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Serena Williams sweeps into French Open fourth round

  |   May 31, 2013 at 3:50 PM
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PARIS, May 31 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Serena Williams reached the fourth round of the French Open with a straight-set win Friday and defending champion Maria Sharapova also advanced.

Williams, who has won a career-best 27 consecutive matches, won the first seven games of a 6-0, 6-2 romp over 26th-seeded Sorana Cirstea in 61 minutes. The opening set took 23 minutes, with Williams winning 29 of the 42 points.

Cirstea did manage three break opportunities but Williams won them all while taking 70 percent of the points on serve. Williams has lost a total of six games over her six sets in the tournament.

Sharapova, the No. 2 seed, claimed a second-round win by finishing off a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Eugenie Bouchard. Sharapova was up 4-2 in the second set Thursday when play was called because of rain.

Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, in Friday's final match, joined Sharapova in the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Dinah Pfizenmaier. Radwanska dropped her serve only once and won about two-thirds of the points on serve.

Sara Errani, the fifth seed, took out No. 32 Sabine Lisicki 6-0, 6-4 and eighth-seeded Angelique Kerber edged by Varvara Lepchenko 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, also in the third round.

In other results Friday, 12th-seeded Maria Kirilenko ran past Ashleigh Barty 6-3, 6-1 and No. 13 Marion Bartoli claimed a 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 win over Mariana Duque-Marino in second-round matches.

Also winning third-round matches were No. 14 Ana Ivanovic, 15th-seeded Roberta Vinci and No. 21 Kirsten Flipkens. Unseeded players making the fourth round were Carla Suarez Navarro and Svetlana Kuznetsova while Kaia Kanepi claimed a three-set win in a second-round match.

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