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.