusual injury scare ahead of Australian Open as he was hit by a railing while signing autographs at Hopman Cup

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15:10 GMT, 31 December 2012

Novak Djokovic endured a strange injury scare ahead of his Australian Open defence as a railing fell on his leg while he was signing autographs in Perth.

The Serbian was representing his country at the Hopman Cup and he limped away from court after his 6-3 6-4 win over Andreas Seppi.

But the 25-year-old recovered in time to play the mixed-doubles encounter with Ana Ivanovic.

Djokovic said: 'It was a bit of a shock and I'm glad that the children involved are OK. I am fine.'

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Injured: A barrier gave way while Djokovic was signing autographs

Injured: A barrier gave way while Djokovic was signing autographs

Injured: A barrier gave way while Djokovic was signing autographs

Unusual: The world number one hobbled off court in Perth

Hurt: The world number one hobbled off court in Perth

The Serbian was representing his country at the Hopman Cup and he limped away from court after his 6-3 6-4 win over Andreas Seppi.

It was a hectic day for the world number one as he arrived late in Australia after winning an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi.

'I arrived quite late last night and didn't get a lot of hours of sleep and I felt like I was dream-walking,' he said after beating Seppi.

'I broke the ice after the first set and felt a little bit better.'

Despite losing the mixed-doubles, Serbia beat Italy 2-1 as Ivanovic beat Francesca Schiavone 6-0 6-4 in the women's singles match.

Warm-up: Djokovic was representing his country at the Hopman Cup as part of his Australian Open preparations

Warm-up: Djokovic was representing his country at the Hopman Cup as part of his Australian Open preparations

Recovery: Djokovic came back to play the doubles match with Ana Ivanovic

Recovery: Djokovic came back to play the doubles match with Ana Ivanovic

Victory: Serbia beat Italy 2-1 in Perth despite losing the mixed-doubles match

Victory: Serbia beat Italy 2-1 in Perth despite losing the mixed-doubles match

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Wimbledon 2012: Francesca Schiavone rages at rules

Schiavone rages at rules after rain interruption during loss to Kvitova

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21:53 GMT, 2 July 2012

Rage: Schiavone felt the conditions were treacherous

Rage: Schiavone felt the conditions were treacherous

Francesca Schiavone wants an explanation from Wimbledon over the tournament’s rain rules after a bizarre on-court stand-off helped to hand Petra Kvitova a quarter-final spot.

The former French Open winner was incensed by the umpire’s handling of her match on Court No 3 and said that it should have been stopped.

Schiavone had taken advantage of wayward shot-making from the defending champion to claim the first set.

However, with the next set delicately poised at deuce with Schiavone 6-5 down on her serve, she made representation to umpire Fiona Edwards to halt the match.

Light rain was falling at the time and, rather than instruct the groundstaff to pull the covers over the court, the official asked the players to wait on their chairs, which they did for eight minutes.

There was then another delay of five minutes in the third set.

The disruption clearly helped Kvitova, who broke and then secured the third set easily to win the match 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

On a roll: Kvitova is one step closer to retaining her crown

On a roll: Kvitova is one step closer to retaining her crown

‘I didn’t think we should play,’ said Schiavone. ‘I was surprised that the umpire didn’t stop it. It was dangerous. I am going to ask how it works when the weather is like this.’ Kvitova said: ‘I was ready to play. Far better to stay there than go to the locker room and come back.’

WIMBLEDON 2012 LIVE: day six news as it happens

WIMBLEDON 2012 LIVE: All the latest news from day six at the Championships as it happens

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11:10 GMT, 30 June 2012

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12.08pm: In the only men's singles match currently going on, the unseeded pair of Brian Baker and Benoit Paire are with serve on Court No 3 at 4-4.

12.07pm: Schiavone has absolutely mauled Zakopalova in the first set – taking it 6-0.

