Defending champion Schiavone advances at French Open

Updated: 27 May 2011 16:19 IST

Defending champion Francesca Schiavone became the first woman to reach the fourth round at the French Open this year when Peng Shuai retired while trailing 6-3, 1-2 on Friday.

Defending champion Schiavone advances at French Open
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Paris:

Defending champion Francesca Schiavone became the first woman to reach the fourth round at the French Open this year when Peng Shuai retired while trailing 6-3, 1-2 on Friday.

The fifth-seeded Schiavone has yet to lose a set at this year's French Open.

Peng broke in the third game then held for a 3-1 lead before Schiavone won five games in a row.

Peng called for a doctor after the first game of the second set and had her blood pressure checked. She looked exhausted sitting on her chair, even crying at one point, before breaking for a 2-0 lead.

Schiavone won the next game before her opponent retired.

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