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Teenager Cirstea shocks Jankovic

FRENCH OPEN
Venue: Roland Garros Date: 24 May - 7 June
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Sorana Cirstea

Highlights - Teenager Cirstea causes major upset

Romanian teenager Sorana Cirstea caused a major upset with victory over fifth seed Jelena Jankovic in the fourth round of the French Open.

The 19-year-old from Bucharest, ranked 41 in the world, won 3-6 6-0 9-7 against the former world number one.

Jankovic served for the match at 5-4 in the decider but faltered, and Cirstea broke for victory in game 16.

She will play Samantha Stosur in the last eight after the Australian thrashed Virginie Razzano 6-1 6-2.

"It's a great feeling and the most important thing is that I'm happy with my game and how I'm playing," said Cirstea, who had already beaten French 21st seed Alize Cornet and Danish 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki.

"Hopefully I can keep playing like this and hopefully it's just the beginning. I've always said that I loved playing on big courts. I love having lots of people supporting me.

When you want to win really badly and it's your first time on Court Philippe Chatrier, emotions get involved

Aleksandra Wozniak

"The atmosphere was amazing at the end. I felt the crowd was with me and that gave me more energy."

Jankovic, who need the trainer to look at a foot problem in the second set, admitted: "I served at 6-5 and 30-0 up (in the second set) and that's when I should have gone for my shots and tried to finish the match off.

"It was a really tough match and it's a really tough loss for me."

Second seed Serena Williams earlier bulldozed her way past Aleksandra Wozniak to reach the quarter-finals.

Wozniak won just one point in the first three games and, although she improved, the Canadian, ranked 24th in the world, never looked like fighting back.

Williams was just too powerful and made the most of Wozniak's poor serving to clinch a speedy 6-1 6-2 victory.

The 2002 champion will play Svetlana Kuznetsova next after the seventh seed beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 1-6 6-1.

Williams had been taken to three sets in two of her previous matches but, apart from being broken at the end of the second set, was completely dominant throughout.

The American wrapped up her win in 53 minutes to reinforce that, while top seed Dinara Safina remains the favourite, Williams is back in form and a real contender for a third successive Grand Slam title, and her 11th in total.

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"After I got off to such a quick start, I realised that maybe she hadn't played on Centre Court yet," said Williams.

"Maybe she hadn't had the experience in big matches in Grand Slams where there is a chance for either player who won to get into the quarter-finals."

Wozniak, 21, was in the fourth round at a Grand Slam for the first time and never recovered from her dreadful start.

"When you want to win really badly and it's your first time on Court Philippe Chatrier, emotions get involved," she said afterwards.

"You get tight and you can't play your game and it's tough."

Kuznetsova had also looked impressive to reach the last 16 - dropping only 11 games on the way - but the Russian found things a lot tougher against 20-year-old Radwanska, who responded strongly after losing the first set.

The Pole went on the attack, breaking Kuznetsova twice and levelling the match with an ace when leading 5-1.

But she could not keep up the pressure and Kuznetsova, the 2006 runner-up, regained the initiative at the start of the deciding set and went on to win it comfortably.

"My other matches were too easy and sometimes it's not too good," said Kuznetsova. "Today I was a little bit tested.

"It's also good in this stage of tournament but in the next matches, I cannot allow myself to do this. I really understand that. I just have to be more prepared."



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