Tennis

Federer cruises; Petrova ousts Venus

Belgian's Justine Henin celebrates after beating Russia's Maria Sharapova (not seen) in three sets at Roland Garros on Sunday. Photo: AP

Belgian's Justine Henin celebrates after beating Russia's Maria Sharapova (not seen) in three sets at Roland Garros on Sunday. Photo: AP  

Top seed and defending champion Roger Federer showed no mercy for best friend Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday when he handed his Olympic gold medal-winning teammate a 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-2 French Open thumping.

Federer was barely troubled by his compatriot, easing to a fifth career win in six clashes in five minutes short of two hours.

In the women's section, second seed Venus Williams crashed to Russia's Nadia Petrova in the fourth round as four-time champion Justine Henin edged a tight battle with Maria Sharapova.

Venus, a runner-up here in 2002, became the biggest casualty of the tournament so far when she lost 6-3, 6-4 to Petrova, the 19th seed, on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Dramatic

“It's the most dramatic Roland Garros of my career,” said 27-year-old Petrova, who completed an epic win over France's Aravane Rezai on Saturday in which she secured victory by winning the deciding set 10-8.

Williams spurned two break points in the first set and Petrova made her pay for her profligacy by converting one of the two break points that came her way to take a one-set lead.

A netted forehand from Petrova, twice a semifinalist, gave Williams an early break of serve in the second set but the Russian broke back and then broke again to take a 4-3 lead.

The Russian was 5-3 and 30-0 up on Williams's serve when she appeared to lose her nerve, miscuing a straightforward smash and netting a forehand, but she recovered to whip a forehand past the American on her first match point.

Petrova will meet compatriot Elena Dementieva, the fifth seed, for a place in the semifinals.

Wozniacki through

Danish third seed Caroline Wozniacki, 19, came through an engaging three-hour scrap with Italy's 14th seed Flavia Pennetta to reach a quarterfinal showdown with another Italian, Francesca Schiavone.

Henin stops Sharapova

Henin displayed all her trademark grit to see off fellow former world number one Sharapova, hitting back from 0-2 and 0-40 down in the last set to claim a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory that takes her into round four.

The match resumed on Sunday after play was suspended at one set all amid fading light on Saturday evening and Henin's victory consigned 12th seed Sharapova to her earliest French Open exit since 2003.

Dementieva swept into the quarterfinals with an emphatic 6-1, 6-3 victory over South African qualifier Chanelle Scheepers.

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