For the third year in a row, Venus Williams has been defeated in the third round of the French Open. Yesterday, she was taken out by a resurgent Agnes Szavay, who--despite playing quite well--had some help from the 3rd seed. Williams looked lost and could not find any rhythm throughout the match. She served poorly and her movement suffered. Szavay, for her part, hit only thirteen winners, which was all she needed to take the match, 6-0, 6-4.
Top seed Dinara Safina continued her destruction of opponents, defeating the talented Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-0. So far, Safina's opponents--combined--have won a total of four games.
The defending champion, Ana Ivanovic, also prevailed, winning her match against Iveta Benesova. And Maria Sharapova, playing a spirited and determined Yaroslava Shvedova, advanced to the round of 16 with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory. Both players seemed tired (perhaps more mentally than physically) by the third set, but the fatigue was more harmful to Shvedova.