Venus Williams and Nadia Petrova had to deal with cold weather and wind in their round of 16 French Open match today, and it was 19th seed Petrova who handled the elements better. Serving, returning and volleying with all the skill she possesses (but doesn't always use), Petrova attained a 6-4, 6-3 victory, breaking 2nd seed Williams four times. This was Petrova's first win over Williams, and it was the first time the pair had ever played each other on clay.
Petrova's countrywoman, Maria Kirilenko, seeded 30th, did not advance. She was defeated 6-4, 6-4 by 17th seed Francesca Schiavone.
The other Russian, Elena Dementieva, seeded 5th, had a 6-1, 6-3 win over Chanelle Scheepers. Dementieva and Petrova will face each other in the quarterfinals.