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.

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.

Topics : Tennis Caroline Wozniacki Mahesh Bhupathi Novak Djokovic Marion Bartoli Venus Williams Jie Zheng Shahar Peer Shuai Peng Sania Mirza Andy Murray Juan Martin del Potro Francesca Schiavone Rafael Nadal French Open 2011
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