Slow start: Ana Ivanovic was broken early in her first set against Julia Goerges

Slow start: Ana Ivanovic was broken early in her first set against Julia Goerges

12.05pm: Ana Ivanovic is in a bit of trouble over on Court No 2 and is a break down against the German Julia Goerges at 5-2.

11.58am: Schiavone has made a blistering start over on Court No 12 and is now a double-break up at 4-0 in her first set against Zakopalova. She's likely to face defending champion Petra Kvitova next if she wins.

11.50am: No 24 seed Francesca Schiavone is also a break up at 2-0 against Zakopalova.

11.48am: Yanina Wickmayer has an early break against Tamira Paszek in a battle between two unseeded players – she leads 2-0 in the first set.

11.30am: Andy Murray is of course the main attraction today – him and Marcos Baghdatis play the third match on Centre Court, where Serena Williams will kick things off at 1pm against Jie Zheng. Sandwiched between that match and Murray's is a mouth-watering encounter between Andy Roddick and David Ferrer. Over on Court No 1 we'll see the third hurdle of Petra Kvitova's title defence at 1pm, followed by Juan Martin Del Potro v Kei Nishikori and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Lukas Lacko. Until the drama kicks off on the show courts at 1pm I'll keep you updated with what's going on on the outside courts.

11.15am: We have four matches scheduled to get under way at 11.30am. In the women's third round Ana Ivanovic takes on Julia Goerges on Court No 2, Kara Zakopalova and Francesca Schiavone go toe-to-toe on Court No 12 and Tamira Paszek faces Yanina Wickmayer on Court No 18. In the men's third round Brian Baker takes on Benoit Paire on Court No 3.

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Star attraction: Andy Murray will play the third match on Centre Court

Wimbledon 2012: Laura Robson crashes out

Robson left to rue missed chances as Italian Schiavone dumps British starlet

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12:49 GMT, 26 June 2012

Laura Robson is out of Wimbledon after losing her first-round match with Francesca Schiavone.

The British teenager got off to a great start by winning the first set but she wasted three break points in the second as Schiavone levelled the match.

The Italian then threatened to run away with the decider and led 5-1 before eventually converting a fifth match point to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

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Faller at the first hurdle: Laura Robson is out of Wimbledon after losing to Francesca Schiavone

Faller at the first hurdle: Laura Robson is out of Wimbledon after losing to Francesca Schiavone

Digging in: Francesca Schiavone proved too strong despite losing the first set to Robson

Digging in: Francesca Schiavone proved too strong despite losing the first set to Robson

Eye on the ball: Robson made a fast start as she took the first set against Schiavone

Eye on the ball: Robson made a fast start as she took the first set against Schiavone

Playing through the pain: Schiavone received treatment from the trainer during her match with Robson

Playing through the pain: Schiavone received treatment from the trainer during her match with Robson

Shady business: Robson supporters try to keep the sun away during the youngster's match

Shady business: Robson supporters try to keep the sun away during the youngster's match

Wimbledon 2012: British interest – full profiles

Back the Brits! Get to know the five men and six women on home turf at SW19

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21:30 GMT, 24 June 2012

Once again hopes of a home win at Wimbledon will largely be resting on the shoulders of Andy Murray. However it isn't just the world No 4 going for glory in front of his own fans, with 10 others doing their best in the men and women's draw.

Sportsmail gives you the lowdown on all those hoping for a Brit of luck.

THE BOYS
Andy Murray

Andy Murray, 25 World Ranking: 4. Career earnings: 13,181,539.
Wimbledon best: Three semi-finals. 1st round opponent: N Davydenko (Russia, world No 47) Did you know Appeared in comedy show Outnumbered for Comic Relief.

Strawberry rating: 5

James Ward

Jamie Baker

JAMES WARD, 25

WR: 173 SW19 best: 1st rnd

1st rnd opponent: P Andujar (Spain, ranked 36)

Career earnings: 218,510

Did you know His father, Jim, is a London taxi driver, who overcame a brain tumour.

Strawberry rating: 3

JAMIE BAKER, 25

WR: 186 SW19 best: 1st rnd

1st rnd opponent: A Roddick (US, ranked 33).

