World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out in the third round of the French Open yesterday when she lost 6-1, 6-3 to 28th seed Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova.
The Dane, top seed in the clay-court tournament, has yet to win a Grand Slam title.
There were mixed fortunes for last year’s finalists on the women’s side, as defending champion Francesca Schiavone reached the final 16, while Samantha Stosur crashed out after being a break up in the deciding set.
Stosur, the fifth seed, was serving at 2-1 up against unseeded Gisela Dulko of Argentina when two double faults halted her momentum.
The 26-year-old South American, who had won the first four games of the third round match, before Stosur had seemingly turned the tide with some big hitting, took full advantage to take a 4-2 lead.
Dulko then served out twice to clinch a battling victory 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 after which she unfurled a white towel carrying congratulations to her brother and his wife who gave birth to twins on Wednesday.
Her reward will be a matchup against 11th seed Marion Bartoli, who kept alive hopes of a first French title win at Roland Garros since Mary Pierce in 2000 with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Julia Goerges of Germany.
Schiavone also got off to a poor start against China’s Peng Shuai, before hitting back to win the first set 6-3, but then trailed 2-1 in the second when her opponent retired after struggling with respiratory problems.
It was the little Italian’s 10th straight win at Roland Garros after her upset victory last year and she will next play former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, who saw off Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US 6-2, 6-2.
Also going through on a cold, windy day was the 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who rediscovered some of the form that has been missing so far this year to defeat Candadian hope Rebecca Marino 6-0, 6-4 in just 49 minutes.
Meanwhile, on the men’s side, Roger Federer cruised into the final 16.
Federer, the 2009 champion and playing in his 46th consecutive Grand Slam tournament, disposed of Serbian 29th seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.
Federer romped through the first set in just 19 minutes with two breaks of serve, allowing his 26-year-old opponent just 10 points.
Dangerous seventh seed David Ferrer of Spain also made the final 16, seeing off Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-1, 6-1, 6-3.
‧ On Thursday, Taiwan’s Chuang Chia-jung and Marcin Matkowski of Poland defeated their mixed doubles opponents, Indian pair Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/2).
ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY STAFF WRITER