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French golden girl exits French Open

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Russia's Nadia Petrova took just fifteen minutes to push France's Aravane Rezai out of the French Open on Saturday, defeating the number 15 seed in a third-round match suspended due to darkness on Friday at 7-7 in the deciding set.


REUTERS - Local hope Aravane Rezai's dreams of a French Open crown were dashed in 15 minutes on Saturday as Russian Nadia Petrova emerged a 6-7 6-4 10-8 winner of a sudden death shoot-out in the third round.

The 15th-seeded Rezai, who beat Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic and Venus Williams en route to the Madrid Open title earlier this month, cracked first on a chilly Parisian morning after play re-started at 7-7 in the decider.

Rezai had saved three match points against the 19th seeded Petrova late on Friday before play was interrupted by dusk.

After the first three games went against serve, Petrova finally held to prevail on the day's first match point to set up a fourth-round clash with world number two Venus Williams.

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