The third round match between Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova was suspended due to darkness on Saturday, with each player having won one set, and when the play resumed today Henin had the edge and defeated Sharapova 6-2 3-6 6-3. If the third set had been played on Saturday, Sharapova could have gone all the way to victory, but as her momentum was stopped, pretty unsurprisingly the four-time French Open champion Henin won. However, Sharapova can be proud of the fact that she became the first player to take a set from Henin at Roland Garros in five years.
The 22nd-seeded Henin, who extended her winning run at Roland Garros to 24 matches, will play seventh seed Samantha Stosur in the fourth round.
Fifth seed Elena Dementieva became the first player to enter the quarterfinals of the 2010 French Open, with a 6-1 6-2 victory over South African qualifier Chanelle Scheepers, ranked 131st, who had upset Gisela Dulko earlier in the tournament. Dementieva’s opponent in the quarters will be either Venus Williams or Nadia Petrova.
Maria Kirilenko, the winner over defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round, was beaten by Francesca Schiavone 6-4 6-4. Schiavone’s next opponent will be the winner of the match between Caroline Wozniacki and Flavia Pennetta. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)