Career earnings: 193,607.

Did you know Almost died after contracting a blood disease.

Strawberry rating: 3

Josh Goodall

Oliver Golding

JOSH GOODALL, 26

WR: 215 SW19 best: 1st rnd

1st rnd opponent: G Zemlja (Slovenia, ranked 119)

Career earnings: 234,788

Did you know He doesn’t receive funding from the LTA.

Strawberry rating: 1

OLIVER GOLDING, 18

WR: 491 SW19 best: N/A

1st rnd opponent: I Andreev (Russia, ranked 91).

Career earnings: 19,882

Did you know Was an actor as a boy, appearing in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on stage.

Strawberry rating: 3

THE GIRLS

Anne Keothavong

Laura Robson

ANNE KEOTHAVONG, 28

WR: 77 SW19 best: 2nd rnd

Career earnings: 727,907

1st rnd opponent: L Pous-Tio (Spain, ranked 100)

Did you know Has a blue belt in taekwondo.

Strawberry rating: 3

LAURA ROBSON, 18

WR: 97 SW19 best: 2nd rnd

Career earnings: 188,300

1st rnd opponent: F Schiavone (Italy, ranked 26)

Did you know Has a big crush on Twilight actor Robert Pattinson and wants to meet him.

Strawberry rating: 3

Elena Baltacha

Heather Watson

ELENA BALTACHA, 28

WR: 101 SW19 best: 3rd rnd

Career earnings: 670,139

1st rnd opponent: K Knapp (Italy, ranked 109)

Did you know Her father Sergei played for USSR’s national football team.

Strawberry rating: 3

HEATHER WATSON, 20

WR: 103 SW19 best: 1st rnd

Career earnings: 208,991

1st rnd opponent: I Benesova (Czech Republic, ranked 52)

Did you know Won the 2009 Channel Islands Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Strawberry rating: 3

JOHANNA KONTA

Naomi Broady

JOHANNA KONTA, 21

WR: 212 SW19 best: N/A

Career earnings: 37,168

1st rnd opponent: C McHale (US, ranked 30)

Did you know Only became a British citizen in May, having previously played for Australia.

Strawberry rating: 1

NAOMI BROADY, 22

WR: 228 SW19 best: 1st rnd

Career earnings: 84,665

1st rnd opponent: L Dominguez Lino (Spain, ranked 71).

Did you know Had her funding withdrawn after posting photos of herself partying on internet.

Strawberry rating: 1

Wimbledon 2012: Maria Sharapova targets back-to-back titles

Sharapova wary of tough turnaround as Russian targets back-to-back titles

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16:16 GMT, 23 June 2012

Maria Sharapova knows she must break the pattern of recent history as she begins her Wimbledon campaign.

But the Russian, runner-up last year
and a remarkable Wimbledon champion as a 17-year-old in 2004, is
determined it is possible to follow up French Open glory with grand slam
success in London.

Warm up: Maria Sharapova prepares for Wimbledon

Warm up: Maria Sharapova prepares for Wimbledon

Not since 2002 when Serena Williams performed the feat has a player on the women's side of the game achieved the double of Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles.

Sharapova's triumph in Paris came just a fortnight ago, and from the high of that moment, when she became just the 10th woman to complete the career grand slam of titles at all four majors, she has gradually turned her focus to another grass-court campaign.

The 25-year-old has spent the last week in London reminding herself of the demands of the surface, cutting out the sliding and putting in the long strides while building towards her first-round clash with Russian-born Australian Anastasia Rodionova.

The transition has not been handled well by recent French Open champions, with 2010 winner Francesca Schiavone losing in the first round at Wimbledon two weeks later and Li Na, who landed the French title in 2011, surrendering in round two in London.

'I think it's the toughest back to back grand slam-wise, no doubt,' Sharapova said.

'Especially if you're coming off a French Open win or a final it's the toughest turnaround.

'As much as you want to celebrate and enjoy, you come here and it's like a whole new ball game.

