Errani and Kerber reach last eight at French Open

Updated: 03 June 2012 16:52 IST

Sara Errani of Italy and Angelique Kerber of Germany both reached the French Open quarter-finals for the first time on Sunday with straight sets wins in fourth round action.

Errani and Kerber reach last eight at French Open
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Sara Errani of Italy and Angelique Kerber of Germany both reached the French Open quarter-finals for the first time on Sunday with straight sets wins in fourth round action.

Errani, seeded 21, defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-0, 7-5, while 10th seed Kerber ousted Petra Martic of Croatia 6-3, 7-5.

The pair will meet in the last eight in a top half of the draw which also contains top seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who takes on Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia later Sunday.

Errani has been the form player on clay this year winning tournaments in Acapulco, Barcelona and Budapest. She also reached the Australian Open quarter-finals in January on hardcourts.

After a tough opening game on a cold, windy Philippe Chatrier centre Court, Errani took total control as 2009 champion Kuznetsova struggled to put her game together.

The first set was completed in just 30 minutes and it was more of the same at the start of the second as Errani, one of the smaller players on the circuit at just 1.64m, used her mobility and claycourt expertise to good effect.

Errani moved 2-0 up before Kuznetsova finally found some form, breaking the Italian to love to open her account.

The Russian levelled at 2-2 and had a break point in the next game to move ahead, but Errani saved that with a blistering forehand winner at the end of a long rally.

Two more break points followed two games later and Kuznetsova converted the first of these to move 4-3 up. She then served for the set at 5-4 up but was broken to love.

Errani took the next two games to reach her first French Open quarter-finals.

Kerber, a semi-finalist at the US Open last year, easily won the first set against Martic and she immediately got a break in the second when the Croatian, ranked 50th in the world, miscalculated a drop shot and hit the ball into the net.

Martic broke back in the eighth game to level the set and held her serve to take the lead but in the following game, Kerber fired off an ace to level the score at 5-5.

In the next game, Kerber prevailed in a 28-shot rally to go to break point and then sliced in a deft drop shot to move ahead 6-5.

The left-handed Kerber finally secured her quarter-final place on her third match point with a forehand winner on a poor return by the Croatian, who suffered nine double faults on her way to elimination.

The day's other fourth round tie sees US Open champion Samantha Stosur take on 19-year-old American hope Sloane Stephens.

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