French teenage hope Alizé Cornet bowed out of the French Open on Friday, followed by 5th seed Serena Williams, as the home colours fared better in the men's competition.
REUTERS - A trio of French men dashed into the fourth round at Roland Garros on Friday while hopes of ending the eight-year drought since a home women's winner petered out with a whimper.
Wildcard Jeremy Chardy, Michael Llodra and Paul-Henri Mathieu all booked last 16 places and they could be joined by
Gael Monfils, Florent Serra and Julien Benneteau to make it a record six French men in the fourth round since tennis turned professional in 1968.
Chardy, who before this week had only won two matches on the ATP Tour, clinched his third grand slam victory with a 7-6 6-3 6-4 defeat of Russian Dmitry Tursunov.
World number 145 Chardy, who had knocked out Argentine sixth seed David Nalbandian on Thursday, was joined by compatriot Llodra, a 7-6 6-4 7-6 winner over Italy's Simone Bolelli.
Paul-Henri Mathieu, seeded 18, held his nerve to beat Argentine Eduardo Schwank 6-2 6-3 3-6 7-6.
The outstanding performance of the men is all the more surprising given that French number one Richard Gasquet and
Australian Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga both pulled out with knee injuries.
After Marion Bartoli's first-round exit and Amelie Mauresmo's second-round defeat, the weight of local hopes was on
Alize Cornet's shoulders.
But the 18-year-old Rome finalist could not match Agnieszka Radwanska's pace and bowed out when she was beaten 6-4 6-4 on Court One on Friday.
There was a flicker of hope for Emilie Loit but the world number 108 lost 7-6 5-7 6-2 to Swiss 10th seed Patty Schnyder.
French Open men's singles results from Paris on Friday (prefix number denotes seeding, * denotes new result)
*18-Paul-Henri Mathieu (France) beat Eduardo Schwank
(Argentina) 6-2 6-3 3-6 7-6(9)
3-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Wayne Odesnik (U.S.) 7-5 6-4 6-2
Jeremy Chardy (France) beat 30-Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) 7-6(1)
22-Fernando Verdasco (Spain) beat 15-Mikhail Youzhny (Russia)
7-6(5) 5-7 7-5 6-1
Michael Llodra (France) beat Simone Bolelli (Italy) 7-6(2) 6-4
19-Nicolas Almagro (Spain) beat 10-Andy Murray (Britain) 6-3
6-7(3) 6-3 7-5
Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) beat Nicolas Lapentti (Ecuador) 6-3 7-5
2-Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat 26-Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) 6-1
Julien Benneteau (France) beat Alejandro Falla (Colombia) 1-6
7-6(6) 6-3 6-7(4) 6-0
Florent Serra (France) beat Victor Hanescu (Romania) 6-4 6-3
French Open women's singles results from Paris on Friday (prefix number denotes seeding, * denotes new result)
*Carla Suarez (Spain) beat Casey Dellacqua (Australia) 6-3 6-3
*10-Patty Schnyder (Switzerland) beat Emilie Loit (France)
7-6(4) 5-7 6-2
14-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat 19-Alize Cornet (France)
Petra Cetkovska (Czech Republic) beat Iveta Benesova (Czech
Republic) 6-3 6-3
2-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) beat 30-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
27-Katarina Srebotnik (Slovenia) beat 5-Serena Williams (U.S.)
*11-Vera Zvonareva (Russia) beat Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (France)
1-Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat Bethanie Mattek (U.S.) 6-2 3-6
25-Nadia Petrova (Russia) beat Alisa Kleybanova (Russia) 6-3
Date created : 2008-05-30