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

'As far as the success I had at the French Open is concerned, my first time getting to the finals and winning it and coming here, I think it's not really what has been achieved before, I think it's going out there and trying to achieve something that you want to do.'

Such an attitude has helped Sharapova return to the number one ranking, recovering fully from a shoulder injury which appeared to be ruining a bright career.

'I'm certainly very happy with what I achieved, but that doesn't make me less eager to want to achieve more,' she said.

Defeat to Petra Kvitova in the
Wimbledon final last July was inevitably painful, but it was the trigger
point to the most successful 12 months of Sharapova's career to date.
As well as lifting the French title, she also reached the Australian
Open final in January, and Sharapova looks back to last year's Wimbledon
with obvious pride at her run to a first grand slam title match since
Australia in 2008.

'For sure it was definitely a big step for me in the right direction,' she said.

'It was just really good to be at that stage of a grand slam again. I was really happy that I was here.'

Sharapova means business in London ahead of the most anticipated fortnight on the tennis calendar.

When asked whether she would be glad to see Kim Clijsters, on her final
Wimbledon appearance, lift the title for the first time, her response
left no doubt about her own intentions.

In the swing: Sharapova must change her game for SW19

In the swing: Sharapova must change her game for SW19

'Well, it's tough to put myself out of the equation just like that with your words. I'm sorry,' she said.

'I've always admired Kim. I think she's one of the best professionals we've had on tour. Certainly she's had a lot of injuries which she's been able to come back from and do so well. She's been such a great example of coming back, even having a kid, devoting herself to the sport.

'It's not an easy task to just get back on the horse and perform as well as she has. To see her succeed is always a nice feeling for me.'

Mother-of-one Clijsters, 29, will retire at the end of the year, quitting the sport for a second time, and, she is adamant, the last time.

The three-time US Open champion reached Wimbledon semi-finals in 2003 and 2006 and begins against fellow former world number one Jelena Jankovic on Tuesday. Sharapova also starts on Tuesday but Kvitova and four-time champion Serena Williams, plus world number two Victoria Azarenka, get under way on Monday.

Williams will tackle Czech player Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and is determined to avoid another opening-round defeat, having suffered the first of her grand slam singles career in Paris last month when she fell to French player Virginie Razzano. A focused Williams delivered a warning to her rivals this afternoon.

'Whether I had won in Paris or lost like I did in the first round, I am always extremely motivated,' Williams said. 'If anything, I think losing makes me even more motivated.'

Dismissing the notion she and sister Venus, the five-time Wimbledon champion, could be close to retiring – 'I have no intention of stopping, and I don't think she does either” – Williams said it would be hard to replace the buzz of winning titles.

'Who knows, maybe I'll become a rockstar,' she joked.

Williams has scoffed at the world ranking system in the past, but can have no complaints now, with Sharapova leading the way.

'I think she's doing great,' Williams said. 'I always think if you work hard, you get whatever's coming to you.'

New world No 1 Sharapova pulverises Kvitova to reach maiden French Open final

New world No 1 Sharapova pulverises Kvitova to reach maiden French Open final

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18:06 GMT, 7 June 2012

Maria Sharapova booked her place in her first French Open final and guaranteed she will overtake Victoria Azarenka as world number one with a hugely impressive 6-3, 6-3 victory over Petra Kvitova.

It was a rematch of the Wimbledon final, which Kvitova won, but Sharapova was much the better player today and ensured it was third time lucky after two semi-final defeats at Roland Garros.

Sealed with a kiss: Maria Sharapova is through to her first French Open final

Sealed with a kiss: Maria Sharapova is through to her first French Open final

The 25-year-old Russian, who last
topped the rankings before her shoulder troubles in 2008, will meet
surprise finalist Sara Errani on Saturday after the Italian defeated US
Open champion Sam Stosur 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 earlier.

Sharapova had won both meetings with
Kvitova since Wimbledon, including a semi-final at the Australian Open,
and she looked like she meant business from the start.

