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Aussie Stosur defeats Dementieva in French Open

Russian fourth seed Elena Dementieva Elena Vyacheslavovna Dementieva (pronounced: L-e-nuh de-MENT-ye-vuh Russian: Елена Вячеславовна , the 2004 Roland Garros Roland Garros may refer to:
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  • Roland Garros (tennis), Grand Slam tennis tournament in Paris, France
  • Roland Garros Airport, the airport in the aviator's hometown, Saint-Denis
 runner-up, was sent crashing out of the French Open in the third round on Saturday by Australia's Samantha Stosur Samantha Stosur (born March 30, 1984 in Brisbane, Australia) is a professional tennis player from Australia. She is a former world No. 1 on WTA Tour in doubles, together with Lisa Raymond from the United States. .

The 30th seed won 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam grand slam
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 for only the second time in her career and the first time on the testing clay courts of the French capital.

Stosur will now tackle either Italy's Tathiana Garbin or France's Virginie Razzano where a victory would make her the first Australian woman to make the quarter-finals here since Jelena Dokic in 2002.

The powerful Gold Coast resident, who had lost to Dementieva in the third round of the Australian Open this year, took the first set with a trademark, big forehand forehand

the head, neck, shoulders, withers and forelimbs of the horse.
 before both players struggled with the windy conditions inside Court Philippe Chatrier Court Philippe Chatrier is the main tennis court at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. Built in 1928, it currently holds 15,166 spectators. It is named after Philippe Chatrier, who was head of the French Tennis Federation and helped bring back tennis to the Summer Olympics .

The first four games of the second set all went against serve until Dementieva made the crucial break in the 10th game to level the tie.

But 25-year-old Stosur raced away in the decider taking a 4-0 lead before wrapping up the match with another power-packed crosscourt cross¬∑court ¬†
adv. & adj.
To or toward the other side of a playing court, especially a basketball or tennis court.
 winner as Dementieva joined third seed Venus Williams as a major third round casualty.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, the Russian seventh seed, continued her low-profile progress through the tournament with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Hungary's Melinda Czink.

Kuznetsova, a former US Open champion and who was runner-up here in 2006, has lost just 11 games on her way to the fourth round for a sixth successive year.

The 23-year-old will face either Polish 12th seed Agnieszka Radwanska or unseeded Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko for a place in the quarter-finals.

Later Saturday, American second seed, and 2002 champion, Serena Williams faces Spain's Maria Jose Martina Sanchez who has never made the last 16 of a Grand Slam.

Fifth seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic, a semi-finalist in the last two years, tackles Australia's Jarmila Groth, the world 73, who has yet to get beyond this stage of a Grand Slam.

Jankovic has won all of the pair's previous three meetings.
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