At 5-all in her match today against Carla Suarez Navarro, Sara Errani--clutching the area around her stomach--called for a medical timeout. She wasn't ill, and she told the trainer and the doctor that it wasn't a muscle problem, and that she was having trouble breathing. Commentator Martina Navratilova suggested that the Italian player had somehow gotten a rib out of place, which is the logical conclusion (though this has not been confirmed, to my knowledge).
At any rate, Errani received treatment by getting her diaphragm released, but she lost the first set 5-7. It looked as though a retirement might be looming, but this was Sara Errani, who is as tough as they come. Also, she has finalist points to defend, and she was playing a woman known for finding ways to lose matches.
Indeed, Suarez Navarro went up 4-2 in the second set, but Errani fought through and broke her, and at that point, you kind of knew what was going to happen. Errani won, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Her opponent in the quarterfinals will be Agnieszka Radwanska, who defeated 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic in straight sets.
Radwanska tends to suffer on clay surfaces, but she's looked pretty comfortable so far at Roland Garros, and has yet to drop a set. Today, the queen of trick shots threw in a tweener, just for good measure. This is the first time in her career that Radwanska has reached the quarterfinals of the French Open--and the first time she's played in Paris as a blonde. Just saying.
Errani's doubles partner, co-world number 1 Roberta Vinci, lost in straight sets to singles world number 1 Serena Williams, but Vinci's performance gave spectators something to appreciate.
Williams will face 2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals. Kuznetsova defeated 8th seed Angelique Kerber 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Ivanovic's exit means that four former champions are still in the draw.