Power play: Sharapova's serve was much improved

Power play: Sharapova's serve was much improved

Her serve has been her one major
weakness since her shoulder problems, and the windy conditions provided a
real test, but she was rock solid.

The second seed broke for the first
time in the fifth game and then again to win the set, and in the second
set she quickly moved 3-1 ahead.

Kvitova fought back to level with
some big groundstrokes but Sharapova simply broke again and she clinched
victory with an ace – mirroring her opponent's finish at Wimbledon.

Outgunned: Petra Kvitota lost in 77 minutes

Outgunned: Petra Kvitota lost in 77 minutes

The Russian will now have the chance
to win the only grand slam title to have so far eluded her and her first
since the Australian Open in 2008.

Errani's success means there will be
an Italian in the women's final for the third year in a row after
Francesca Schiavone's two runs in 2010, when she beat Stosur, and last
year's defeat by Li Na.

But the 25-year-old is an even more
unlikely finalist – she had won only one match at Roland Garros prior to
this year and had never beaten a top-10 player.

Hair-raising: Sharapova won convincingly

Hair-raising: Sharapova won convincingly

Errani let the emotion show as she
sobbed into her towel at the end of the match, but she said of the final
moments: 'I was very nervous but at the same time I was really focused
on the game.

'Maybe she had more pressure. I just wanted to think about what I had to do and try to forget everything, forget where I was.'

Errani, who is less than 5ft 5in
tall, is having the best season of her career – helped by the change to a
longer racquet – and today's win means she will climb into the top 10
from her current ranking of 24th.

Emotional: Errani

Emotional: Errani

She said of her run: 'It's incredible
for me. I didn't expect it, and I'm here. So I don't know what to say.
I'm very happy about how I've played because I think I've played good
matches. It's not finished, I have one match more. I have to think about
that.

'I don't feel like I'm top 10 but now I
will be, so it's a strange sensation. Maybe my problem always was that I
couldn't believe that I could beat the strong players.'

French Open 2012: Sara Errani beats Sam Stosur

Errani takes advantage of Stosur errors in thrilling clash to reach first Grand Slam final

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16:00 GMT, 7 June 2012

Italy's Sara Errani reached her first grand slam final with a stunning 7-5 1-6 6-3 victory over Sam Stosur at the French Open on Thursday.

The 21st seed was a huge underdog against the 2010 finalist, who had not dropped a set all tournament, but she played at a high level throughout and was nerveless at the conclusion.

Errani had only ever won one match at Roland Garros before this year but her greater consistency was the deciding factor, with Stosur's 48 unforced errors simply too high.

Victory: A delighted Sara Errani celebrates after reaching the final

Victory: A delighted Sara Errani celebrates after reaching the final

Favourite: Samantha Stosur was fancied to beat Errani

Favourite: Samantha Stosur was fancied to beat Errani

The Australian – who lost to another Italian, Francesca Schiavone, in the 2010 final – made the perfect start with an immediate break of the Errani serve, but the Italian has shown this fortnight what a feisty competitor she is and she hit straight back.

Errani stands less then 5ft 5in tall and had been expected to struggle with the kick serve and heavy topspin of Stosur, but she was taking the ball early and more than holding her own.

Both players held serve reasonably comfortably until the 11th game, when Errani put her opponent under huge pressure.

Get ready: Errani will face the winner of the other semi-final, between Petra Kvitovaseed and Maria Sharapova

Get ready: Errani will face the winner of the other semi-final, between Petra Kvitovaseed and Maria Sharapova

Twice Stosur used her big forehand to great effect to get out of trouble but a third break point followed and this time the Australian netted a backhand volley.

Errani was not about to let the chance to clinch the set slip by and a lovely wide serve and forehand combination put her in the driving seat.

But the 25-year-old had never won in five previous meetings with Stosur, and the sixth seed came out firing at the start of the second set.

Errani could have won the opening game, but Stosur powered away a backhand winner on break point, and from there she reeled off another four games in a row.

