French Open champ Schiavone through to 4th round
French Open champion Francesca Schiavone advanced to the fourth
round of the Australian Open, beating Monica Niculescu of Romania
6-0, 7-6 (2) on Friday.
Niculescu was serving for the second set, but the sixth-seeded
Schiavone quickly held three break points and leveled the set at
5-5, part of a sequence of five service breaks in six games. In the
tiebreaker, Schiavone jumped out to 3-0 lead and won the match with
a forehand to the open court.
Schiavone will play last year’s finalist Justine Henin or former
U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round.