But, despite the one-sided nature of the second set, it still felt like the match was on a knife edge, with the start of the decider all important.

Power: Stosur won the second set with brute force

Power: Stosur won the second set with brute force

And it was Errani who seized the initiative, exploiting a series of errors from Stosur to break and move 3-0 ahead.

The wind had got up, making conditions very tricky, but Stosur dug in and retrieved the break. The 28-year-old's greater weight of shot always had the potential to be the difference, but she had to keep her error count low.

And Errani simply was not going away. She forced two more break points at 4-3, both saved brilliantly by Stosur, but the Australian then double-faulted and Errani pounced.

Thrilling: Errani held her nerve to beat Stosur

Thrilling: Errani held her nerve to beat Stosur

Serving for a place in the final, she displayed the same fearlessness she had shown throughout, bringing up three match points and powering away a forehand on the first.

Errani is having the best season of her career and her victory ensured a third Italian finalist in three years here following Schiavone's two appearances in 2010 and 2011.

French Open 2012: Petra Kvitova beats Nina Bratchikova

Kvitova scrapes past Bratchikova in third round at Roland Garros

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13:14 GMT, 2 June 2012

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova survived a test in the third round of the French Open, eventually getting past Nina Bratchikova 6-2 4-6 6-1.

The Czech has a tendency to be erratic and, after powering through the first set, she found herself trailing 5-1 in the second to her Russian opponent, who is ranked 109th in the world.

Scraped through: Petra Kvitova just about made it

Scraped through: Petra Kvitova just about made it

Kvitova always looked to have too much power and quality, though, and, although she could not save the set, she was relatively untroubled in coming through the decider.

The 22-year-old is much more of a force on faster surfaces and will be looking to reach the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for the first time.

In the fourth round Kvitova will play
unseeded American Varvara Lepchenko, who ensured there will be no third
final in a row here for Italy's Francesca Schiavone.

The 14th seed, who beat Sam Stosur in
2010 then lost to Li Na last year, took the first set reasonably
comfortably but was pegged back by Lepchenko.

Denied: Nina Bratchikova could not progress

Denied: Nina Bratchikova could not progress

The third set was a topsy-turvy affair, with the American serving for the match at 5-3 only for Schiavone to level, but Lepchenko broke again and then saved four break points on her own serve before finally taking it 3-6 6-3 8-6.

The victory means Lepchenko is certain to qualify for the US team at the Olympics, leaving Venus Williams vulnerable because Sloane Stephens, who is ranked lower at the moment, is still in the tournament.

French Open 2012: Elena Baltacha loses to Samantha Stosur

Bad start for Brits as Baltacha crashes out to former finalist Stosur at French Open

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10:45 GMT, 27 May 2012

Elena Baltacha bowed out of the French Open as the British No 1 lost in straight sets to US Open champion Samantha Stosur.

For a while in the opening set, Baltacha managed to trouble world No 6 Stosur, but after coming back from a break down she then lost seven successive games to suffer a 6-4 6-0 first-round defeat.

Baltacha, 28, fell an immediate break down in the opening set but then competed well to recover and close to 5-4, back on serve.

Over and out: Elena Baltacha was comfortably beaten in the French Open

Over and out: Elena Baltacha was comfortably beaten in the French Open

Serving in the 10th game, Baltacha conceded another break and consequently the set, and the world No 68, dressed all in blue on the Paris clay, crumbled from that stage on.

There were flickers from the British player's racquet in the second set, notably a fierce forehand that whistled past Stosur as it landed just inside the baseline, but they were infrequent.

Marching on: Samantha Stosur enjoyed a routine win in Paris

Marching on: Samantha Stosur enjoyed a routine win in Paris

The match was afforded the stadium stage of Philippe Chatrier Court but it became a no-contest as Baltacha, who struggled with her serve, won just nine points in the second set.

Stosur, runner-up to Francesco Schiavone at Roland Garros two years ago, clinched victory on her third match point to reach the last 64.